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Shah Rukh Khan awarded for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Cinema’

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MUMBAI: Shah Rukh Khan has been honoured at the fifth annual Asian Awards for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Cinema.’  

“I am extremely humbled and honoured to receive this award. I say this very often that my stardom belongs to most South East Asians who reside abroad who have made the Indian cinema and me known around the world. I congratulate all the winners at the Asian Awards as well. There is so much talent around Asia and so many achievers, whether it was Dr Amar Bose, the Hinduja Brothers or Zayn Malik. I am glad to have been a part of such a wonderful celebration of hard work by people in difference field but similar passion,” said Khan.

Hosted by fashion icon, Gok Wan, The Asian Awards dazzled with an array of global celebrities, dignitaries and influencers, including Zayn Malik, Lydia Bright, Casey Batchelor, Ollie Locke, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, John Rocha, Michelle Collins, Nick Moran, Preeya Kalidas, Anna Williamson, Kelly Hoppen, Danielle Lineker, Anita Rani, Tasmin Lucia Khan, Colin Jackson and Cerys Matthews amongst others.

Founded by Paul Sagoo, The Asian Awards celebrates the outstanding achievements of individuals born in or with direct origin from across Pan-Asia in all disciplines of life – from business and the arts, to sport and public service. Previous winners in the cinema category include, Irrfan Khan, Anupam Kher and Yash Chopra.

Picking up the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sport’ was Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara, and the prize for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Science & Technology’ went to Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee. ‘The Outstanding Achievement in Television’ award went to comedian, actor and broadcaster, Sanjeev Bhaskar, while the Hinduja brothers were awarded as ‘Business Leaders of the Year.’ Zayn Malik picked up the prize for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music.’

Previous winners at The Asian Awards include Sir Ben Kingsley, Jackie Chan, Sachin Tendulkar, Bruce Lee, Sir David Tang, Amitabh Bachchan, Freddie Mercury and Ahmed Kathrada who was jailed alongside Nelson Mandala on Robben Island in the fight against apartheid.

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