Music producer Naughty Boy (aka Shahid Khan) was given the accolade as a ‘Rising Star’. This self-effacing 29 year old from Watford (now based in Ealing) is an inspiration to many emerging artists.
He began his musical career with a small a grant of £5,000 from The Prince’s Trust, and then he appeared on Channel 4’s hit game show “Deal Or No Deal”, where he won £44,000, and this enabled him to purchase equipment and begin recording music.
Since then Khan has gone on to work with some of the biggest names in popular music, including Sandé, Chipmunk, TinieTempah, Katy Perry and most recently with Zayn Malik of mega global boyband, One Direction. Khan’s 2013 smash hit, “La La La”, featuring Sam Smith was a global summer sensation, with over 386 million views on YouTube, to date.
“To receive this level of recognition from my peers of fellow Asians is such a privilege. ACV Naughty Boy (Shahid Khan):'Bollywood has been a big influence' “I’m proud of being a British Pakistani and I’m proud to represent the Asian community. I grew up immersed in Bollywood movies, where music, songs and extravagant dance sequences dominate, and that has really influenced the way I produce music today.”
Novelist Hanif Kureishi has won the accolade for achievement in media, arts and culture at the Asian Achievers' Awards. The awards, which celebrate individuals who have inspired communities and achieved outstanding accomplishments in their respective fields, were held on Friday (19th September) at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Kureishi said he was “really proud” of the award, but added a warning to aspiring writers not to be "naive", commenting: “I never realised quite how difficult it would be, and what a nightmare it would be, trying to be a successful writer. I managed to survive, but I had no idea at the beginning how hard it would be." He added: “As an artist, the only thing that matters is you’re your own person. You work as you have to and tell stories that you have to tell. You can’t tell stories someone else wants you to tell.”
The speaker at the event was Phillip Hammond, secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, and guests included Cherie Blair and India's High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Ranjan Mathai. Among other winners on the night were experimental physicist Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee and music producer Shahid Khan.
Kureishi's most recent work was novel The Last Word (Faber), published in January.
The Gandhi star, who was born Krishna Pandit Bhanji to a Gujarati father and British mother, will be presented with the Fellowship Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cinema.
Asian Awards founder Paul Sagoo says, "Ben Kingsley is without a doubt one of the most accomplished actors of Asian descent and we are incredibly proud and excited to celebrate the remarkable career of such an outstanding individual."
The awards ceremony will take place in London on 16 April (13).