Meet Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan

Hailing from a middle-class family in New Delhi, India, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan will grace our city as chief guest of the 2019 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

Since his 1992 debut with the film Deewana, Shah Rukh Khan has starred in more than 80 Bollywood films and won 14 Filmfare Awards – more than any other actor.

Outside the film studio, Shah Rukh Khan has established himself as a philanthropist and one of India’s most influential people. He has adopted 12 villages, donated his prize winnings to cancer patients, and set up the Meer Foundation: a non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering female acid attack survivors in India.

Shah Rukh Khan’s role in championing children’s rights in India earned him the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award last year. He has received civilian awards from India and France, including the prestigious Padma Shri, the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Légion d’honneur. He is also the first Indian movie star to be awarded the title of Datuk, Malaysia’s equivalent to British Knighthood.