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Deepika Padukone
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Give Mumbai Festival High Profile Launch

LOS ANGELES ( - Superstar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will officiate tomorrow at the start of the 16th Mumbai Film Festival (Oct. 14-21). The opening ceremony is expected to count on a high-profile contingent of Bollywood stars Ranbir Kapoor, Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma. That is a happy situation vastly different from six weeks ago, when, for lack of finance, festival organizers turned to social media and crowd sourcing. Led by TV film critic Anupama Chopra, they brought in donations from celebrity fans and non-institutional industry sources. In recent days, corporate sponsors have also showed up. Box office measuring service, Rentrak, which is set to launch its India...