Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra, who can now be seen in a number of mainstream Hollywood productions including ABC’s TV thriller “Quantico,” won this year's Mother Teresa Memorial Award for her support and contribution to various social causes.
The global superstar’s mother, Madhu Chopra, accepted the award on her behalf from the Harmony Foundation.
Madhu Chopra said: “As a mother, I am immensely proud to have a child who is so compassionate and has so much kindness in her. She exemplifies the fact that the more you give the more you get. Even as a child, she was influenced by Mother Teresa and has been supporting Prem Niwas in Bareilly.
“It is justifiable for her to receive this honourable award and I am immensely proud of her. I’m thankful and I’m sure she is humbled that her efforts have been recognised by the foundation that believes in helping the needy and supporting the deprived and raising funds for those who are impoverished.”
The “desi girl” from Bollywood has always been outspoken about issues related to women, irrespective of the risk of criticism. Priyanka has not only spoken against gender bias and discrimination in Bollywood, but has also addressed pay disparity and white washing in Hollywood.
Priyanka Chopra has worked with Unicef and was appointed the national and global Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights in both 2010 and 2016.