FICCI-USIBC Award to Bollywood Actors

February 18, 2009
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FICCI-USIBC Award to Bollywood Actors

By Kkomal Seth & Gautam Seth

Big B Amitabh Bachchan, super star Shah Rukh Khan and eight other leading Bollywood actors were today felicitated and bestowed with the first FICCI-IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) Awards for 'Most Powerful Entertainers of the decade' at a glittering function here today. The FICCI-IIFA Awards, were given away to Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Hritik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty, at a ceremony which marks the 10th Anniversary of FICCI Frames, the global convention on the business of entertainment as also that of IIFA. The evening also witnessed the presentation of the FICCI-USIBC (US-India Business Council) Award to Hollywood Actor and lading social activist, Danny Glover and to Congressman John Lewis. Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 25 years. As an actor, his film credits range from the blockbuster 'Lethal Weapon' franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced. Most recently, he completed filming the critically acclaimed feature 'Dreamgirls' directed by Bill Condon and 'Poor Boy's Game' for director Clement Virgo and highly-anticipated 'Shooter' for director Antoine Fuqua and 'Be Kind, Rewind' for director Michel Gondry. At the same time, Glover has also gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice, and access to health care and education programs in the United States and Africa. For these efforts, Glover received a 2006 DGA Honor. Internationally, Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998-2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease, and economic development in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and currently serves as UNICEF Ambassador. John Lewis, often called "one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced," has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls "The Beloved Community" in America. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress.

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