Bollywood film star Shah Rukh Khan
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New Delhi: Muhammad Khan, a debutant Indonesian actor, thanked Hindi cinema megastar Shah Rukh Khan after he won Piala Citra award for best actor in a leading role. During the 2019 Citra Awards ceremony, which took place on 8 December, the actor expressed his love and gratitude towards Shah Rukh in his acceptance speech.

“I would like to thank the one and only King Khan. Shah Rukh Khan, I hope you are going to watch this video. Shah Rukh ji, main tumse kuch kehna chahta hoon. Mujhe tumse bahut, bahut pyaar ho gaya hai. Actually, you are the reason why I wanted to become an actor when I was 10. So, tonight, I would like to share this award with you as well. And I hope I can meet you one day,” Muhammad said as the crowd cheered him on every time he spoke in Hindi.

Muhammad lucked out as he received a response from his idol. On Tuesday evening, by when Muhammad’s acceptance speech had gone viral on social media, Shah Rukh tweeted, “I am so glad for your success. Will meet you soon. Have a good life and keep feeling as an actor….& Thks everyone for bringing this to my notice.”

Shah Rukh Khan was last seen in Anand L. Rai’s Zero. Released in December 2018, the movie was not well-liked by the audience or critics. His production, Bard of Blood which came out on Netflix has received mixed reviews. There is speculation on what film he may be a part of next, but there is no clarity.

Elated about his win, Muhammad also said it was Shah Rukh Khan’s films that inspired him to follow in his footsteps and become an actor. Before leaving the stage, he sang one of Shah Rukh’s most famous and oldest songs from 1998, Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam, from his film Duplicate.

Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body), the film which won Muhammad the Piala Citra, won eight Citra motion picture awards, including Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Music Director, Best Costume Designer, Best Art Director and Best Film Editing.

Director Arin Nugroho won his first ever Citra after being in the film industry for over 30 years. Inspired by the life of Javanese dancer and choreographer Rianto, the film landed itself in controversy due to its homoerotic nature. It was banned in several regions including Depok, West Java, and Palembang, South Sumatra. The film is also
Indonesia’s entry to the 2020 Academy Awards.

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