Shah Rukh Khan has been presented with the Global Diversity Award at the State Room of Britain’s House of Commons in London on 4th October 2014. The Award was presented by the British Parliament by the 136th Leader of the office of Speaker Rt Hon John Bercow MP. Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Home Affairs committee conducted the grand ceremony. Other members of the Parliament from both houses, Commons and Lords were also present on this occasion. Shah Rukh Khan received the award for his work in cinema ahead of his Slam+ The Tour concert at The O2 Arena.
Rainbow Foundation which co-ordinates with the Next Foundation each year, the award of the ‘Global Diversity Award’ to an outstanding individual who has made a major contribution to Worldwide Diversity, is an international role model and icon.
Previous recipients of the Award have included: Jackie Chan, the International film Star, Amitabh Bachchan, Sheikh Hassina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh; Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Lewis Hamilton, the Formula 1 Racing World Champion and Rev Jesse Jackson, the former US Presidential Candidate to name a few.
Shah Rukh 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.”
Over the years, Shah Rukh has 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. He has done a lot of charity work.
Director Farah Khan, actors Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah will talk to media about their upcoming film Happy New Year on Sunday morning in London. Madhuri Dixit and Malaika Arora Khan will join them at Slam+ The Tour concert in the evening.