Shah Rukh Khan To Be Awarded Honorary Doctorate As Chief Guest At This Film Festival

Nearing three decades in the industry, he remains the Khan for all seasons. King Khan who is yet to make an announcement regarding his next project, is now headed ‘Down Under’. Shah Rukh Khan has been invited as chief guest at the 10th edition of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM).

The superstar will be attending the festival on August 8, 2019. Helmed by the Victorian government, Australia, the festival in its 10 years of existence has hosted several names from the Hindi film fraternity, from Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerji being a part of IFFM. Each year the festival celebrates a theme, and this year ‘COURAGE’ is the theme of the Short Film Competition at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

The actor honoured and delighted to accept the invitation said,

An industry of our magnitude and diversity deserves to be celebrated with great passion and fervor, which is what the festival embodies.

I’m particularly pleased with the theme of the festival this year which is courage, an emotion that resonates with storytellers who really have the might to change the society and the world. I have had great memories of shooting for ‘Chak De! India’ in Melbourne and look forward to being back again, this time to celebrate Indian cinema.

Shah Rukh Khan will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from La Trobe University in Australia. This is being awarded in recognition of his efforts to support underprivileged children, women’s empowerment and unparalleled achievements in the entertainment industry.

The actor is also founder at MEER Foundation, which is a philanthropic initiative named after his father Meer Taj Mohammed. The non-profit aims at working at ground level towards empowering women, for instance, supporting acid attack survivors.

Shah Rukh Khan will receive the Honorary doctorate on Friday 9, in La Trobe University’s Melbourne campus in Australia. This will be his fourth honorary doctorate in two years.

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