Actor Preity Zinta will be honoured at the Venice Film Festival today for bringing cultural harmony through her work.
She will be awarded the World Diamond Group Platinum Award for Peoples' Friendship at the Kineo Diamanti al Cinema event at the 68th Venice Film Festival.
She will be felicitated with a white olive tree, with its tree trunk sculpted off a block of Carrara hand-carved marble, and its branches and leaves fashioned out of 3,333 grams of platinum and 3,003 diamonds - 2,503 marquise cut and 500 new 82 facets round cut - adding to a total of 366 carats.
Previously, this award has been presented to Hollywood actor Natalie Portman in 2009.
With this, Preity becomes the only Indian actor to have been presented this award.
Other guests who will be present at the event will include Oscar-winning actor Kate Winslet and singer Madonna.
Before leaving for the festival, an excited Preity posted on microblogging site Twitter Friday: "Its time 2 say goodbye 2 French Fries and Hi 2 French Fashion ! Yess... I will leave 4 Venice Film Festival Tomorrow. So excited."