Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif, who made her Cannes International Film Festival red carpet debut last year as the ambassador of a cosmetic brand, will not be attending the prestigious film gala this year due to "prior commitments."
Disappointed at missing the film fest that acts as a "fabulous platform" for an artiste, Katrina said that it has been 'an enormously busy year' for her so far that is keeping her on her toes, but she hopes to be a part of the film gala next year.
"Cannes is a fabulous platform for any artist to attend, and I really enjoyed the experience last year. While the brand invited me to attend Cannes again this year, I have had to regretfully decline the opportunity due to prior commitments," Katrina said in a statement.
Katrina is busy with Anurag Basu's upcoming film Jagga Jasoos, co-starring Ranbir Kapoor. She also has Baar Baar Dekho lined up.
"This has been an enormously busy year for me so far and I am working on some amazing projects which are really keeping me on my toes. Although, I will be missing Cannes this year, I wish that the lovely Loreal Paris ambassadors, who will proudly represent India the very best and I hope to attend next year," added Katrina.
Katrina was praised by one and all for her sartorial choices and confident stride on the red carpet last year.
Raagjeet Garg, general manager, Loreal Paris India said that they respect her for her "dedication to her work and are going to miss her magic at Cannes 2016."
"Katrina had a glorious debut at Cannes last year and was one of the most spoken about Loreal Paris ambassadors at the platform. Unfortunately, she's unable to attend the event this year due to some prior commitments. We absolutely respect her dedication to her work and are going to miss her magic at Cannes 2016," Mr Garg said.
The Cannes International Film Festival is scheduled to be held from May 11 to May 21.
Actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor will be representing the brand at the event this year.