By TAMARA ABRAHAM and DEBORAH ARTHURS
Dazzling: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan lived up to her title of 'the world's most beautiful woman' at the AmfAR gala at Cannes last night, just a week after critics slated her for not losing her baby weight fast enough
She may have been criticised in her native India for not losing her baby weight fast enough, but Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked nothing short of dazzling at the AmfAR Cinema Against Aids gala in Cannes last night.
Baby weight or not, the Bollywood actress, 38, lived up to her title of 'the worlds most beautiful woman' in a gold embroidered sari and co-ordinating tailored jacket with Mandarin collar.
Her hair was piled high on her head and adorned with a slender gold band, while her make-up was understated save the dark eyeliner around her eyes.
Star turn: Baby weight or not, the Bollywood actress, 38, looked every inch the Bollywood beauty in a gold embroidered sari and co-ordinating tailored jacket with Mandarin collar
The former Miss World, who is married to Abhishek Bachchan, the son of one of India's best-loved stars, gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in November last year.
She found international fame in the Hollywood film Bride and Prejudice, and Julia Roberts billed her as the world's most beautiful woman.
Letting her fans down? The former Miss World has been lambasted following the publication of an unflattering photo, with critics suggesting that she should have already lost her baby weight
But an unfortunate recent photograph that captured her with a double chin, sparked a flurry of cruel criticism, with some suggesting that she has a 'duty' to her fans to regain her pre-pregnancy figure.
One website posted a video of the star looking less than her usual svelte self, flicking between photographs of her pre-birth, and photos now.
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Called 'Aishwarya Rai's shocking weight gain', the clip, which came accompanied by elephant sound effects, has been seen more than 500,000 times.
Dozens more videos in a similar vein have been posted, each with viewing figures in the tens or hundreds of thousands.
Comments left after the video prove that many of those watching have little sympathy for the star.
'She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit,' one said. Another added: 'She needs to learn from people like Victoria Beckham who are back to size zero weeks after their delivery.'