Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan received the Crystal award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland along with Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett and legendary musician Elton John. He received the award for showing an exemplary commitment to uphold human dignity through his non-profitable Meer Foundation.
"I am grateful to these brave women and children (of Meer Foundation) who I work with for all that they have done for me, to the World Economic Forum, and all of you present here today for recognising the heroism by conferring this award, and this reward upon me," he said while accepting the award.
The foundation aims at providing support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support.
During the course of his address, Shah Rukh said,
"To be in the company of two extraordinary being and talent, Cate Blanchett, and Sir Elton John. She's of course the lady who commands the wind and you Sir command the song of a billion hearts, including mine. So, I'm really really touched that I've been chosen between these two. Just a special request before you go, can I do a selfie?"
The 52-year-old actor has also been responsible for creating specialised children's hospital wards and has supported childcare centre's with free boarding for children undergoing cancer treatment.
"From them I have learned how courage can catalyse victimhood into heroism, how solidarity rather than charity enables the human will to overcome, how equality is not a concept but the truth that encompasses all living beings and how the service of others is not a choice anymore for any of us, it is the duty that all of us must fulfil in the name of humankind."