Aishwarya Rai Bachchan declared the 16th Mumbai Film Festival open on Tuesday, 14th October, 2014. After the opening ceremony, Aishwarya talked to the reporters and said, “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 was looking extremely gorgeous in a blue and orange Sabyasachi saree. Also in attendance were Akshay Kumar, Ranbir Kapoor, Helen and Catherine Deneuve.