"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 told reporters after the opening ceremony.

Aishwarya, Helen and Catherine Deneuve were the guest of honour at the opening ceremony. Helen and Catherine were conferred lifetime achievement awards.

The 16th MAMI film festival will continue till 21st October.

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