Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori both shared the limelight at Cannes for their upcoming film, Kites, but where was Kangana Ranaut?

The Bollywood star plays a pivotal role in the film, yet wasn't invited to the event which left many people wondering why, with Producer Rakesh Roshan claiming that a last minute plan was the reason for the miss.

A source close to Kangana told IANS: "Kangana was not told to accompany Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik (Roshan) and Anurag Basu although the director is very close to her and in fact, was instrumental in recommending her for the role in 'Kites'.

"We believe the team wanted to focus on the Hrithik-Barbara pair to give 'Kites' a more international crossover appeal at Cannes."

When questioned, Rakesh Roshan simply added: "We ourselves were not sure till the last minute who was going or not. Even my brother Rajesh Roshan, who has done the 'Kites' music, was left out because of the last-minute flurry.

"I think our co-producers Big Pictures would be the best people to comment on why Kangana couldn't go."

When contacted, a representative of Big Pictures told Masala: "I think Mr. Rakesh Roshan would be able to comment on why Kangana wasn't at Cannes."