Hosted by DJ Lora and Mark Ramprakash, the Asian Achievers Awards welcomed high profile personalities, politicians and high achievers, with Malini representing the ceremony's designated charity, Sarvam, an NGO supporting the integral development of communities in rural India, including education for children.
Taking to the stage to describe her involvement with Sarvam, the Sholay star said: "It is a great pleasure to be invited here at the 12th Asian Achievers Awards and on the 40th anniversary of Gujarat Samachar and Asian Voice to support its success and excellent community service.
"How am I connected to Shri Aurobindo Society? I have a very beautiful connection with my Guruma Indiradeviji and Shri Dilip Kumar Roy, those who are disciples of Shri Aurobindo.
"I was told some years back when Pondicherry Ashram was made, they needed some funding. Dadaji, who was a very great singer, sang at various places and collected funds to establish the Ashram.
"If such great people can do so much work, why not you and me? This prompted me to be a part of Sarvam.
"I immediately spoke to Vijay Poddar and I wanted to adopt a village, somewhere in the north of India, and be a part of Sarvam. I wanted both my daughters, Esha and Ahana, to be a part of it.
"If we all can adopt one village, what a beautiful future we can bring for [India]. I am here to support Sarvam, to be a part of Sarvam."
The evening's charity auction conducted by Lord Archer raised £121,000 for Sarvam.
Into its 12th year, the awards ceremony recognises the outstanding work of individuals in business, industry and the arts.
Other guests included cricketer Kevin Pietersen; Chief Guest, Rt. Hon Gregory Barker MP; Baroness Flather; Lord Loomba; business leaders and philanthropists GP Hinduja and SP Hinduja; actor and producer Ray Panthaki, musicians Rishi Rich and Navin Kundra; and model/ actress Deana Uppal.