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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to get the first ever Meryl Streep Award for Excellence

Updated on Sep 06, 2018 03:55 PM IST

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be the first woman ever to receive the inaugural Meryl Streep Award for Excellence by WIFT India.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be honoured with the Meryl Streep Award for Excellence in Washington on Saturday.(Agencies)
Asian News International | By, Washington Dc

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is all set to add another feather to her already loaded cap. The former Miss World will be bestowed with the inaugural Meryl Streep Award for Excellence at the first Women in Film and Television (WIFT) India Award.

The award ceremony, established to honour the best female talent in Bollywood and Hollywood, will take place in Washington DC on September 8.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, WIFT India said that the Fanney Khan star will be rewarded for showcasing a “distinction in her craft and for expanding the role of women within the entertainment industry.”

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan during the inauguration of IMC Ladies' Wing's Women Entrepreneurs' Exhibition, in Mumbai on Wednesday, September 5. (PTI)

Speaking about the award named after veteran Hollywood actor Meryl Streep, WIFT India founding president Petrina D’Rozario said, “Whether it is her extraordinary body of work or her charitable endeavors, Ms. Streep is an inspiration for all.”

“Our aim here is to encourage others to think outside the norm of gender-based hiring practices and give females of all nationalities an equal chance to vie in fields dominated by men,” she elaborated.

Meryl Streep in a scene from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. (AP)

Apart from Aishwarya, director Zoya Akhtar and Dhadak star Janhvi Kapoor, among others, will also be honoured at the event.

WIFT India is part of WIFT International, a network which promotes professional development and achievement for women in the film industry, video, and other screen-based media.

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