By TAMARA ABRAHAM, DEBORAH ARTHURS and JADE WATKINS
Stunning turn: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked stunning on the red-carpet for the premiere of Cosmopolis in Cannes this evening
She was heavily criticised for not losing her baby weight in stellar time.
But Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is not letting cruel weight jibes spoil her baby bliss.
The new mother couldn't help but gush about her six-month-old baby girl Aaradhya as she posed on the red-carpet at the Cannes premiere of Cosmopolis this evening.
'(Motherhood) is wonderful. You ask the question and I beam!' she said.
'It’s splendid... It’s inexplicable.The joy, the bliss, is wonderful. A smile from my daughter and that’s it! She’s good. She’s great.'
While she has been lambasted in her own country by fans for her approach to baby weight loss, the Bollywood star, who was once dubbed 'the most beautiful woman in the world', looked stunning for her red-carpet appearance tonight.
Aishwarya dazzled in a floor-length glittering gown
So incredibly happy: In the face of being criticised by fans in her native India about her baby weight, the Bollywood star told reporters that motherhood was 'splendid'
The Indian star's ensemble featured a strapless design with a sheer embellished long-sleeve overlay and a long train.
The brunette beauty kept her accessories simple, carrying a simple metallic clutch and a pair of diamond studded earrings.
She wore her dark tresses out in an old-Hollywood style curl and made her beautiful blue eyes pop with plenty of black eyeliner.
Aishwarya has put on a stunning turn during her time in Cannes.
Gorgeous: The Indian star's ensemble featured a strapless design with a sheer embellished long-sleeve overlay and long train
At the AmfAR Cinema Against Aids gala on Thursday night she looked gorgeous 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 except for the dark eyeliner around her eyes.
The former Miss World, who is married to Abhishek Bachchan, the son of one of India's best-loved stars, gave birth to her daughter, in November last year.
All eyes in Aish: The actress certainly dazzled the crowd and press with her appearance
She found international fame in the Hollywood film Bride and Prejudice, and Julia Roberts billed her as the world's most beautiful woman.
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.
Star turn: Baby weight or not, Aishwarya looked every inch the Bollywood beauty in a gold embroidered sari and co-ordinating tailored jacket with Mandarin collar at the AmfAR Cinema Against Aids gala on Thursday night
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.'
'The most beautiful woman in the world': Aishwarya Rai won Miss World in 1994