Mumbai: Katrina Kaif was presented with the Smita Patil Memorial Award for Best Actor by the socio-cultural and educational organisation Priyadarshini Academy in Mumbai on Monday. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari honoured the actress with the award.
After accepting the award, Katrina said, “The world of cinema, not just Indian cinema, is often called a man’s world, it is changing, but the change is slow. So I believe it is a matter of great pride that we have an award that acknowledges and recognizes the contribution of women in cinema. This award honours the memory of one of the greatest and most accomplished actors, whose roles served as an inspiration in the lives of millions of women."
"As an actor, the love of the people is the biggest reward of all, but when there is recognition from the industry in the form of an award, for me, it is very overwhelming. I can promise that my attempt is to be truthful and sincere to the craft which has largely given me my purpose in life over the last few years. The audience, who has given me so much love and support over these last few years, I hope I can continue to make them proud of me, and to deserve their love and support as they have always given me.”
The news of Katrina being given this award had spread around, more so because of the trolls that made fun of the actress who is not quite known for her acting skills. But there is no denying the fact that Katrina has been around in the industry for almost 13 years, acting with the biggest superstars in some of the biggest hits.
Katrina, however, sneaked out of the press conference after receiving her award without answering questions.
Juhi Chawla was also honoured with an award at the event, which was presented by Union Minister Suresh Goyal....