Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, who has been conferred the coveted Chevalier de L'Ordre Arts et Lettres (The Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government, says it was "silly" of him to have advertised the award.
"Indian scholars have received two Chevaliers and don't advertise it. Between humility and fame, silly me chose latter. Thank you friends and fans," Haasan wrote on his Twitter page on Tuesday (August 23).
Trisha Krishnan @trishtrashers
"Congratulations to the best actor n one of my most favourite people on being conferred the French Chevalier Award @ikamalhaasan," posted Trisha, who shared screen space with Kamal in Manmadha Ambu and Thoongaa Vanam.
AR Rahman, who has worked in many Kamal Haasan movies took to his social media page to congratulate Kamal. He said, "Congratulations @ikamalhaasan on being appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres."
"Congratulations dear @ikamalhaasan sir on the prestigious chevalier de L'ordre! Supa happy and proud moment 4 all of us.we bow to u. GB," Vishal wrote on his official Twitter page.
Dhananjayan Govind @Dhananjayang
"Very happy & proud that after Sivaji sir our legend @ikamalhaasan sir getting the #chevalier award for this year from French Govt," producer Dhananjayan Govind, who is also a National Award recipient, said.
"#KamalHaasan You Always Get what You deseve. "Chevalier" awaits you. Congrats," ace cinematographer PC Sreeram wrote on his Twitter page along with a picture of himself with Kamal Haasan.
"I wish this generation's Chevalier Sivaji and my good friend Kamal Haasan for receiving the prestigious award," Rajinikanth wrote in Tamil on his Twitter page," superstar Rajinikanth wrote in Tamil on his Twitter page.
Upon being chosen for the award, Haasan said he'd like to dedicate it to his admirers and audiences.
Thanking his teachers and admirers, he said: "With motherly care, they have applauded my every little step forward. The melancholy of my parents not being alive to see this day is allied by the fact the elders and the young in my family are around to enjoy it."
Meanwhile, the Artistes Association also known as 'Nadigar Sangam' is planning a grand event to celebrate the prestigious honour bestowed on Haasan.
In a statement, the Sangam confirmed that an event is going to be organized to felicitate the National award-winning actor.
Check out the slides above to know what celebrities said on Kamal Haasan winning the award: