Former Miss World and Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is set to receive the Meryl Streep Award for Excellence at the first Women in Film and Television (WIFT) India Awards.

The award ceremony, which will be held in Washington DC on 8 September, has been established to honour the best female talent in Bollywood and Hollywood.

In a statement to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’, WIFT said the actor would be rewarded for showcasing a “distinction in her craft and for expanding the role of women within the entertainment industry”.