Bollywood actor-director and social activist Aamir Khan has been honoured with a prestigious US award in recognition of his successful effort to create debate on India's pressing social problems through his popular TV show Satyamev Jayate. Season 2 of the show is set to be launched in January, 2014.
Khan, 47, was presented with the Inaugural America Abroad Media Award along with Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and the International Centre on Non-violent Conflict (ICNC) at a function in Washington on Monday night.
Launched in 2012, the Sunday morning show Satyamev Jayete, tackles some of India's most pressing social problems - forced abortions of unborn girls; domestic violence; child sexual abuse; alcoholism and treatment of the elderly.
"I have no idea how the work that we started back home would interest somehow outside India," said Aamir Khan accepting the award in person making a rare exception to his practice of not attending award shows.
"Me and my team are trying to do this show with love, because we feel that we are part of the problem and we are also part of the solution. And we need to find that. We need to question ourselves and look inside as opposed to pointing outside," he said after the ceremony.