This year's theme focussed on putting a check on female foeticide. A national awareness campaign named 'Beti' (Girl) was launched on the occasion to highlight gender bias in the country. Actress Preity Zinta, who won the Gr8 Special Laurel Award said: "It feels fantastic to get an award which is not film oriented. My message to all women is live life queen size." Actress, Aruna Irani said, it was a wonderful feeling to see women being respected, as such was not the case in the past.
"I feel good and very proud," Irani said.