Indian megastar Shah Rukh Khan to be honored at upcoming Red Sea IFF

The Red Sea International Film Festival (Red Sea IFF) announced today that the legendary Indian actor and producer Shah Rukh Khan will receive an Honorary Award to recognize his exceptional contribution to the film industry, during the opening ceremony of the festival’s second edition in Jeddah, on the Eastern shore of the Red Sea.
Indian megastar Shah Rukh Khan to be honored at upcoming Red Sea IFF

The great King Khan, as Indian megastar Shah Rukh Khan is affectionately known to his fans, holds a few world records. Among them, his 1995 starrer Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) was the highest-grossing Indian film of that year and one of the most successful Indian films in history. The film's story connected with different segments of society by simultaneously promoting strong family values and the idea of following of one's own heart. Often imitated, but never replicated DDLJ was placed on the BFI's list of top Indian films of all time and is considered as the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema. Though clearly interrupted by Covid-19, the film returned in 2021 to the Mumbai cinema recently where it has been playing for the past 27 years.

The legendary actor and producer is the undisputed King of Bollywood and undoubtedly one of the most successful films stars in the world. With over three decades in the film industry and featuring more than 100 films, Khan has crafted an extraordinary career in India and around the world, having earned multiple awards and accolades for his efforts. What also sets him apart from other Bollywood stars is that King Khan is completely self made, born in Delhi not Bombay, and hailing from a humble background. Most of the stars in the Hindi film industry come from a pedigree of stardom, born of other actors or filmmakers already at the top of their own game.

Mohammed Al Turki, CEO of the RedSeaIFF, commented: “We are thrilled to be honoring Shah Rukh Khan, who is a remarkable talent and global superstar. He has captivated audiences since his earliest performances and is one of the world’s most renowned actors working today. After 30 years in the industry, Shah Rukh Khan remains one of the most successful superstars of Indian cinema and is beloved by audiences around the world. We look forward to welcoming him to Jeddah this December.”

Shah Rukh Khan added: “I am truly honored to receive this award from the Red Sea International Film Festival. It’s wonderful to be here among my fans from Saudi and the region who have always been huge supporters of my films. I’m looking forward to celebrating the region’s talent and being a part of this exciting film community.”

The actor is currently shooting his latest film titled Dunki in Jeddah, where he has been spotted around town. The film is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and stars Taapsee Pannu along with Boman Irani. The story highlights the rampant use by Indians of an illegal backdoor route called 'Donkey Flight', to immigrate to countries like Canada and USA. The film is produced by SRK's wife Gauri Khan and is slated for a 2023 release.

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