Shah Rukh Khan receives Britain's Global Diversity Award

MUMBAI: Adding to his list of honours, the king of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan was recently presented with the ‘Global Diversity Award’ at the State Room of Britain’s House of Commons in London. The award is given to an outstanding individual who has made a major contribution to Worldwide Diversity.


The Award was presented by the 136th leader of the office of speaker Rt Hon John Bercow MP while Chair of the Home Affairs committee Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP conducted the ceremony. Other members of the Parliament from both houses, Commons and Lords were also present at the occasion.


He was presented with the Award for his outstanding achievements in the field of cinema and his involvement in philanthropic endeavours.


Khan tweeted on the occasion expressing his gratitude, “Now at the Houses of Parliament to receive the Global Diversity Award....humbled & grateful. Thank you.”


The Baadshah’s Happy New Year co-star Boman Irani also congratulated him for the achievement. "Proud of you... so very proud, for being bestowed the Global Diversity Award," Irani tweeted.


Previous recipients of the award are Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, actress Aishwarya Rai, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton, Jackie Chan, music legend Dionne Warwick among others.


Shah Rukh has previously been honoured with several international awards, including Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur (France's highest civilian award), Wissame Al Kafaa Al Fikria (Morocco’s highest honour), Malaysian title of 'Datuk' (akin to the British knighthood) and several others. He has also been entrusted with being the Brand Ambassador of INTERPOL's ‘Turn Back Crime’ Campaign recently.

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