Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was conferred with top French civilian award – Knight of the Legion of Honor on July 2. 

Visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius presented the prestigious award to the 48-year-old actor at a function for his outstanding contribution to cultural diversity across the world.

“I feel very humbled and grateful for this prestigious honor. Today is my mother’s birthday and if she had been alive she would have been happy that I got this prestigious honour. I accept this award not as an individual but on behalf of hundreds of filmmakers,” Shah Rukh said. 

“It makes me feel proud to be recognised for the field I am passionate about. This award has motivated me to take Indian cinema to the next level of acceptance, love and glory. I thank the President of France for this honour,” added SRK. 

Shah Rukh is second Bollywood Actor after megastar Amitabh Bachchan to be honored with this award. The Actor who is also a  producer, television personality, philanthropist and entrepreneur, has appeared in over 50 Hindi films in all kinds of genres ranging from romance to action and comedy. Shah Rukh previously also awarded with Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France in 2007 for his contribution to cinema. 

SRK initially did theater and appeared in TV series called Fauji in the late 80s before making his Bollywood debut in 1992 with Deewana.  

In 2007, he made his debut as a TV presenter with popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati. Shah Rukh is currently the owner of a production company called Red Chillies Entertainment and  is co-owner of IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders.