Did you know? SRK conferred France’s highest honour

Shahrukh Khan was awarded France's highest award - Knight of the Legion of Honour.

Ians July 02, 2014

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Tuesday conferred his country’s highest award - Knight of the Legion of Honour - on Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cultural diversity across the world.

“There are different moments in life that make you feel that you are on the right track, and this is one such moment. I am truly humbled to receive this honour,” said Shahrukh, thanking French President Francois Hollande and Foreign Minister Fabius for finding him “fitting for this honour”.

The Bollywood superstar mentioned that it was an extra special day, since it was also his mother’s birthday. “If she was alive, she would have been extremely happy that her son has gotten the highest and the most prestigious honour in the world... so thank you, on behalf of my mother,” Shahrukh said.

He expressed his pride for being recognized for the field he felt most passionately about. “This honour has further motivated me to take Indian cinema to the next level of acceptance, love and glory. And thank you, France for being so loving and appreciative of Indian films, it’s extremely encouraging,” he said.

Created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Legion of Honour is the highest award given by the France for outstanding service to the country, regardless of the nationality of the recipients. It was conferred on SRK at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai. 

Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2014.

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Pity | 8 years ago | Reply

I don't think it concerns us here in Pakistan if SRK gets an award? I wonder what does ET want to prove by publishing such stories...

someone | 8 years ago | Reply

@junaid: WOW!! you desperately need some Burnol to sooth your backside. For past 67 years, you people have been waiting for a level playing field in every case and you still don't have it. Does it not make you think that there may never be a level playing field for you when competing with India? Rather, why do you even think you are in same league as India? Why don't you compare yourself to, lets say Bangladesh, Nepal or Sri Lanka, which pretty much is your league? The only common thing you have with India is a nuclear weapon and the ONLY uncommon thing you have with these other countries is also a nuclear weapon. Now why SRK getting award from France, is just pure business sense. Indian producers shoot movies all across the world for beautiful landscapes and France may offer such locations. It helps France two ways. The entire film unit visits France, which boosts local tourism plus for the dance and song sequences, foreign national gets jobs as well. And then when these movies are watched by cash rich people in India, they would plan their vacations for such places, again good tourism business for France.

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