Aishwarya Rai Bachchan hoists Indian flag in Melbourne

Ivan Schwartz
August 13, 2017

The event turned to be a gala affair with the likes of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karan Johar, Malaika Arora and Sushant Singh Rajput in attendance.

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The ' Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" star, who donned a black embroidered dress, was bestowed with "Excellence in Global Cinema' award at the film festival.

Filmmaker Nitesh Tiwari accepted the award for Best Director for the global super hit Dangal.

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Karan Johar presents the Diversity Award to Garth Davis for Lion. In his acceptance speech, Sushant said, "Thank you so so much".

"Last time I was in Melbourne I was dancing behind Bollywood stars as a background dancer in the Commonwealth Games and now being recognised as the best actor really feels great", Sushant said in a statement. For me, filmmaking is always my first love.

Bollywood Queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has become the first female actor ever to hoist the Indian National Flag at Australia's Indian Film festival of Melbourne (IIFM). Kudos to the Bollywood fraternity!

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