IFFM 2017: Aishwarya Hoists Indian Flag; Sushant, Konkona Win Big

Bollywood graces Melbourne this weekend with their presence at the 80th edition of the Indian Film Festival in Melbourne (IFFM 2017) which kicked off on 10 August. As part of the celebrations for India’s 70th Independence Day, Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, along with daughter Aaradhya, hoisted the Indian Flag at the Federation Square.

A clearly moved Ash also gave a little speech:

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan hoists the Indian flag in Melbourne, Australia as daughter Aaradhya looks on.

At the Westpac Awards Night on August 11, B-town celebrities like Karan Johar, Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, Malaika Arora, Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkummar Rao, Rahul Bose, Konkana Sen, Simi Garewal turned out in full regalia.

Here are the highlights from the event:

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan was felicitated with Excellence in Global Cinema Award at Indian Film Festival Melbourne 2017.

Sushant Singh Rajput won the Best Actor Award at the Indian Film Festival Melbourne for his role in M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s winning speech at IFFM 2017.  Thank you so, so much. I’m so honoured. Last time I was in Melbourne - it was in 2006 during the Commonwealth Games, where I was a backup dancer for the so, so beautiful Bollywood stars. And this time I’m here to receive the Best Actor Award.

Konkana Sen was awarded the Best Actress Award at the Indian Film Festival Melbourne for her role of Shreen Aslam in Lipstick Under My Burkha, which has won hearts.

Konkona poses for the cameras at the IFFM 2017.

Bollywood Actor Rajkummar Rao won the Best Actor (Special Mention) Award for his film Trapped.

An excited Rajkummar Rao excited after receiving the award. 

Director Nitish Tiwari won the Best Director trophy for his movie Dangal.

Nitish Tiwari makes a speech after his win at IFFM 2017. 

Karan Johar was awarded the Leadership in Cinema Award at the Indian Film Festival Melbourne 2017.

Karan Johar with Mitu Bhowmick Lange at the IFFM 2017.

Karan Johar also presented the Diversity Award to Grath Davis for Lion.

Karan Johar and Grath Davis at IFFM 2017.

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