Local hero and the proud creator of BBC sitcom ‘Citizen Khan’ – Adil Ray – received the distinguished Order of British Empire (OBE) in Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The British Muslim was awarded with the prestigious OBE as the honours listee on the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The arrangements were made at the signatory Buckingham Palace. During the investiture ceremony, two minute silence was observed to grieve the Armistice Day. Adil Ray received the Britain’s finest award from the Duke of Cambridge – Prince William.
Started in 2012, the famous British sitcom ‘Citizen Khan’ revolves around the lives of a Pakistani origin family residing in East Birmingham. The title of the show refers to the lead character Mr. Khan who is an average loud-mouthed, cricket-loving Pakistani.
Adil Ray himself plays the role of Mr. Khan in the series
Expressing his deepest emotions and inspiration behind the sitcom, the vibrant 42 years old dedicated his award to his parents.
I’m very honoured to receive this award. I really would like to dedicate this honour to my parents. They like many immigrant families came to Britain with dreams of their own and I feel very fortunate that with the help of many supportive people around me I have been able to follow mine.
Said Adil at the ceremony.
Adil Ray took advantage of the opportunity to highlight the importance of lives of immigrants in the United Kingdom saying
“At a time when the future of Britain is under discussion and yet again immigration is top of the agenda honours like this remind us that we all have a part to play and have something to contribute to Great Britain.”
Following these words, he ended the statement with his charming humor and wit saying
Now, if you’ll excuse me I just need to go and explain to Mr Khan why he’s been overlooked.
In an interview to Asian image, Adil said: “I started as a DJ playing music on the radio and ended up doing journalism on the radio and documentary filmmaking and now I’ve got a sitcom on the telly.”
Adil still works on BBC radio stations as well but his main objective to spread joy and tolerance via Citizen Khan
In the end I just want to make comedy, in the kind of world we’re living in today – you can look at events this week around the world – if something like Citizen Khan and comedy can help us all appreciate each other a bit more and laugh at the same things together, that can only be a good thing.
The popularity and success of the show can be estimated by the fact that the sitcom is aired to this day and has an on-going 5th series.
He further added that:
I think the great thing about all of that is it’s all about storytelling – that’s what I’m doing. I feel very privileged to have got this far and got the award today.
Adil Ray, as a humble human being that he is, tweeted and named the award to his parents.
A surreal day at The Palace and Tea @theritzlondon. I dedicate my OBE to my Mum & Dad. They made me! Thank you