The actor is being recognised for his work with vulnerable children in India.

British actor Dev Patel, who shot to international fame in 2009 for starring in the Academy Award-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire, will be making a special appearance in Dubai next week.

The 27-year-old will be the guest of honour at the Chivas Icons event, which was launched last year to recognise individuals in the Gulf region who are making a difference in the world.

The Lion star, who has Indian parents, is being honoured for his work with the #LionHeart campaign, which provides support to the more than 11 million children who live on the streets of India.

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The campaign was inspired by the 2016 film, which tells the story of a young Indian man’s long struggle to track down his childhood home after he was separated from his family as a child.

 

Patel said in a statement: “I am grateful for my life and the success I have enjoyed. I don’t have to worry about where I’m going to sleep, when I’m going to eat or how I’m going to protect myself. I have the freedom to make my own choices and choose my path in life.

“Unfortunately, this is not the case for millions of children in India and around the world.

 
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“For this reason, I want to help others by telling culturally diverse stories that educate and shed light on the human condition. True success means using your own to help others who don’t have a voice or the freedom we take for granted.”

Patel will be attending the event at Dubai’s H Hotel on May 2.

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