A diamond in the road, in the words of Shilpi Shetty, isn’t the only thing she has been working on.
Shilpi was recently honoured by the Indian Film Academy with the prestigious National Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Film.
“This is the first time I’m really getting recognised, and I feel like this is the most prestigious award I’ve ever received,” she said.
I felt very honoured.
I felt very, very, honoured and proud to have received it, she said, adding she was very lucky.
The actor, who was born in Gujarat, said her parents taught her how to dance at a very young age and helped her to grow up in a “very privileged” family.
She said she was lucky enough to grow into the person she is today.
She also thanked the Indian government for providing her with a platform to work on the issue.
“I really hope that people here will know that we have all this work that we’ve done,” she told ABC News.
“I am very hopeful that people will know this is a real issue, and we are fighting for it.”
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