Shahrukh Khan receives Crystal Award in Davos


Bollywood superstar was awarded Crystal Award during a ceremony on the eve of annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The matinee idol tweeted about the honour# Honoured to receive the @wef’s 24th Crystal Award, together with @eltonofficial and Cate Blanchett. My fan moment.

In his speech, he urged the economic elite to break down barriers of discrimination against women as they gathered for the Davos forum.

He received an award for his charitable work for victims of acid attacks. 

"From them I have learned how courage can catalyse victimhood into heroism," he told the audience of international business leaders and officials. 

Australian actress Cate Blanchett also received an award for her work with refugees and British singer Sir Elton John for his campaigning on HIV/AIDS. 

King Khan is a founder of a non-profit foundation, which provides support to the acid attacks with major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support.

Khan brings heavy star power to the agenda, as one of the biggest celebrities in India, where high-profile cases of sexual violence have caused shockwaves in recent years. 

"We, the powerful, need to get out of the way, to pick the barriers apart, the ones that give us names and races and colours and hierarchies," he said. 

"That is what I have learned from my beautifully scarred women," he added, referring to the acid victims.