National Award winning actress Vidya Balan, who is involved in various philanthropic activities, received 'Prabha Khaitan Puraskar' from West Bengal Governor M.K.Narayanan in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Addressing the Governor Vidya said: ''I feel proud to receive this award from you.''
Conferring the award to Vidya, Narayanan said: ''I am doubly privileged to present this award to Vidya Balan as I come from the same small town of Kerala where she was born.''
'Prabha Khaitan Puraskar' is awarded to women for their outstanding achievements and commitments in various fields.
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While receiving the award Vidya said: ''I feel extremely overwhelmed to receive this 'Prabha Khaitan Puraskar' specially after knowing a few names who has earlier received this award for excelling in their own field.''
''I think women are taking the centre stage in various walks of life all over the country and cinema is just a reflection of that.''
She said that she wants to work in Bengali films but has not received any offer yet.
Talking about her favourite director, Vidya said: ''Satyajit Ray is my favourite Bengali director. I am also fond of Rituparno's (Rituparno Ghosh) work.''
The panel of the judges for selecting the recipient of the award included Bengali author Nabaneeta Dev Sen.
Earlier in 1996, actor Shabana Azmi received this award.