First Picture: Aishwarya, Aaradhya hoist National flag in Melbourne


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya Bachchan hoisted the National flag in Melbourne this morning.

Aishwarya gets emotional and gave a heartfelt speech in Hindi, post the flag hoisting ceremony. She said, “I am feeling so proud right now. I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for giving me this lifetime experience. Me along with my loving daughter Aaradhya will remember this day all our lives. Thank you so much Melbourne. Thank you all for giving us such a moment of pride and happiness with so much love involved. Celebrating our 70th year of independence!”

The actress and the former beauty queen first spoke in Hindi and then translates her words into English for the non-Hindi speaking people.

The mother-daughter duo was dressed in colour co-ordinated in white. Aaradhya looked quite adorable as she stands on the podium with her mom and saluting the National flag.

When director of IFFM was asked to comment about Aishwarya, he had said, ” IFFM is proud to welcome one of India’s most loved and iconic actors – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – to the festival and look forward to celebrating Indian cinema in Australia.”

At the event, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was awarded with the Westpac IFFM Excellence in Global Cinema award, presented by The Victorian Premier

Speaking about her big win, highly delighted Aishwarya said, "I'm so humbled and filed with gratitude to be given this award. We as creative people always wish to do more and I'm far far away from resting. As an artist I have so much more to explore but it's great to have this honour. But above all I must thank the fans, who have loved me so immensely and it's because of you we get to live our dream, our passion ".


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