Shah Rukh Khan honoured with top French civilian award
The Bollywood actor was bestowed with France's "Knight of the Legion of Honour" for his contribution to cinema
Shah Rukh Khan, one of Bollywood's most famous actors has just been commended by France's highest civilian award, the Knight of the Legion of Honor.
French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, who had been visiting India, presented the actor and filmmaker with the medal at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, for the latter's extensive contribution to international culture and entertainment.
"I feel very humbled and grateful for this prestigious honour. Today is my mother's birthday and if she had been alive she would have been happy that I got this prestigious honour. I accept this award not as an individual but on behalf of hundreds of filmmakers," the 48-year-old said.
He also expressed his appreciation on Twitter.
Thank u France & His Excellency President Hollande & Mr. Laurent (fabulous) Fabius for the honour. Thx my India. pic.twitter.com/LDvjjjEVIh— SHAH RUKH KHAN (@iamsrk) July 1, 2014
"It makes me feel proud to be recognised for the field I am passionate about. This award has motivated me to take Indian cinema to the next level of acceptance, love and glory," said the actor, who shot to international fame after starring in iconic Bollywood film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai opposite Kajol.
Shah Rukh had also received the Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters from France in 2007. He is the second Bollywood personality to receive this prestigious award after actor (and Shah Rukh's Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham co-star) Amitabh Bachchan.