UK Parliament awards Amitabh Bachchan with 'Global Diversity Award'
Regarded as the most successful actor of the Hindi Film Industry, Amitabh Bachchan has been awarded with the “Global Diversity Award 2013” by the British Parliament. He was presented with the honour in UK by the John Bercow , Speaker of the House of Commons , at its State Room. The ceremony was also attended by British actor Hugh Grants and chaired by Keith Vaz, MP and Chairman, Home Affairs Select Committee.
- The citation to the award notes his four decade long and unparalleled career in Hindi cinema, in which he worked in about 180 films, and lauds him as “one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema."
- The award also recognizes his charity works specially his role in Diabetes awareness campaign . He is the “Global patron for the diabetes charity “Silver Star” and was presented with a “Mobile Diabetes Unit” in 2012 for Mumbai by the then UK PM Gordon Brown on behalf of Silver Star (named 'Amitabh' in his honour"). The unit helps in early detection of diabetes, which is key to manage this disease.
- another mobile unit is soon to be started in Delhi (named after his father Harivansh rai Bachchan - a poet and first Indian to get a Doctorate in English Language at the Cambridge) and Kerala.
OTHER AWARDS / RECOGNITIONS :
- Padma Shri 1984 and Padma Bhushan 2001
- Knight of the Legion of Honour (in 2007 by French government) - France's highest civilian honour conferred
- Honorary Citizenship of the French town of Deauville
- named the 'Greatest Star of stage or screen of the Millennium' In July 1999, by a BBC online poll.
- wax statue installed in London's Madame Tussauds Wax Museum (2000) ; New York, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Washington, DC.
- He was the lone Bollywood personality invited to carry 2012 Olympic torch during the last leg of its relay in London's Southwalk.