Aishwarya Rai, Sania Mirza honoured at NRI of the Year Awards

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and tennis star Sania Mirza were among those honoured at the third edition of the NRI of the Year Awards held in Mumbai on Monday, April 11. While Aishwarya won the Global Indian, Sania was named the Global Icon of the Year at the event hosted by actors Kabir Bedi and Mandira Bedi.

The ‘Jazbaa’ actress dedicated her award to her daughter Aaradhya.

In a statement, the former Miss World said, "I was very passionate about making it more than a perceived beauty pageant. For me, all along I believed that it was the opportunity to represent an Indian woman on the international platform. I believe that from then until today, in 2016, it continues."

The 42-year-old actress further added, “I am glad to have been chosen to be a feature film artist and a career woman. I have had so many opportunities, personally, professionally and socially."

The awards function was attended by renowned personalities from Bollywood and other fields. Union minister Piyush Goyal also attended the event.  

Altogether, 17 individuals were given the awards under different categories - entrepreneur, professional, academics, arts and culture, philanthropy, special jury award, global icon of the year and India's global icon award.

The NRI of the Year Award seeks to recognise outstanding achievements of the Indian diaspora globally.