Mumbai: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was honoured by France with a prestigious civilian award for her contribution to art on November 1st on her birthday. Francois Richier, Ambassador of France to India was present to confer the honour of 'Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters' (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), the second highest civilian French honour on her. However, it was Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's eleven month old daughter Aaradhya who grabbed attention as she kept crying constantly.
Aishwarya's entire family including husband Abhishek, father-in-law Amitabh and her parents were all present as the 39-year-old actress was conferred with the honour of 'Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters' (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).
The event took place at Sofitel hotel in Bandra Kurla Complex last evening and was supposed to start at 7.30 pm but began at 9 pm instead. Doting mother Aishwarya held Aaradhya in her arms when she entered the hall where the event was scheduled to happen. As she went on stage to receive the award, Aaradhya kept crying constantly and it was father Abhishek who carried her outside. "It gets overwhelming for babies. That is why we get protective (about children). We would love to share our personal moments with all of you but we tend to take care of our babies," Aishwarya said.
The actress got a little emotional and said, "I am realising what it takes to be a mother. Thank you for giving me such an undefinable experience of being a mother. It surpasses everything." Aaradhya, born November 2011, has been clicked by shutterbugs on a few occasions when Aishwarya went abroad for a work related commitment, when she travelled to Chicago and the most recent being at grandfather Amitabh Bachchan's 70th birthday bash on October 10 in Mumbai.
Here, we have some exclusive pictures of Aishwarya Rai and her family (Abhishek Bachchan, daughter Aaradhya, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan) who were present at the award function.