Anupam Kher, who has received rave reviews for his performance in the Oscar winning movie Silver Linings Playbook, received the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema award. He said, "I am truly humbled and honoured for being awarded The Asian Award for my work as an actor. As an actor all we do and want to do is make people laugh, cry, and persuade many other emotions by our craft. Our achievement at the end of the day is when the audience really does understand what we are doing. And the best part is when the spectrum is not India but Asia and the awards are not only for the category of cinema but other fields too. It is also an honour to be given this award the same year as Sir Ben Kingsley. Makes me feel very proud!"
Gandhi star Sir Ben Kingsley received the Fellowship award for his outstanding five decade career. Martial arts expert and actor Bruce Lee, who died in 1973, was honoured with the prestigious Founders Award for his impact and influence on western cinema, and also to mark the 40th anniversary of his death.
The Asian Awards celebrate artistes, entrepreuners and other achievers of Asian origin. Previous awardees have included Sachin Tendulkar, Muttiah Muralitharan, Asha Bhosle, Jay Sean, AR Rahman and Ratan Tata.