DAVOS — Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is in Davos, Switzerland, to receive an honor at the 24th Annual Crystal Awards, hopes to feel the warmth of love and friendship in the alpine resort town. He is also looking forward to his “fan moment” with other star awardees Elton John and Cate Blanchett.
“Bhai sahib kaafi thand hai (It’s quite cold)!!! Hope to find some love and friendship to keep me warm here. Thank you, World Economic Forum, for the honor and for having me over. Davos diaries,” Khan tweeted Jan. 22.
His post was accompanied by a photograph featuring the actor against a pristine white snow-clad landscape. Khan posted another photo Jan. 22 recreating his signature open arms pose here in a middle of a snow-clad path.
Khan will be honored at the 24th Annual Crystal Awards – as part of the World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting here – for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India Jan. 22 night.
Actor-director Cate Blanchett and singer Elton John are the other awardees this year.
In another tweet, Khan wrote: “Honored to receive the WEF’s 24th Crystal Award, together with Elton John and Cate Blanchett. My fan moment!!”
Khan, one of Hindi cinema’s most known faces globally, is being feted as he is the founder of the non-profit Meer Foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support.
He has also been responsible for the creation of specialized children’s hospital wards and has supported child care centers with free boarding for children undergoing cancer treatment.
In an earlier statement, Khan said: “I consider my work with these heroic and beautiful women a great privilege as it imparts dignity and purpose to my life. I hope to spread awareness of the unparalleled heroism of these ladies and reach out to others in order to carry this work to its conclusion.”
This year, the World Economic Forum will have the first Indian Prime Minister participate since 1997. Narendra Modi will address the plenary session of the prestigious global business meet.