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Mallika Sherawat makes Hollywood history!

August 18, 2009 1:54:41 PM IST
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For the first time in the history of Hollywood, a career recognition, honorary citizenship and official Resolution was bestowed upon a Bollywood star by the City of Los Angeles. Mallika Sherawat received the prestigious honor in front of members of the entertainment industry, friends, family and fans during a ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall on the eve of Indian Independence Day.

In the City Hall Council Chambers, Councilmember Jose Huizar presented Mallika the honor to hearty applause from those assembled, citing her career achievements and charitable efforts. Mallika accepted the Resolution, which was signed by the Mayor and all City Councilmembers, before giving an inspiring speech to numerous rounds of applause throughout the hall. Excerpts from text of Mallika's speech are reprinted below.

In a packed media room after the ceremony, Mallika answered questions from reporters, signed autographs for fans and took pictures with her guests and with city politicians. After the City Hall event, Mallika was hosted for brunch in an historic downtown Los Angeles area.

Excerpts from Mallika's speech:

''Thank you. I am deeply, and humbly, grateful for this grand honor.

And a very special thank you to Councilmember Huizar, Mayor Villaragosa, Mayor Riordan, and all the City Council... And to my friends, family and fans who are here today, sharing this Recognition with me -- on such an auspicious day, the eve before we celebrate Indian Independence Day.

As the first Indian Bollywood actor to receive this Recognition, I proudly accept it in honor of my home country, mother India, and my beloved Bollywood, the world's largest film industry.

May our two countries continue their special friendship, and our two film industries Bollywood and Hollywood continue this new wave of collaboration, and make great art and entertainment, throughout the world, and for all peoples.

And as a new 'NRI' (that's non-Resident Indian!), I dedicate this to all the millions of NRIs who came before me. I hope to follow in their footsteps, and continue the great tradition exemplified by Indians around the world.

I am deeply touched, and eternally thankful for this acknowledgment.

Jai Ho, Los Angeles!''


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