Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has managed to make the country proud once again with her exceptional blend of beauty with brains. The actor will be receiving the Meryl Streep Award which is given to honour an actor’s exceptional work in cinema. Bachchan will attend the WFT Awards Gala on September 8 in the evening in Washington, DC A source reports, “It’s an exclusive affair and very hush-hush. Everything is under wraps as they want to announce Aishwarya’s award at the WIFT India Award Night, hosted by the seventh annual South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) at 7:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Washington, DC. She will attend the WIFT Gala and receive the Meryl Streep Award on the same night. It’s a big award as for the first time an Indian actor will be awarded this honour for their excellence in cinema. In the past, actresses including Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and other Hollywood actresses have been given this award. The film festival (held this time at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD) engages some of the best talents from the world of art cinema and beyond. Aishwarya is planning to wear something very classy and stylish in western wear for the event.”

The DCSAFF film festival screens features, documentaries and cinema from South Asian countries. Zeenat Aman was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award last year. Bollywood films 5 Rupaiya, starring Shabana Azmi, and 5 Weddings, starring Rajkummar Rao, Bo Derek, Candy Clark, Anneliese Van der Pol and Nargis Fakhri will also be screened at the festival.