French foreign minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday conferred his country's highest award - Knight of the Legion of Honour to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cultural diversity across the world.
Sharukh accepted the
award on behalf of everyone who have been part of the Indian film
industry. He also said that it was her mother's birthday and if she
were alive, she would have been extremely happy.
"I am extremely humble
and grateful by the distinction that had been conferred upon me. This
is very humble and touching indeed. It would be wrong for me to
accept it as an individual so I will accept it in the behalf of
hundreds and thousands of Indian film makers who work tirelessly,"
He also talked about the
Lumiere brothers who visited Mumbai and showed us how to make cinema
in the world. He thanked Lumiere brothers and France for teaching us
how to make films.
As reported by IANS, he also thanked every
craftsmen in the Indian film industry for working tirelessly for 100
of years, and he also mentioned that, "It is because of them, I am
standing here, so I take this on behalf of everyone who is working
with the film industry from the last 100 years."
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.