Sunday, August 21, 2016
Actor Kamal Haasan will be awarded the prestigious Chevalier de L’Ordre Arts et Letters by the French Government.
The order is a part of France’s premier award, the Legion of Honour and he is the second Tamil Actor after Sivaji Ganeshan to be chosen for the honour.
In March 30 this year, he had received the Henri Langlois Award for his contribution to cinema in France. In an audio recorded statement, Kamal Haasan thanked the French Ambassador to India, Alexander Siegler who had informed him of the decision.
‘I accept this honour with pride and happiness and I bow before my more deserving forerunners, Sivaji Ganeshan and Satyajit Ray who made the common man realize the value of the Chevalier award’, said Kamal.
The Government of India conferred Padma Shri in 1990 and Padma Bhushan in 2014 apart from the current Ordre Des Arts et des Lettres (Chevalier). In 2009, he was conferred with FICCI Living Leged by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. In 2010, he bagged CNN-IBN Indian of the Year award. In 2004, Kamal was conferred with Abraham Kovoor National Award for Humanist Activities by Kerala Ykthivadi Sangham.
Kamal was honoured by Government of Tamil Nadu with Kalaimamani in 1980, and Honorary Award by Government of Kerala in 2010 and Special Achievement Award by United Progressive Alliance in the same year.
He was conferred by Special Jury Award in 2009 and Popular Tamil Actor in 2013 by Asianet Film Awards.
These awards are apart from many best actor, Most Popular Hero of the Year, Best Villain Award, Best Comedian Award, Best Storey-Screenplay Writer awards etc