Thursday October 24, 2019

Alia Bhatt Calls Her Father Youth Icon Of The Year

Meghna Gulzar, who directed "Raazi", won Filmmaker of the Year, and Ayushmann Khurrana received the Vogue Man of the Moment award

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Actress Alia Bhatt seen at an event. Wikimedia Commons

Actress Alia Bhatt, who received the Youth Icon of the Year honour at a gala here from her father for the first time, said he was best suited for the title.

Alia Bhatt and a slew of Bollywood’s Who’s Who were at the Vogue Women of the Year event here on Saturday night. Filmmaker Karan Johar was the host for the star-studded night, read a statement.

On receiving the award, the “Student Of The Year” actress said: “This is the first time my father is presenting an award to me. What’s most special tonight is the fact that my father is standing right next to me, way past his bed time. Let me tell you that he sleeps at 9 p.m. and wakes up at 5 a.m. and goes and does Pilates and cardio.

“I don’t think that I’m the Youth Icon of the Year. My father is the Youth Icon of the Year.”

Alia Bhatt will soon be directed by her father for the first time in “Sadak 2”, which also features her step sister Pooja Bhatt. And she is looking forward to the experience.

“Genuinely, I can’t wait to be directed by you and can’t wait to be on the set with you papa, because the kind of energy that you have, I have to calm you down sometimes. So, if there is any quality within me which is icon like, it’s all thanks to my father, my mother and my other father, Karan,” said the actress.

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Alia Bhatt, Wikimedia

A total of 20 influential names were awarded across various fields like law, entertainment, fashion, journalism, sports, women’s empowerment and philanthropy were felicitated for their efforts at the event.

The Mann Deshi Foundation founder Chetna Gala Sinha, who has empowered rural women through micro-finance, was felicitated with the Vogue Social Entrepreneur of the Year title while Vinita Gupta, CEO of pharmaceutical major Lupin, was felicitated as the Vogue and IBM Businesswoman of The Year. News anchor Faye D’Souza was adjudged the Opinion Maker of the Year, while activist-lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat was declared Vogue Crusader of the Year.

From the field of entertainment, actress Kareena Kapoor Khan bagged the Vogue and IWC Schaffhausen Style Icon of the Year award, Radhika Apte was the Vogue Trends Disruptor of the Year (Female) while Vicky Kaushal was awarded the Vogue X Trends Disruptor of the Year (Male).

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Meghna Gulzar, who directed “Raazi”, won Filmmaker of the Year, and Ayushmann Khurrana received the Vogue Man of the Moment award.

Athlete Hima Das and wrestler Vinesh Phogat were adjudged Vogue Sportswomen of the Year.

From the fashion industry, Ritu Kumar was honoured with the Vogue and Gemfields Lifetime Achievement Award while Anamika Khanna bagged the title of Vogue Designer of the Year award. The artistic director of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri, was awarded the title of Global Icon of the Year. (IANS)

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Actress Alia Bhatt to Raise Funds for Animals via Baking

Effectively, 70 per cents of the donations will go to ''World For All''; an NGO which Alia is closely associated with

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Alia Bhatt. Wikimedia Commons

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt will raise funds for an animal welfare organisation through actor Arjun Kapoor”s sister Anshula Kapoor”s online fundraising platform, Fankind.

As part of a campaign on Fankind, a fan will get will get a chance to bake a cake with the star under the guidance of Indian Pastry Chef Pooja Dhingra. Fans have to donate a minimum amount of Rs.300 or multiples thereof and at the end of the campaign period, one fan will be randomly selected to bake a cake with the “Udta Punjab” actress

“The welfare of animals is a cause I truly believe in and funds raised through this unique experience will support World For All, a charitable organization based in Mumbai that works towards creating a better and safer environment for the cats and dogs living on our streets,” Alia said in a statement.

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Actress Alia Bhatt seen at an event. Wikimedia Commons

Effectively, 70 per cents of the donations will go to ”World For All”; an NGO which Alia is closely associated with. This Mumbai-based animal welfare organization has revolutionised the model of stray animal adoptions.

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“As an animal lover and pet parent myself, animal welfare is a cause that is close to my heart and I am so glad that with Alia”s association, Fankind is able to help spread the message about the importance of animal welfare and can raise funds for World For All,” Anshula said. (IANS)