Congrats are in order! The Mardaani actress has headed to Delhi to accept her first ever National Award

Rani Mukherji, who got everyone talking with her stellar act in Mardaani has flown off to Delhi today (March 3) as she will be honoured with a National award for her endeavour to highlight the cause of the safety, security and protection of the girl children and women in Pradeep Sarkar’s film.

An eminent panel of jurists and experts selected Rani, for the National Award for the Best Representation of the Cause of Safety, Security and Protection of Women and Girl Child at a function organised by Institute for Gender Justice to celebrate the occasion of the International Women’s Day.

Announcing the honour for Rani, Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury, Chairperson, Institute For Gender Justice said, “The representation of women in the media, both print and electronic, has been if not to say much, targeted at com-modification of woman. This has had a dire consequence on the status of women which is reflected in the perpetual crime against women in the society. This award is an endeavour to recognise those agents who want to represent women and girl child in a better light and not com-modify them. This award is a result of our endeavour to encourage stake holders and functionaries.…. in the role of Shivani Shivaji Roy in the film Mardaani, you epitomise the spirit of the countless involved in this long fight against human trafficking. That for you to be associated with a movie addressing such an important and urgent cause attracts the attention of the viewing public and focuses their attention on this pertinent issue. The role so naturally played by you of an empowered and courageous police officer has given the correct message, and the promotional clip that aired on the TV channels to promote the movie also correctly urged people to watch the movie with their entire family, since human trafficking is an issue that every man, woman and child should be aware off and this awareness is our best tool in this fight.”