Salman Khan

Salman Khan receives the Global Diversity Award 2017 from British MP Keith Vaz. (Salman Khan/Twitter photo)

LONDON—Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been honored with the Global Diversity Award 2017 in the British Parliament House.

The actor was honored for his contribution to the Indian film industry as an actor, producer, television personality, singer, and philanthropist.

Presenting the award, Keith Vaz, the longest-serving Indian-origin MP in Parliament, said, "Salman Khan is a role model and a hero to millions of people worldwide.

"Besides his Indian cinema success, Salman is a well-known philanthropist and his NGO 'Being Human' has done life-changing work supporting the underprivileged in India. It is a tremendous honor to present him with the award. I am proud that young Asians worldwide have role models like Salman Khan."

Calling the award a tremendous honor, Salman Khan said, "My father would never have believed that I would make it here. I would like to thank the fans for the respect that they have shown me.

"Although I have received many film awards, this is the first I have received personally so I am incredibly humbled.”

Previous recipients of the award include Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, actor Aishwarya Rai, Chinese action icon Jackie Chan, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, American Civil Rights leader Jesse Jackson and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.

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