Divas On Top
Madhuri Dixit, Sushmita Sen honoured for excellence; Parineeti Chopra, Prateik Babbar win rising star awards
Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit and former beauty queen and actress Sushmita Sen were honoured for individual excellence in the field of acting and entrepreneurship respectively in Gurgaon last week.
While Sen was honoured with the woman entrepreneur award for successfully running her organisation, I Am She, Dixit was conferred with the platinum diva award, at Planman Media's Power-brands Hall of Fame awards held at Kingdom of Dreams. "I have come here with a lot of hard work," said Dixit, who was accompanied by husband Sriram Nene.
Sen said, "It has been a journey for me. I won Miss Universe in 1994, got to do my first film, Dastak, in 1996 and now I received this for I Am She, which I opened two years ago." Sen said she started the organisation with the idea of making "our Indian beauties capable enough to win international titles".
"All you people have been a source of great strength," she added.
Parineeti Chopra and Prateik Babbar received the rising star awards. "Just a year ago, I was not even planning to become an actress. I was working in the corporate world. I always though of becoming a banker, but I think destiny has its own role to play," said Chopra.
"It feels really good that I have been getting so many awards. I promise to keep working harder and I hope to keep everybody happy."
Babbar, who has films such as Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, My Friend Pinto and Aarakshan to his credit, dedicated his trophy to the people he has worked with. "This is really encouraging. I would like to dedicate this to all the people who I have worked in all my films," he said.
Theatre veteran Tom Alter was given an award for exemplary contribution to Indian theatre, while recently crowned Miss Asia Pacific, Himagini Singh Yadu, was honoured with the title of inspirational youth icon.