Aishwarya Rai Bachchan while declaring the festival’s open expressed her innate love for the Mumbai Film Festival. She commended The 16th Mumbai Film Festival for marvelously showcasing world cinema year after year and giving every cinema-goer a reason to look forward to an annual feat of films.
As always Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked gorgeous in a simple midnight blue Sabyasachi nine yard that had an orange and gold border running on the sides with a matching long sleeve blouse.
“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 Rai Bachchan told reporters after the opening ceremony.
The quintessential Chandan Cinema resonated with applause as globally acclaimed veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve and Bollywood’s diva Helen were conferred with the coveted The Lifetime Achievement Awards for their outstanding contribution to the world cinema.
Catherine Deneuve stepped forward amidst a roaring round of applause, to receive the award from Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Soon after, a rousing welcome greeted Helen when Kalki Koechlin invited her on stage and Akshay Kumar escorted the Helen to bestow The Lifetime Achievement honor up on her on behalf of The Mumbai Film Festival. Akshay Kumar particularly commended Helen for her inimitable dedication and vast body of work.
The opening ceremony of The 16th Mumbai Film Festival commenced with a speech from noted filmmaker, Shyam Benegal in the presence of personalities like Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kiran Rao, Ayan Mukerji, Homi Adjania, Anupama Chopra, Anurag Kashyap, Gauri Shinde among others.
The The 16th Mumbai Film Festival will continue till October 21, 2014.
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