Actress-producer Alia Bhatt has made history by becoming the first Indian woman to receive the 'Honorary Award' at the Joy Awards 2024 held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In her acceptance speech, the 'Udta Punjab' actress humorously remarked that her connection with movies began right at her birth, as if she emerged into the world on the cue of "Lights, camera, action."
For the prestigious occasion, Alia adorned an Ajrakh print saree from renowned designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, showcasing India's rich culture and heritage. Expressing her gratitude, she acknowledged the significance of the event, praising the nation for its efforts in bringing talents from both the West and East together to celebrate cinema.
Alia emphasized her profound love for movies, stating that cinema is everything she knows. She humorously suggested that her birth might have been accompanied by the familiar film industry phrase, "Lights, camera, action." Reflecting on the theme of joy, she connected the joy of movies with the joy experienced at the awards ceremony in Riyadh, expressing her appreciation for the magic of cinema.
Notably, Alia Bhatt joins the esteemed company of Bollywood icons like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, and Salman Khan, who have previously been honored at the Joy Awards for their remarkable contributions to the entertainment industry.
The award ceremony, graced by internationally acclaimed personalities such as Sir Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Costner, Martin Lawrence, Eva Longoria, John Cena, Georgina Rodriguez, and Zack Snyder, celebrated the convergence of talents from around the world, making it an extraordinary night in the realm of entertainment.
(With Agency Inputs)