Actress Aishwarya Rai arrives on the red carpet ahead of the screening of the film "Cosmopolis" in competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival May 25, 2012.
After a series of unimpressive red carpet turnouts by Indian actors at the Cannes Film Festival 2013, all eyes will be on Bollywood diva and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
The 39-year-old actress, widely acclaimed as one of the most beautiful women in the world, is a regular at Cannes, where she is an ambassador for L'Oreal, and rarely disappoints fashion watchers.
Rai and her daughter, Aaradhya Bachchan, reached Cannes on Friday and are expected on the red carpet on Monday (20 May).
The actress's father-in-law, legendary Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, confirmed her arrival by tweeting: "Media tomorrow, and then wait for the bahurani to arrive with bitiya, meet them and get on plane back to London and then home!!"
The fashion statements apart, it will be interesting to see if Rai will walk the red carpet with her 18-month-old daughter in tow. Both the mother and the father, actor Abhishek Bachchan, have been very protective of their child so far.
Pregnancy Weight Row
This time last year, Rai was just recovering from her pregnancy and giving birth to Aaradhya .
And the new mother, quite properly, refused to bow to demands that she return to her pre-pregnancy figure immediately. The furore resulted in an almost worldwide debate on weight gain-related stress for celebrity mothers.
At the end of it all though, not only did Rai walk the Cannes red carpet in her natural figure, but she wound up reclaiming the status of one of the world's most beautiful women.
What Will Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Wear?
Last year Rai opted for a mix of traditional and Western wear, choosing a dark grey Elie Saab gown on one occasion and a sari designed by the Indian design duo of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla.
This year, rumours suggest she will return to the traditional theme, just as fellow Bollywood divas Vidya Balan and Sonam Kapoor did on previous days.
Unfortunately, Balan and Kapoor have so far disappointed. The wardrobe reflects an understandable theme, given Cannes 2013 is honouring the 100th year of Indian cinema, but neither Balan, Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan nor Mallika Sherawat have impressed so far.
It will likely be left to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, as it so often has over the past decade, to rescue a measure of fashion honour.
Meanwhile, scroll down for photos of the glamorous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on the Cannes Film Festival's red carpet, over the years...
Actress Aishwarya Rai arrives on the red carpet ahead of the screening of the film "Cosmopolis" in competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival May 25, 2012.REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Sleeping Beauty", in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, May 12, 2011.REUTERS
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and actor Abhishek Bachchan pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "Chun feng chen zui de ye wan" (Spring Fever), at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival May 14, 2009.REUTERS
Aishwarya Rai arrives for the screening of the film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" by U.S. director Woody Allen at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 17, 2008.REUTERS
Actresses Andie McDowell (L), Kerry Washington (C) and Aishwarya Rai (R) attend the world premiere of "The Da Vinci Code" at the opening night of the 59th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 17, 2006.REUTERS
Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai poses during red carpet arrivals for the out of competition screening of U.S. director Woody Allen's film "Match Point" at the 58th Cannes Film Festival May 12, 2005.REUTERS
Chinese actress Gong Li, Indian actress Aishwarya Rai and French model Laetitia Casta pose during red carpet arrivals on the first day of the 57th International film festival in Cannes, May 12, 2004.REUTERS
Aishwarya Rai salutes as she poses for photographers during a photocall for [Sanjay Leela Bhansali's] film "Devdas" in Cannes May 23, 2002.REUTERS
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and Amitabh Bachchan, cast members of the film 'The Great Gatsby', attend the opening ceremony of the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 15, 2013.REUTERS
Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film 'The Great Gatsby' and for the opening ceremony of the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 15, 2013.REUTERS
Actress Sonam Kapoor poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film 'Jeune & Jolie' (Young & Beautiful) in competition during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 16, 2013.REUTERS
Jury member of the 66th Cannes Film Festival actress Vidya Balan arrives on stage during the opening ceremony of the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 15, 2013.REUTERS