The Asian Awards, in partnership with Sotheby’s International Realty, took place Tuesday night in Grosvenor House Hotel, London and Bollyspice.com was at the prestigious awards ceremony to get all the details.
Hosted by Lord Sebastian Coe, the third annual awards ceremony saw the likes of Hollywood actor Sir Ben Kingsley, Peter Andre, Mitch Winehouse, Gurinder Chadha, James Caan, Beverley Knight, Princess Michael of Kent and Linda Lee Cadwell all grace the red carpet.
Paul Sagoo, founder of The Asian Awards, opened the ceremony followed by a speech by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne MP who was full of praise for the awards and the outstanding achievements of the winners.
Speaking about the night Paul Sagoo said, “This year The Asian Awards has truly lived up to its name, celebrating global Asian achievement in what was a triumphant night.”
He went on to add, “We are honoured with the support of our guests and winners, like Sir Ben Kingsley, George Osborne MP, Jiang Jinquing and Linda Lee who joined us for this magnificent gathering of some of the world’s most inspirational and powerful people.”
Sir Ben Kingsley was honoured on the night, which saw the legendry actor receive a standing ovation as he collected the coveted Fellowship Award for his outstanding five-decade career in cinema.
On collecting his award Sir Ben Kingsley told the audience, “This fellowship means you are accepted in lots of other societies it is something that I am deeply grateful for and will spend the rest of my life reflecting […] thank you so much.”
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema. The actor who was not in attendance at the awards ceremony gave a pre-recorded message to the audience.
“I am truly humbled and honoured for being awarded The Asian Award for my work as an actor. As an actor all we do and want to do is make people laugh, cry, and persuade many other emotions by our craft [...] it is also an honour to be given this award the same year as Sir Ben Kingsley. Makes me feel very proud!”
Global icon Bruce Lee, who passed away in 1973, was honoured with the Founders Award for his impact and influence on western cinema. Lee’s widow, Linda Lee Cadwell attended to collect the honourable award.
The night also saw a special performance by singer Beverley Knight who surprised the audience with a duet with bhangra singer Shin from DCS, a charity auction and the launch of the Top 100 Most Influential Asians list, which highlights the world’s most influential Asians today.
A full list of winners from the night can be viewed below:
Fellowship Award Sir Ben Kingsley
Founders Award Bruce Lee
Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Anupam Kher
Outstanding Achievement in Art Hanif Kureishi CBE
Outstanding Achievement in Music Nicole Scherzinger
Outstanding Achievement in Television Nina Wadia
Entrepreneur of the Year Adi Godrej
Business Leader of the Year Jiang Jianging
Outstanding Achievement in Science Ajay Bhatt
Outstanding Achievement in Sport Kamui Kobayashi
Philanthropist of the Year Narayana Murthy
Social Entrepreneur of the Year Masa Kogure
Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability Ravi Ruia
Check out the exclusive shots from the event (First set by Prince Singh Photography)