Cannes Film Festival 2013 (Image: Mid-Day)

Cannes Film Festival 2013 (Image: Mid-Day)
Cannes Film Festival 2013 (Image: Mid-Day)

As the celebration of the Cannes festival got off to a grand start, it was Amitabh Bachchan with ‘The Great Gatsby’ co-starLeonadro DiCaprio who announced the opening of the re-nowned international event.

As French actress Audrey Taotou announced the celebration of a 100 years of the Indian Film Industry, Bachchan spoke to his Indian audiences in Hindi, expressing his gratitude to the Cannes film festival for all their support.

Later, the actor expressed how he felt via his blog site, explaining, “Truly a historic moment for me, but immensely historic and honourable for the Indian film industry, a fraternity that I am and shall always be most proud of.”

Talking about his thank you speech, Bachchan went onto sate, “For a complete alien in the midst of Cannes to be acknowledged, is the proudest moment for me as an Indian. Acknowledging Cannes in recognising 100 years of Indian cinema, it was absolutely imperative for me to address, in my mother tongue.”

Bachchan will be seen playing the character Meyer Wolfsheim, in the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s adaptation, directed by Baz Luhrmann. Bachchanwill be seen sharing the screen with the like of DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan