DUBAI: Bollywood’s power and reach is unparallelled. So much so, that even foreign countries idolise and look up to our Bollywood stars in admiration. This was evident at the ‘Petrochem GR8! Women Awards’ held at the ritzy Madinat Jumeirah hotel in Dubai.
Our Bollywood divas were there in full force to support the initiative, and were honoured at the 3rd annual ‘Petrochem GR8! Women Awards’. The awards ceremony also had a ‘100 Years of Indian Cinema’ section, which celebrated Bollywood’s finest icons like Rani Mukherjee, Karisma Kapoor, Urmila Matondkar, Juhi Chawla and Padmini Kolhapure, among women from other walks of life like arts, science, commerce, social awareness and sports.
The Bollywood divas made their presence felt, by putting their most stylish foot forward. Juhi Chawla charmed in a pink bandhani salwar-kurta, while Rani Mukherjee floored us with her red net sari. Karisma Kapoor looked stunning in a vintage black lace dress, while Mugdha Godse, Varuna D Jani, and Malaika Arora Khan were also present. The hosts for the evening were charming TV actor Rohit Roy and Middle-Eastern anchor Rahaf Altawil.
Gauhar Khan put up a scintillating performance, while Urmila Matondkar paid a fitting tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema by performing to classic songs and their inimitable on-screen stars like ‘Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si’ (Madhubala), ‘Honton pe aisi baat’ (Vyjayanthimala), ‘Pardesi’ (Rekha), ‘Choli ke peeche’ (Madhuri Dixit) & even her own ‘Chamma Chamma’. Other performers included singer Ash King and TV heartthrobs Aamir Ali and Sanjeeda Shaikh.