Actor Amitabh Bachchan, 70, was the guest of honour at a reception hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife, Samantha Cameron, at their official residence in London for a charity initiative for diabetes.
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Padma Shri in 1984. Padma Bhushan in 2001. And now megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured with the Global Diversity Award in Delhi on Wednesday. The 70-year-old will also take a tour around the Parliament house.
The actor wrote on Twitter, "Last night at 10, Downing Street was a rewarding experience. Today at Parliament and the Speaker and a Global Diversity Award !!"
The reception, held behind the famous black door of 10, Downing Street which has been home to the British Prime Ministers for over 275 years, was to mark the sixth anniversary of the Leicester-based charity, Silver Star.
The actor, who described the experience as a rare privilege, further went on to tweet: “Prime Minister David Cameron gave exclusive time to us, in one of the many historic rooms of the Residence, 10 Downing Street.”
This is not the first time Bachchan has supported the charity. Last year, on his birthday, the charity gifted him a Mobile Diabetes Unit for the city of Mumbai. The unit, which travels to the city’s disadvantaged areas giving free diabetes tests, was named, Amitabh, in recognition of his support.
At the reception, an announcement was made for another such mobile unit for Delhi, to be named after Amitabh’s father — noted poet Harivanshrai Bachchan, and launched next year.
Apart from David Cameron, there were other international dignitaries present at the reception, including American civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson.
Amitabh was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1984 and the Padma Bhushan in 2001. In July 1999, he was named the 'Greatest Star of stage or screen of the Millennium' by a BBC online poll. The actor has appeared in over 180 films and was honoured with France's highest civilian honour, the Knight of the Legion of Honour, by the French government in 2007, for his exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond.
His wax statue was modelled in London's Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, in 2000. Another statue was installed in New York in 2009, Hong Kong in 2011, Bangkok in 2011 and Washington, DC in 2012. In 2003, he was conferred with the Honorary Citizenship of the French town of Deauville.
In July 2012, Amitabh carried the Olympic torch during the last leg of its relay in London's Southwark.