GR8! Women Awards, 2010
GR8! Women Awards, 2010
Location: The ITC Grand Maratha Sahar, Andheri (W), Mumbai
- Vierendra Bhargav
Come to think of it…
To God goes the credit for creating Eve, but – and we say it even at the risk of sounding blasphemous – to GR8! Goes an equal credit in creating some of the biggest celebratory eves year after year for God’s Eve!
This Event has multiple layers to it! But that’s not all!
Threaded into the Awards is ‘beti’, which is a movement against the scourge of Female Foeticide rampant all across the country, today. This heinous practice is playing havoc with the Gender-balance as created by Mother Nature and ‘beti’ is a clarion call for awareness about this cursed mindset!
And this entire endeavour of Awards and ‘beti’ has won the implicit trust of one and all over the years and the Event is always awash with the illuminati from all walks of life!
But the crowning glory of the evening was when two women (one a girl, actually), who have become the symbol of Women-courage today, were honoured!
In a stunned hush, everybody heard Kashmir’s Rukhsana Kausar recount her skirmish with hardcore terrorists and how she took them head-on single-handedly. She ended up killing one and injuring the other. Coming out of a girl, who has still not moved off her teens, it left all of those present speechless. Many an eye went moist with pride!
This year, GR8! floated a special contest for The Best Short-film on ‘Beti-Foeticide’ in association with Aaj Tak that carried an award of Rs. 1,00,000/-. It elicited tremendous response and more than 250 films were entered by young film-makers of all hues and from all the nooks and corners of the country.
The winner was Vardhman Saxena from far-off Shajapur in Madhya Pradesh. The audience clapped lustily after his 45-seconder Short was screened at the Event!
A visibly moved Anu Ranjan was heard saying – "I feel so humbled by this electric response to the Awards and to ‘beti’! We will go the whole mile for ‘beti’ and do whatever we can for changing the feudal mindsets that lead one to kill one’s on flesh & blood just because she is a daughter!"
Indeed, ‘beti’ stirred deep emotions in people that night! With anger welling up in his eyes, Arshad Warsi hissed – ‘The perpetrators of Female Foeticide should be castrated!’ And an incensed Sushmita Sen was even more precise – ‘Kill ’em!’
GR8! Golden Laurel, 2010 - Asha Parekh
GR8! Scroll of Honour, 2010 for ‘Global Recognition’ - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
GR8! Special Mention for adopting a Girl-Child - Sushmita Sen
GR8! 'Entrepreneur - Shahnaz Husain
Choreography - Saroj Khan
GR8! Entrepreneur - Latika Khaneja
Directing - Zoya Akhtar
Television - Meghna Malik
Sports - Krushnaa Patil
GR8! Special Mention - Rukhsana Kausar
Medicine - Dr. Rishma Dhillon Pai
Social Service - Chetna Gala Sinha
Beauty - Pooja Chopra
GR8! Special Mention - Suman Sharma
Banking & Finance - Manisha Girotra
GR8! Special Mention - Loveleen Tandan
Fashion & Designing - Shabina Khan
GR8! Young Achiever - Sparsh Khanchandani
Science & Technology - Dr. Jatinder Kaur Arora
Music - Kavita Seth
Education - Ameeta Mulla Wattal
GR8! Special Mention - Aradhna Prakash Gupta