The 46 year old is the first to be honoured with this as part of contribution in Bollywood Cinema. This was a special category announced last year at BIWA 2013 marking the 100 year celebration of Bollywood. The actress, who was delighted with the honour said in her special video message at the event – “Greeting 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 is indeed a great honour” she said.
Madhuri further expressed her views on the changing times with gender equality. “I’ve been a staunch advocate of women 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 winners of all categories were selected by an unbiased bench of independent panel. Judges Adeeba Malik, Deputy Chief Excecutive of Bradford based charity, David Ward, MP, Bradford East and Susan Jones, HR Director; Freeman Grattan Holdings selected the winners.