Saif, Lara Dutta get Rajiv Gandhi award

Mumbai, Aug 18 Bollywood actors Ali Khan">Saif Ali Khan and Lara Dutta have been given the 11th Rajiv Gandhi annual award for their contribution to Indian cinema, at a function attended by political stalwarts and Bollywood personalities.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008   |  Copyright: IANS  |  Comments 10 Comments  |  3822 Views

Saif Ali Khaan Mumbai, Aug 18 (IANS) Bollywood actors Ali Khan">Saif Ali Khan and Lara Dutta have been given the 11th Rajiv Gandhi annual award for their contribution to Indian cinema, at a function attended by political stalwarts and Bollywood personalities.

'This is for the first time I have received an award which is not completely related to films,' said Saif after receiving the award Sunday from Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Lara Dutta thanked the jury members for selecting her for the prestigious award and said it was a great honour for her to receive the award.

She said, 'I have grown watching Rajiv Ji and have always admired him for his ideologies and vision. It's a great achievement to receive an award by his name.'

Deshmukh also honoured Padma Bhushan Baba Kalyani, Chairman of Kalyani Group for his outstanding contribution to the field of business.

Deshmukh also handed the award to journalist Vir Sanghvi for his contribution to the field of journalism.

'This award is special to me because of two reasons. First the award is in memory of a person <a href=Lara Dutta" src="/bollywood/images/uploads/rajivghandhiaward_2.jpg" align="left" border="" hspace="5" vspace="5">whom I admired because of his visionary power and secondly it has been awarded by Deshmukh Ji,' said Sanghvi while receiving the award.

Darsheel Safary of 'Taare Zameen Ke' fame was awarded as a child prodigy, by Congress MP Rajiv Shukla.

Football star Bhaichung Bhutia received the award for the most inspiring sports personality. Model cum actress Yukta Mookhey and Congress MP Rajiv Shukla gave him the award.

Other personalities who received the award included Anna Hazare for social service, Mehul Choksi for innovative marketing, Sunny Varkey for education, Sameer Gehlaut as the young enterpreuner and Vandana Luthra as the Women Achiever.

Indian wrestler Dalip Singh Rana, popularly known as 'The Great Khali' was not present to receive his award for Super Achiever Wrestler.

Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Rakhee Sawant performed on the occasion. Laughter Challenge star Navin Prabhakar also entertained the audience.


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  • Posted on: 20 August 2008 at 11:50pmbips

    why lara ??? .. how has she contributed to indian cinema..

    and though darsheel is good, how about recognising children in other categories like sports or academics..

    is there any award now days that is controversy free and given to ppl truely deserving ??

  • Posted on: 20 August 2008 at 10:15pmMiss.Colorfull

    congratz to all

  • Posted on: 19 August 2008 at 5:41pmkothra

    This is really cool..congrats to all

  • Posted on: 19 August 2008 at 1:31pmradhika_21

    congrats 2 all the winners and thanx!

  • Posted on: 19 August 2008 at 1:05pm~*puja*~

    congrats to all the winners!

  • Posted on: 19 August 2008 at 11:52amAnnu..

    saif.....i can understand,
    but lara....... ??????????

  • Posted on: 19 August 2008 at 11:10amLeadOxide

    Congratulations to them

  • Posted on: 19 August 2008 at 8:08am_sukhman_

    if u remembet shes miss universe 2000

  • Posted on: 19 August 2008 at 7:37amtogepe30

    I dont think Lara has contributed anything worth getting an award !!

  • Posted on: 18 August 2008 at 8:16pmmonikaseth

    Thank you for sharing Congrats

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