Big B, Shah Rukh among Asian Guild Award winners
The London-based Asian Guild honoured Hindi film icon Amitabh Bachchan with the Lifetime Achievement Award.india Updated: Dec 27, 2003 23:19 IST
In May this year, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan was given the Life Achievement Award by the Asia Guild, which seeks to provide impetus and recognise the initiatives of Asians.
It also hooured Naresh Goel of Jet Air with the Asian Entrepreneur of the Year trophy. Shah Rukh also received the award for the Star of the Decade.
Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan Cricket captain was honoured with the Sporstman of the Year trophy while Tarique Ghaffur, Assistant Commissioner Police, was honoured with Fellowship award for outstanding achievement.
With the song Rang Barse and other hit songs from his films being played in the background, Amitabh Bachchan was honoured as the Mega star of Bollywood and given Life Achievement award, amidst resounding applause from 1000 invitees to Asia Guild-hosted dinner in the Great Room of Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.
Like him many recipients of awards in various categories had come especially from India and other places, said Joginder Sanger, Vice-Chairman and a founder member of the Guild. " It is truly Asian in its objectives and spirit," he said.
This was reflected in the list of awardees and the make-up of the audience that included peers like Lord Dholakia and Lord Peter Archer, president of the Guild, deputy Speaker Ms Heath and MPs like Dr Ashok Kumar and many High Commissioners including of Pakistan.
In his thank you speech Bachchan paid special tribute to his various directors and crew members " who have helped me deserve such awards".
Attraction for him apparently knows no age barrier. Both young and old women clamoured to be photographed with him. It must have been bemusing to his daughter, who had come with him.
Naresh Goel of Jet Air had also flown in specially for receiving the award for the Asian Entrepreneur of the Year trophy. Shah Rukh too got a huge ovation when he received the award for the Star of the Decade from the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
Shah Rukh in his thank you speech paid tribute to "seniors" Bachchan and Yash Chopra who too was honoured for his "Contribution to Bollywood". " It is great to see the excitement and enthusiasms being shared by all." Then he turned towards Wasim Akram and said "Akram Bhai, lots of salaam to you".
Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan Cricket captain was awarded the Sporstman of the Year trophy. Still looking very trim, Akram's name in the list showed that Asia Guild is not just an organisation by Indians for Indians.
Tarique Ghaffur, Assistant Commissioner Police, who holds the highest, ranking Asian in the Metropolitan Police, was also honoured with Fellowship award for outstanding achievement.
The Asian Guild, although just two year old, has as its President Peter Archer said, helped each community " find a part of" their identity and transcend racial barriers.
It has been formed with the help of Indians each of whom, like Lord Dholkia, Lord King and Joginder Sanger, the hotelier and recipient of the Community Service award 2002, to provide impetus and recognise the initiatives of Asians.
Sitar Maestro Ravi Shankar and Gurinder Chadha of Bend It Like Beckham were among those honoured last year.