Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan to be honored at Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah


DUBAI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, popularly known as King Khan, will receive an honorary award to recognize his contribution to the film industry at the opening ceremony of the Red Sea International Film Festival’s second edition in Jeddah.

“Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge,” the 1995 film that catapulted the actor to super stardom, will also be screened at the festival on Dec. 1.

Mohammed Al-Turki, CEO of the Red Sea International Film Festival, 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.”

Khan said in a statement that he is “honored” to be receiving the award. “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 reportedly shooting his latest film titled “Dunki” in Jeddah, where he has been spotted around town by fans. The film is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and stars Taapsee Pannu along with Boman Irani.