Veteran actress Madhuri Dixit has been titled the most inspirational female Bollywood icon, becoming the first to receive the honour instituted last year.
Madhuri has bestowed the honour at the 3rd annual Bradford Inspirational Women Awards (BIWA) in UK.
Last year, as the world celebrated 100 years of Bollywood cinema, a special category was announced at BIWA 2013 for the public to nominate their most Inspirational Female Bollywood face.
The 46-year-old said in a special video message played at the event; “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 honour.”
“I have been a staunch advocate of women’s empowerment and I have worked hard throughout my career to advance the cause. It is heartening to see that gender equality is really becoming more of a reality. There is still much more to be done and I’m confident that, by working together, we can empower women worldwide. I would personally like to thank Fatima Patel, Jane Vincent and the Inspirational Women’s Foundation for making this possible. Thank you,” the actress added.