Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan is all set to be awarded the Chevalier de L'Ordre Arts et Letters (The Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government, as part of France's premiere award.
"The distinction, which is yet another laurel for the actor, is in recognition of his high level of artistic excellence and his distinguished career achievements. The award will be conferred on Kamal Haasan at a special ceremony," read a statement from Haasan.
Dedicating The Award
"I dedicate this award to my admirers and audience who give me the tenacity of purpose to pursue to this day and moment my arts," he said.
A Humbling Experience
He said the award humbles him rather than stiffening him with pride. Chevalier de L'Ordre Arts et Letters is considered as one of the most prestigious awards given away by the French government.
Missing His Parents
Though there was the "melancholy" of his parents not being alive to "see this day", other elders and youngsters were there in the family to "enjoy it (the moment)," Haasan added.
Nadigar Sangam Greets Kamal
The Nadigar Sangam (Artistes' Association) and DMK Treasurer and Opposition Leader in Tamil Nadu Assembly MK Stalin greeted the actor for getting the French award.
A Function To Celebrate The Occasion?
The award was a "recognition" of the Tamil cinema industry, a sangam release said, adding the actors wanted to felicitate Haasan by conducting a function but said a decision on this would be taken after consulting him.
Stalin hailed Haasan as a "multi-faceted" actor and extended his hearty greetings to him. In a Twitter post, Stalin wished more such awards to the actor "who has come up due to hardwork."
After finishing the shoot for Sabhash Naidu, Kamal might look to release his long pending Vishwaroopam 2. Also, rumours are rife that the actor might join hands with KS Ravikumar for the sequel of Panchathanthiram.
The award is presented "to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world."
Other Indian recipients of the award include late Tamil actor Sivaji Ganeshan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Nandita Das and Shah Rukh Khan.
On receiving the award, Kamal said he would like to dedicate it to his "admirers and audience" and that the prestigious recognition has humbled him.
"On this occasion, I bow before my more deserving forerunners Satyajit Ray and Sivaji Ganesan who made even the common man realise the value of Chevalier award," the 61-year-old actor said in an audio message.
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