Filmfare Middle East honored Khan on its UAE relaunch with a Cinematic Icon Pakistan/India Award.
It was presented to him by filmmaker and collaborator Karan Johar and designer Manish Malhotra, for whom Khan walked the ramp for as a show stopper alongside Padukone in 2016.
Filmfare’s move could be seen as a bridging of relations after the sharing of talent between the two countries had become further and further scrutinized and politicized over the past few years. The Middle East is a neutral middle ground for stars from both sides of the border to rub shoulders.
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Khan’s relationship with Bollywood took a sour turn when after two mega-hits (arguably three with ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’) relations between the two countries soured with reports of many deals and roles slipping out of the in-demand actor’s hands. Clips from all three films, including ‘Kapoor and Sons’ and ‘Khoobsurat,’ played before the actor received his award.
Filmfare is a longstanding Indian entertainment publication that focuses on Bollywood.
Khan was joined at the event with fellow Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat, veteran Indian actor Jackie Shroff and actress Vidya Balan.