Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was presented with the Global Diversity Award 2014 for his outstanding achievements in the field of cinema and his involvement in philanthropic endeavours.
Receiving the coveted award from Speaker of Britain's House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow at a special ceremony held in the House of Commons last night, the 48-year-old actor described it as a "big honour."
"This is a special day for me and I am very humbled to receive the award instituted by Rainbow Foundation," Shah Rukh said.
Noting that he came from a humble background, the actor said he has been working for the last 33 years. "My first visit to England was when I was 27 in connection with the first film Baazigar. I have got lot more than I deserved."
He said the award would inspire him to work a lot more for the community, particularly the neglected community. "I will try to do in a small away, whatever I can," he said. Rt Hon Keith Vaz, Founder of the Rainbow Foundation, said, "Shah Rukh Khan is regarded as one of the most famous actors on planet earth."
"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," Bercow said.
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.