The King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide. He has been described as one of the most successful film stars in the world.
SRK will be honoured at the 24th Annual Crystal Awards — as part of the World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting here later this month — for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India.
He is a founder of the non-profit Meer Foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support. He has also been responsible for the creation of specialized children’s hospital wards and has supported child-care centres with free boarding for children undergoing cancer treatment.
Shah Rukh tweeted:
Thank u for this honour. I consider my work with these heroic & beautiful women a great privilege as it imparts dignity & purpose to my life. I hope to spread awareness of the unparalleled heroism of these ladies & reach out to others in order to carry this work to its conclusion https://t.co/i6cEU6go6V
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) January 11, 2018
Along with SRK, Hollywood star Cate Blanchett and iconic musician Sir Elton John will be honoured with the award.
The awards ceremony will take place on January 22, launching the Annual Meeting.
It will serve as a marker of the intention of the Meeting and as a reminder to us all of our responsibility to act with respect, generosity and compassion.