The King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan knighted

December 8th, 2008 - 2:06 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

On Saturday, the King Khan was given the honorary ‘datuk’ title that is equivalent to British knighthood. The superstar star dressed in a traditional black and gold Malay outfit and headgear. Knighted by the Malaysia’s southern Malacca state.

The honorary title, bestowed by Malacca Gov. Mohamad Khalil Yaacob, has stirred controversy with Malaysians who say it was wrong to honor a foreigner when there were many deserving local artists.

He was knighted on Saturday in Malaysia’s southern Malacca state. Malacca authorities said Shahrukh Khan was knighted because six of his movies were shot on location in the historical state and helped boost their tourism.

The Bollywood star has a massive fan following in Malaysia, adding to the local Malays and the Indians. Bollywood films are extremely popular in Malaysia. After the ceremony ended, he announced on his new film ‘My Name is Khan,’ the shooting will be starting this month, the movie makes clear ‘that Islam does not in any which way tell you to be violent.’ ‘I think the whole concept of jihad, the whole concept of warring needs to be explained as Allah meant it to be in the Quran … it is an attempt to try and do that in an entertaining way,’ Khan said. He included by saying this movie will be a help spread the message that Islam does not support terrorism.

The film will be directed by top Bollywood film maker Karan Johar and will co-star Kajol Mukherjee. Khan says, ‘When you are an actor, you truly believe that the language that you speak can be truly international and go across boundaries and bring hope, especially in today’s time and age when the world is full of strife,’ he said.

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