Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Bollywood Queen Aishwarya Hosts Indian National Flag At Australia's IIFM

Bollywood Queen Aishwarya Hosts Indian National Flag At Australia's IIFM

The festival was officially opened in the presence of festival director Mitu Bhowmick by special guests: Konkana Sen Sharma and Alankrita Srivastava who lit the ceremonial lamp.

Little Aaradhya stood with patience as her mother gave a speech and exchanged pleasantries.

The high point of the event was of course watching Prabhas-Rana Daggubatti's, Baahubali 2 and Aamir Khan's Dangal that won back to back awards. "I'm so honoured. Last time I was in Melbourne it was in 2006 was the Commonwealth Games where I was a backup dancer for the so, so lovely Bollywood stars and this time I'm here to receive the Best Actor Award". Talking about his win, the filmmaker said, "This is my first global award and it will truly be remembered".

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Aishwarya was deeply honoured and humbled to receive the award.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank people all over the world for giving so much love to Dangal". "I would like to dedicate the honour to every talent, every director who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to do the kind of work that I have done in cinema", she said.

Karan Johar was awarded the Leadership in Cinema Award at this prestigious festival and he presented the IFFM Diversity Award to Garth Davis, director of the Academy nominated film LION. "It's awesome how as directors we get to build people, break them emotionally, cheer them and make them feel happy".

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Konkona Sensharma got the Best Actress award for Lipstick Under My Burkha and the movie got applauded at the film festival as it got Best Indie Film award.

The star studded gala event was also attended by Malaika Arora, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Shoojit Sircar.

The 13-day long festival will close on August 22 with the screening of Raveena Tandon's film Shab and Tramjatra, a documentary which details the unexpected relationship struck between Melbournian tram conductor Roberto D'Andrea and fans and drivers of Kolkata's trams.

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