Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was honoured with the Global Diversity Award 2017 at Britain’s House of Commons yesterday. Salman received the award from Keith Vaz, a long-serving Indian-origin MP of British Parliament, according to PTI. The actor was awarded for his contribution to the Indian film industry as an actor, producer, television personality, singer and also as a philanthropist. The 51-year-old actor termed it to be a tremendous honour and said “My father would never have believed that I would make it here. I would like to thank the fans for the respect that they have shown me. Although I have received many film awards, this is the first I have received personally so I am incredibly humbled,” as per PTI.
Vaz, while presenting the award, said “Salman Khan is a role model and a hero to millions of people worldwide. Besides his Indian cinema success, Salman is a well-known philanthropist and his NGO Being Human has done life-changing work supporting the underprivileged in India. I am proud that young Asians worldwide have role models like Salman Khan,” according to PTI.
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) September 16, 2017
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, actor Aishwarya Rai, Chinese action icon Jackie Chan, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, American Civil Rights leader Jesse Jackson and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton were some of the previous recipients of the award, as per PTI.
Currently, Salman is in Britan for his Da-Bangg Tour and he is visiting the country after a decade. An event, which is scheduled to take place in Birmingham on Saturday and London’s O2 Arena will also feature artists like Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez, Prabhudheva, Sooraj Pancholi and Badshah, according to The Indian Express.