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Shah Rukh Khan honoured at the Asian Awards for outstanding contribution to Indian cinema

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Badshah of Bollywood,  Shah Rukh Khan has been honoured with the prestigious award of outstanding contribution to Indian cinema at the fifth annual ‘The Asian Awards’ held at London’s Grosvenir House Hotel.

The presence of global celebrities, including One Direction’s former band member Zayn Malik, Casey Batchelor, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Anna Williamson, increased the fashion and style quotient of the Asian Awards, hosted by fashion icon, Gok Wan.

Dressed in formal black tuxedo coupled with a crisp white shirt and black bow tie, SRK said in a statement, “I say this very often that my stardom belongs to most South East Asians who reside abroad and have made the Indian cinema and me known around the world. I congratulate all the winners at the Asian Awards as well. There is so much talent and so many achievers around Asia, whether it be Dr. Amar Bose, the Hinduja Brothers or Zayn Malik. I am glad to have been a part of such a wonderful celebration of hard work by people in different fields with similar passion.”

The Asian Award was founded by Paul Sagoo who envisioned to celebrate the achievements of individuals born in or with direct origin from Pan-Asia.

On the other hand, Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Sports. Comedian,  actor and broadcaster,  Sanjeev Bhaskar,  fetched the award for Outstanding Achievement in Television.  Zayn Malik was also awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

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Shah Rukh Khan Shares His Success Mantra

Shah Rukh Khan shares his success mantra on the second season of "TED Talks India Nayi Baat"

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Shah Rukh Khan is hosting the second season of "TED Talks India Nayi Baat". Wikimedia Commons

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is currently hosting the second season of “TED Talks India Nayi Baat”, has shared his success mantra on the show.

“Mehnat, mashakkat se apna kaam karna, uske peeche lage rehna, safalta milegi. It is an old-fashioned idea that my parents kept saying, which is important today. We need to tell the kids the same thing, as it is relevant even today,” SRK said.

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Shah Rukh Khan vouches for hard work above all for success. Wikimedia Commons

In the upcoming episode, the “Kal Ho Na Ho” actor will be seen talking about the different generations — especially the millennials.

“The driving seat and the steering wheel are in the hands of individuals who are less than 25 years old. Gen X, Y Z – I have learned this from my kids ki aaj humara hai,” he added.

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On the film front, SRK has been missing from the big screen for the last 11 months. He was last seen in “Zero”. His fans are eagerly waiting for him to announce his next project. (IANS)

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Let Us Celebrate The Diversity In India: Mahesh Bhatt

Mahesh Bhatt and Shahrukh Khan stress on the diversity in India

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Film maker Mahesh Bhatt emphasizes on celebrating diversity. Wikimedia Commons

Film maker Mahesh Bhatt and Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan on Friday stressed on celebrating India’s diversity, with the auteur also lashing out against those imposing their language on the people.

“These are dangerous times. In the age of highest connectivity we are the most divided. That’s why we need story tellers to tell stories which can bring us all together. The glue that held mankind together has withered,” Bhatt said at the inauguration of the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival here.

He said it was high time filmmakers realise their responsibility to ‘whip up’ hopes of a better tomorrow, in a scenario where the “structures all around us globally are collapsing”.

“I think the story tellers must do what mamas did at home. When the house fought and children fell apart mama would bring us all together by telling us the fascinating story that kindled hope. That’s what we are celebrating here today,” he said.

Bhatt said the leaders of mankind have no solution for the problems that stare at people. “It is we film makers, we story tellers, we artists who are generous people, Who will whip out from our hearts the idea of a better tomorrow, and then point in the direction and compel people to walk in that direction”.

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King Khan expects stories that bring us together and celebrate our diversity to be made. Wikimedia Commons

Referring to ascetics Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Swami Vivekananda and Sister Nivedita, he said the great seers and sages of the country had said underlined the need to ‘speak to man in his language’.

“Don’t impose your language on people. This is a great country. And its greatness lies in its diversity. Let us celebrate this diversity,” he said, adding “As long as film makers are there, as long as artists are there, we will dare to hope and defy those who tell us to speak only one language”.

Shah Rukh in his speech hoped that wonderful films with great stories would continue to be made.

“We keep on making these wonderful films, have great stories to tell, and like Bhatt sab said, stories that will bind us together, bring us together, and celebrate our diversity, instead of questioning one another’s individuality,” he added.

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Later, in her speech, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee praised Bhatt for being “very outspoken”. “When so many people are in fear, Mahesh ji expresses his mind candidly,” she said. (IANS)

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Nobody Takes Serious Speeches of Movie Stars Seriously, Says Bollywood Star Shah Rukh Khan

"My presence here becomes useless if I don't say some dialogue," he said, and proceeded to utter an improvised version of one of his popular dialogues in the film "Raees"

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Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan on Friday said nobody takes serious speeches of movie stars seriously, and at the end of it all he was just considered a good-looking face.

Shah Rukh made the comment at the inauguration of the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) when the audience clamoured to hear some peppy dialogue from his movies after he finished his speech.

The actor in his address had spoken of the need to celebrate the country’s diversity, the great heritage of films in Bengal, his experiences of attending the festival’s inaugurations over the past ten years and the rapport he enjoys with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.

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Shah Rukh Khan at the Filmfare awards. Wikimedia Commons

“I know, I know, I know nobody takes serious speeches of movie stars seriously. At the end of all, i am just a good looking face. Ya, that’s it,” said a smiling SRK.

“My presence here becomes useless if I don’t say some dialogue,” he said, and proceeded to utter an improvised version of one of his popular dialogues in the film “Raees”.

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“Ammijan kehti thi, ki koi film festival chota ya bada nehi hota. Lekin KIFF se sundar koi bhi dusra festival nahin hota (My mother used to say, no film festival is small or big. But no other festival can be more beautiful than KIFF),” he said, as the audience lapped up every word he spoke. (IANS)