Shah Rukh Khan receives Excellence in Cinema Award at Melbourne’s Indian Film Festival

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Vijay Sethupathi won the best actor award for playing a trans woman in the Tamil film “Super Deluxe,” while Tabu won the best actress award for “AndhaDhun,” at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, Aug. 8.

The 10th edition of the festival, which began on Aug. 8, will go on till Aug. 17 and will screen over 60 films from all across India and the subcontinent in over 22 languages.

A galaxy of Bollywood stars attended the Aug. 8 opening ceremony including Shah Rukh Khan, Vijay Sethupathi, Gayathrie Shankar, Tabu, Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor, Sriram Raghavan, Rima Das and Zoya Akhtar.

Khan, who inaugurated the festival, was honored with the Excellence in Cinema Award. The best film award went to by Zoya Akhtar's “Gully Boy,” while National Award-winner Rima Das’ “Bulbul Can Sing” won the award for Best Indie Film and Sriram Raghavan received the best director award for “AndhaDhun.”

Khan also received an honorary degree from La Trobe University, Aug. 9, his efforts to support women and underprivileged children through Meer Foundation, along with his Bollywood achievements.

“I am extremely, extremely touched and grateful for your graciousness and kindness,” the Guardian quoted Khan as saying. Named after his father, Khan’s foundation is best known for its work helping acid attack survivors. “In a world that is increasingly plagued by the sharing of negative sentiments … and a narrowing of humanity, more often than not societies are tending to reward anger and hatred, rather than nurture, compassion and love,” he said.

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