Aishwarya turns emotional as she remembers her father

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was very close to her father and while talking about her close bond with her father Krishnaraj Rai, who passed away in March last year, Ash turned emotional. The actress supports an NGO 'Smile Train' working religiously towards bringing smile to number of children with cleft lips. While supporting the event, Ash remembers her father with a smile on her face. 

Aishwarya said, “Last year, Smile Train very generously offered to honour my father, late Mr Krishnaraj Rai, by announcing his birthday, 20th of November, as the 'day of smiles.' Thank you because this meant so much to us. My father worked with me with Smile Train. I like to always do something more effective and concrete on every personal occasion of our family, that’s what my parents always taught me.

"My daughter’s birthday is on the 16th and my father’s on 20th, so it was the year before, his last, that we celebrated together. This year was particularly emotional for us as a family and with daddy, it had to be about smiles. Celebrating everything he has taught me, everything he has passed through me to Aaradhya, it had to be about bringing a smile to people’s lives. Thank you that we have decided that 20th November will be the day of smiles.”

Aishwarya’s charity Aishwarya Rai Foundation has also collaborated on the NGO which has enabled 500,00 cleft surgeries for kids in the span of 18 years, with her association being for a decade. in her speech, she thanked the doctors, nurses, corporate sector, and the donors for succeeding in the mission.

The actress also spoke about her family’s participation on the initiative. “My parents and my daughter, albeit very early in her life, has gotten introduced to the work we do together on Smile Train. I’m so thankful to god that I’ve been able to share in the experience and get them to recognise and get them to participate in such effective work with children.”