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Shah Rukh Khan Receives Honorary Leopard Award

What’s the story

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, known for his exceptional career in Bollywood, will receive the Honorary Leopard Achievement Award at the Locarno Film Festival.

The festival announced on Tuesday that Khan will be honored at the Piazza Grande open-air festival in Switzerland on August 10.

The venue will also host a screening of Khan’s 2002 love triangle drama Devdasfollowed by an on-stage discussion on August 11.

‘King Khan’ and its impact on Western audiences

Fondly called “King Khan” by the Indian audience, his film Devdasdirected by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, marked the first time Western audiences were exposed to mainstream Bollywood.

The film was nominated for a BAFTA and won numerous Indian awards.

Locarno’s Artistic Director Giona A. Nazzaro was enthusiastic about the event, saying: “Welcoming a living legend like Shah Rukh Kahn to Locarno is a dream come true!”

Previous recipients of the Honorary Leopard Award and festival dates

Previous recipients of Locarno’s Honorary Leopard include Tsai Ming-liang, Francesco Rosi, Claudia Cardinale, Johnnie To, Harry Belafonte, Mario Adorf, Jane Birkin and Costa-Gavras. The 77th edition of the Locarno Film Festival is scheduled for August 7-17. This prestigious event will honour Khan’s exceptional career in Indian cinema and his significant contribution to global entertainment.

Khan’s journey to fame and versatility

The 58-year-old actor, born in New Delhi in 1965, rose to fame for his role in the romantic thriller Boss (1993).

He later became a superstar with roles in romantic dramas such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) and Cow Cow Hot Heath (1998).

Despite his fame, Khan continued to perform various roles that were far ahead of their time, earning him considerable international recognition.

Khan’s comeback and future adventures

In 2023, after a nearly five-year hiatus from leading roles, Khan made a successful comeback with two major hits, toad And Javanese.

Both action films broke box office records.

Meanwhile, Khan is now gearing up for his next film KingIn this film, directed by Sujoy Ghosh, SRK will be seen sharing the screen space with his daughter Suhana Khan.

After finishing Kinghe will start filming Pathan 2 for the YRF Spy Universe in December.