Chicago, Oct 27 : Preity Zinta won the Silver Hugo Award for best actress at the 44th edition of Chicago International Film Festival for her performance in Deepa Mehta's film, Heaven on Earth.
Earlier in September, Zinta had received warm reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival for her performance in the film.
The jury praised her 'for her strong yet subtle performance as a woman struggling to keep her dreams despite brutal realities.' This is the first film in which Mehta has explored the struggle of an immigrant bride in Canada and the choice she has to make to empower herself away from the abusive relationship in her new home.
Zinta's character is married to an Indian resident in Canada, who has to use her imagination, wit and soul strength to keep her sanity and self-esteem intact.