Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has become the first Indian woman to hoist the National Flag at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), an annual Indian film festival based in Melbourne, Australia.

A picture was posted by IFFM on their Twitter handle which read: “Aishwarya Rai Bachchan hoists the Indian national flag at @FedSquare celebrating the 70th yrs of Indian independence”.

Aishwarya Rai was seen with her daughter Aradhya and both looked lovely.

While the 43-year-old actress was seen in a stunning white and light blue floor length anarkali, her little princess wore a white ghagra choli.

Speaking at the event, Aishwarya Rai said, “Thank you so much Melbourne, thank you everyone for giving us such a moment of pride and happiness with so much love and warmth. Celebrating our 70th Independence Day will forever be such a beautiful memory for me and my dearest Aaradhya.”

The Bollywood diva also met Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria, Australia, with Bhowmick.

The festival, which started on Thursday, will be showcasing films with inspiring stories and experiences.

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.

Besides screenings, the fest will also hold several special events including flag hoisting event, master classes, Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition, screening at Dandenong and a special awards night.

(With IANS inputs)

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