India might have not had an official entry at the Cannes Film Festival this year, but that is not deterring the businessmen of the country from living it up there!

While the Hinduja brothers throw a bash every year for their friends abroad, this time beer baron Vijay Mallya is throwing his own bash on May 16 at his villa Le Grand Jardin on Sainte-Marguerite. While the Hinduja party is expected to be a sedate affair, Mallya's would be typically boisterous. The invites have already gone to around 300 guests, which include political dignitaries from the Indian and French government. The Indian ambassador in France, Ranjan Mathai is one of the chief guests along with Sushma Singh of the I&B Ministry.

The theme of the party is 'Bollywood' and all the Bollywood dignitaries in Cannes are expected to be present at this party.

According to sources, the DJ has been asked to play a range of film tracks - from Bollywood oldies to Slumdog Millionaire. AR Rahman is expected to attend the party too. Mallya is working closely with the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) and they have promised to get Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan or Preity Zinta to attend the party. Anil Kapoor is also expected to attend the party.

It is said that Aishwarya along with hubby Abhishek already flew to Cannes on Tuesday early morning. Ash and Preity are expected to be present at the Cannes festival to promote their respective beauty and jewellery brands.

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