Hema Malini, born 15 October 1948 an Indian actress, director and producer, Bharatanatyam dancer-choreographer, as well as a politician who makes her acting debut in 'Sapno Ka Saudagar' in 1968 has been honoured with the International Personality of the Year Award at the 12th Asian Achievers Awards inn London.
Receiving the honour at the Grosvenor House Hotel last night, 63-year-old Hema said she was happy that the organisers of the awards 2012, Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar, have chosen Sarvam Trust, a dream project of Arabindo Society as its charity.
A total of 1,21,000 pounds was raised through auctions for the Sarvam Trust which is promoting education in rural areas in India.
"India is a vast country which is progressing in a big way though there is a significant percentage of the population below the poverty line. The Sarvam Trust would be providing health, sanitation, education, art and culture under various projects in villages," Hema said.
Hema Malini is among the most successful female film stars in the history of Indian cinema. Appearing in over 150 films in a career span of 40 years, she has starred in a large number of successful films, and her performances in both commercial and arthouse cinema, were often recognised.
(By - Manees Bajpai)