Mumbai, Jan 10 : Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made a rare public appearance on Wednesday at the announcement event of the annual Filmfare Awards in Mumbai.
This year marks 100 years of Indian cinema and the 60th anniversary of the popular movie awards, which are named after Filmfare Magazine.
“Each passing year has led to many innovations in Indian cinema and the horizon of creativity has been ever broadening,” Aishwarya told reporters.
“Today Indian cinema enjoys global recognition retaining our identity on the world platform with absolute pride.”
Aishwarya has not acted in a movie since giving birth to baby girl Aradhya in 2010.
“This is the first year that I am not a part actually of the Filmfare Awards because of no releases but for by far the most special reason in my life and that is of course having had Aradhya,” she explained.
Awards organizer Tarun Rai said that this year's Filmfare trophy will be a little bit special.
“To celebrate the 100 years of cinema we thought we should do something special with the black lady (trophy) so this year as a commemoration to 100 years of cinema we have actually got a gold plated base for all the trophies that are going to go out,” he explained.
“This year the pressure is even more so because it's a very, very special year,” he continued.
“100 years of Indian cinema is a really a milestone and it's also 60 years of Filmfare, so you can look forward to a few surprises at these awards. It's going to be an even bigger spectacle than it has been in the earlier years.”