Cannes 2013: India makes an impact!

By HT

Mumbai, May 21 -- Mercifully, the sun came out blazing on May 19 - the official India Day at Cannes, and my last day at the festival. The sea sparkled a brilliant blue and the yachts were out in full force. The sight was made more dazzling by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who gave interviews on the L'Oreal Paris terrace at the Martinez Hotel. She's lost oodles of weight and looked stunning in a Zac Posen skirt.

We chatted about how the festival has shaped her as an actor and the film that will induce her to come out of her self-imposed maternity leave. All she was willing to say was: "I'm reading scripts." That morning, Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox premiered to rave reviews. I interviewed Ritesh and his actors - Irrfan and Nimrit Kaur - on a yacht parked in the dock next to the Palais.

Ritesh told me that he was nervously counting the exits while the screen