India's Rai Bachchan ignores chatter about weight

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By HILARY FOX, Associated Press

Cannes, France (AP) — Aishwarya Rai Bachchan says she's is happy with herself and her weight — a rare combination in the world of celebrities.

The Indian actress was at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday night, where she walked the red carpet in an elegant cream-and-gold sari to attend the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS auction.

Fans were eager to see if the former Miss World was back in shape after giving birth to her daughter Aaradhya last year, but she said she doesn't worry about that. There have been some cruel comments made online about her weight but Rai Bachchan says she simply tries to avoid the Internet on that topic.

"An actor is in the public eye, there will be opinions," Rai Bachchan told The Associated Press on the roof of a Riviera hotel. "I'm very thankful to everyone out there who gives me so much love and so much positivity that the negativity doesn't come in here, it just doesn't touch me at all."

She laughingly says there's no way she's going on a diet for anyone.

"I think in life it's important to be healthy," she explained. "I have always enjoyed my food and I have never been one for strict diets and I'm not taking any recommendations now either!"

This is the 10th year that Rai Bachchan has appeared at Cannes as one of L'Oreal's spokesmodels and the 38-year-old actress says she is quite used to posing on the red carpet.

"It's really been almost a part of every day for so many years now that I have never let it define me - it's just a moment to enjoy," she said.

She's bracing to get back to work but would happily welcome another child with husband Abhishek Bachchan.

"Aaradhya is here and she is my angel, I mean, it's just absolutely blissful," she said. "If another child or children are meant to be, then God knows and I'll receive the blessing."

The Cannes Film Festival runs until Sunday.

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