Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit has been conferred with the most inspirational Bollywood icon award at the third annual “Bradford Inspirational Women Awards (BIWA)” in Bradford, UK. Last year at the celebration event of 100 years of Bollywood cinema, a special category was announced at BIWA 2013. This category involves a chance for the public to nominate their “Most Inspirational Female Bollywood Icon.”
The 46-year-old actor Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit has become the first to receive the honor. Dixit paid gratitude for this title in a video message that was shown at the event. She said, “Greetings everyone. I wanted to reach out and thank the Inspirational Women’s Foundation for choosing me as the most inspirational Female Bollywood Icon of all times. It’s indeed a great honor.”
Madhuri is overwhelmed over people choosing her as the first icon to get this honorable title from BIWA. She said, she has been a staunch supporter and believer of women’s empowerment and has worked diligently all through to press forward the cause. It is exhilarating to see gender difference subside. Since some past years, gender equality is setting in. According to her, a lot more has to be done, and if everybody joins hands to empower women worldwide, nothing can stop us. She added, she would personally like to thank Fatima Patel, Jane Vincent, and the Inspirational Women’s Foundation for making this possible.
Madhuri dominated Bollywood during the 90’s with her astounding performances. She is a proud winner of several awards including six Filmfare Awards for Best Actress, one for Best Supporting Actress, one Special Filmfare Award for completing 25 years in the industry and she also holds the record of having highest Best Actress nominations in Filmfare. She was honored with Padma Shri in 2008.
The uncelebrated female daredevils of Bradford were honored once again for their offerings and accomplishment across public and home life at the coveted award ceremony, which continues to go from strength to strength, with a new category, added each year.
A new category added this year is – “Inspirational Woman in Public Services.” In addition, the founders presented two Special Awards. Inspirational Woman Foundation is a nonprofit organization (NGO) established to work with and to support women, be it at home, in the workplace, in the community or in business. Inspirational Women Awards became a part of this foundation last year.
An autonomous panel of judges comprising Adeeba Malik MBE; Deputy Chief Executive of Bradford-based charity, QED; David Ward MP, Bradford East; and Susan Jones, HR Director, Freeman Grattan Holdings selected the category winners, which were announced on the night.