Amitabh Bachchan has become the first Indian film star ever to be awarded an honorary doctorate from a British university.
On Wednesday Mr. Bachchan was conferred an honorary degree of Doctorate of Arts by the De Montford University at Leicester at it's graduation ceremony. The university said he was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the movie business in India.
Bachchan said he was deeply humbled by this recognition.
Officials of De Montfort University also expressed that "Amitabh Bachchan is a well-known figure in the creative industries and his energy and professionalism will be an inspiration to our graduates and students across the board, and especially to those wishing to pursue careers in this sector."
They also admit that honouring of the Big B had much to do with their ongoing drive to get on to the news agenda, highlight their commitment to the creative industries and push for more Indian students.