Aishwarya Rai Bachchan hoists Indian flag in Melbourne on Independence day

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

It has a line-up of over 60 Bollywood films, indie films and short films in 20 different languages, which are from India and the subcontinent, including over 30 Australian premieres, read the statement from the fest organisers.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is now in Australia for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM)- Australia's annual celebration of film from India and the subcontinent- looked stunning as she walked the red carpet. Films like Dangal, Trapped, A Death in the Gunj are nominated in best film category while actors like Amitabh Bachchan for Pink and Rajkumar Rao for Trapped are also nominated.

Dangal and Baahubali are truly the people's choice in the best possible way as both of them are highest and second highest grossing film of all time respectively.

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Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari too was very overwhelmed as he said, "This is my first worldwide award and it will truly be remembered". He also won the People's Choice Award which he shared with Baahubali 2.

A delighted Aishwarya gave her acceptance speech saying, "I'm so humbled and filed with gratitude to be given this award". As an artist I have so much more to explore but it's great to have this honour.

Expressing his happiness to receive an award, Sushant said,"Thank you so, so much. Celebrating our 70th Independence Day will forever be such a lovely memory for me and my dearest Aaradhya". Kudos to the Bollywood fraternity!

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