Aishwarya Rai Bachchan became the first Indian actor to hoist the Indian National Flag at the Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne (IFFM 2017) that started on August 10 and shall continue till August 22. The Film Festival is Australia’s annual celebration of film from India and the subcontinent.

The official handle of the film festival took to Twitter to post a picture of the actress and her daughter Aaradhya Bachchan, with a caption that read, “Aishwarya Rai Bachchan hoists the Indian national flag at @FedSquare celebrating the 70th yrs of Indian independence” They also kept giving live updates throughout the event.

Upon being given the opportunity to unfurl the Indian National flag at the event, Aishwarya was overwhelmed and expressed her gratitude. The gorgeous actress who was present there with her daughter, Aaradhya, 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 actress also got a special mention as she won the “Excellence in Global Cinema Award” at the coveted Awards’ function yesterday. She was deeply honoured and humbled to receive the award. She said, “I’m so humbled and filed with gratitude to be given this award. We as creative people always wish to do more and I’m far far away from resting. As an artist I have so much more to explore but it’s great to have this honour. But above all I must thank the fans, who have loved me so immensely and it’s because of you we get to live our dream, our passion “.