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Actor Saif Ali Khan, who made his debut at the ongoing Cannes International Film Festival, wore a dinner jacket designed by Tom Ford for his red carpet appearance.

A good combination of elegance and style, we must say that the actor represents class and panache effortlessly.

Speaking from the French Riviera, Khan says, “I was at the festival to represent a brand but I felt like I am representing the Indian film industry too. And I feel proud to do so. Yesterday, I hosted a party and truly enjoyed meeting some interesting people from global cinema and understanding their approach towards film making.”

Khan says that what struck him the most was the difference in the taste for cinema between the two cultures.

“It’s amazing how different their taste and palette towards cinema is compared to ours! For me, the ideal reason for coming back to Cannes would be to showcase a movie. I hope I come back representing a film we produce in the near future. For now it’s been a great experience to be here at the French Riviera,” he signs off.

It’s always nice to have people look after you when you are in a foreign land and especially for the opening night of the most sought after international film event where the world’s best congregate. The interest of being present at the Festival De Cannes as a guest of global luxury brand Chivas Regal was strong.

The flight from Mumbai to Nice in France was long, but the personal welcome on arrival was most refreshing. I was driven straight to the classy and luxurious Martinez Hotel. The Tom Ford jacket which I planned to wear seemed apt for the red carpet. A sense of expectation was there, and a certain curiosity to meet the finest in my profession.

The ‘red carpet’ at Cannes is most talked about and leads to the opening movie premiere at 7 in the evening. A section of people and media here are no less crazy about Bollywood than in Mumbai. Walking the red carpet with many flashbulbs clicking is something we are used to back home, but seeing the international media with a similar sense made me feel proud of our country, our industry and felt good personally. The movie Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris lived up to its billing for opening Festival De Cannes, 2011.

I am told that a Michelin meal at the Palme d’or was waiting for me when I finished with the screening. After that we headed out to the after partyon the Croisette. I planned to catch up with quite a few guests from the global fraternity. We sure did let our hair down.
Yesterday a helicopter waited to take me to Nice Airport, from where I took a flight back home.

There are no retakes on the red carpet. Saif Ali Khan obviously isn’t aware of it.

Bollywood’s Chhote Nawab was lucky enough to get his Cannes fest break as brand ambassador of a reputed liquor brand. Saif came, walked, and left. Not many noticed.

First, his name wasn’t announced. Worse, he found himself walking the gap between two pairs of Hollywood heavyweights.

In front of Saif were Antonio Banderas and his wife Melanie Griffith. As they passed, the paparazzi were already straining their neck to catch the Latino hunk’s Puss In Boots co- star Salman Hayek and her French tycoon hubby Francois Pinault.

No one seemed interested in the 40- something gent in between.

As a last bid to grab attention, Saif overtook Banderas and Griffith.

That’s when he realised he had run out of red carpet!