The megastar Amitabh Bachchan was honored today, by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), with an honorary doctorate.
"I am truly overwhelmed and immensely pleased to be the recipient of such a distinction," said Amitabh Bachchan.
"The recognition of my contribution to Indian cinema and its effort to reach out to an international community fills me with intense pride and humility - pride for being able to be a link between Australian and Indian professionals of the film and creative industries and humility for a chance to be the medium in doing so. May this help strengthen the existing bonds between our two countries," he added.
This is the fourth doctorate award that the actor Amitabh Bachchan is bestowed with. Previously he received similar honors from De Montfort Univ, Leicester UK, Jhansi University and the Delhi University.
QUT had approached Amitabh Bachchan with the honor two years back but the actor refused it due to racial attacks on Indian students.
"I congratulate Bachchan on his honorary doctorate from QUT, an important academic institution in my home city of Brisbane. Bachchan has made an inestimable contribution to global cinema and this prestigious award is a marker of the impact of his films in Australia," said Peter Varghese, Australia's High Commissioner to India.
“The rise of Bollywood in Australia reflects the phenomenal growth that is taking place across the spectrum of the Australia-India relationship, from booming trade and investment to education links and two-way tourism," he added.
Amitabh Bachchan, who was in Australia shooting for his movie ‘The Great Gatsby’, traveled from Sydney to receive the honor during a ceremony at Old Government House in Brisbane.