Aishwarya kick-starts the 16th Mumbai film festival

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan kick-starts the16th edition of the Mumbai film festival officially, today. She called it an ‘honour’ to be given the privilege to inaugurate such a prestigious event.

"Kudos to the team and everybody who has made this happen. I knew what was going on and what it took to keep the flag going. I am experiencing the conviction, belief, faith they had to keep this festival going. I take such pride and such an honour to be standing here today and declaring 16th Mumbai Film festival open," Aishwarya told reporters after the opening ceremony.

Aishwarya, Helen and Catherine Deneuve were the guest of honour at the opening ceremony. Veteran actresses Helen and her French counterpart Catherine Deneuve were conferred with the lifetime achievement awards.

Aishwarya looked lovely in a Sabyasachi saree. The film festival will continue till Oct 21 and Deepika Padukone and Akshay Kumar were among the celebrities and the event has been hosted by Kalki Koechlin.

1949 blockbuster ‘Andaz’ and Chetan Anand's masterpiece, ‘Kinare Kinare’, will also be showcased by film historian and archivist SMM Ausaja. "Andaz is iconic not only because it was the only time Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Nargis appeared together in a film, but also because it was a benchmark for production values back in the day," says Ausaja, explaining his choice of posters for the opening ceremony. "And Kinare Kinare, starring Dev Anand and Meena Kumari, is unique because unlike most vintage posters that had only faces or busts of the main leads, this one features both in full length," he concludes.