‘Don’ now with Interpol

Now ‘Don’ is on the right side of Interpol! Actor Shahrukh Khan has been roped in by Interpol as an ambassador for its ‘Turn Back’ crime campaign aimed at promoting awareness on preventing crime.


(Shahrukh with Interpol Secretary General Ronald K Noble PHOTO/Interpol)

With this, Khan joins an elite group, including Football star Lionel Messi, action king Jackie Chan and Formula 1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, who support the initiative. Khan and Jackie Chan have been named the ambassadors for the programme.

“The multi-award winning actor, the first Indian to be made an Ambassador for the global campaign, is lending his voice to help spread the message that all of society benefits when citizens respect the law and fight crime,” the Interpol said in a statement.

Khan, who acted in the remake of the Hindi blockbuster ‘Don’ and its sequel, said on Twitter, “Don on the right side of Interpol. How ironically cool is that…ha ha. Honoured to be the Ambassador for Turn Back Crime, the Interpol initiative. Thanx Mr Noble for the opportunity.”

The Turn Back Crime campaign is aimed at raising public awareness that organized crime is often involved in seemingly unrelated crimes. Drugs trafficking, people smuggling, counterfeiting, cyber crime, kidnapping, crimes against children and corruption in sport are often interconnected, with profits from one crime area used to fund another.

The campaign is aimed at helping public better understand these issues and empowering them not to be duped by criminals when buying products or using the Internet.


(Shahrukh with Interpol Secretary General Ronald K Noble PHOTO/Interpol)

On his role in the campaign, Khan was quoted by the Interpol as saying, “in whatever way possible resolve not to let unjust people who might threaten us with criminal activity make us fear them. Because I believe we can, we should, and we must stand together against the few who commit crimes against any human being, in whatever form or guise these crimes might take.

Interpol Secretary General Ronald K Noble said Khan has dedicated his life to making films, which reflect the highest level of professionalism and commitment to bringing joy into the lives of hundreds of millions of filmgoers in India and around the world.

The Interpol is also now reaching out to companies and policy-makers in a bid to form a united front against contemporary crime challenges, and to support the ongoing activities of the global law enforcement community.

(An edited version appeared in Deccan Herald on Aug 29)


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