for his philanthropic work and outstanding achievements in the field of cinema
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan has been awarded the Global Diversity Award 2014 for outstanding achievements in the field of cinema alongside his philanthropic work.
The ceremony was held in the State Room of Britain’s House of Commons where Rt Hon John Bercow MP presented the award. Fellow Commons and Lords were present at the occasion.
The Rainbow Foundation hands this prestigious award to individuals who have made a significant contribution to world-wide diversity.
The 48-year-old actor said, “This is a special day for me and I am very humbled to receive the award instituted by Rainbow Foundation.” His first visit to England was at age of 27 for the film Baazigar. Khan stated receiving this award has inspired him to do more work for the community, especially in neglected areas.
Bercow stated, “He has already featured in several films and won 14 Filmfare awards out of 30 he was nominated including eight best actor awards. He is also active in the fields of charity, particularly helping women who have suffered acid attacks.”
The award has previously been awarded to well-known figures such as film star Jackie Chan, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hassina and Formula 1 Racer Lewis Hamilton.
Of the win, Shah Rukh Khan tweeted: “Now at the Houses of Parliament to receive the Global Diversity Award….humbled & grateful. Thank you. Tnx Mr Speaker Rt Hon John Bercow & my friend Mr Keith Vaz for a wonderful ceremony for the Global Diversity Award.”
Khan has won numerous awards over the years including the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (France’s highest civilian award), Wissame Al Kafaa Al Fikria (Morocco’s highest honour), Malaysian title of ‘Datuk’ (equivalent to the British knighthood).