Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan congratulated veteran actor Kamal Haasan for being chosen for the French honour, Chevalier Award.
On Sunday (August 21), 61-year-old Haasan was chosen for the prestigious award, the second Tamil star after thespian Sivaji Ganesan to be nominated for the French honour.
Tamil Nadu Politicians Hail Kamal
Tamil Nadu politicians too, congratulated Kamal Haasan on being conferred the Chevalier Award. MK Stalin hailed Haasan as a "multi-faceted" actor and extended his hearty greetings to him.
A Grand Event On The Cards?
The Artistes Association also known as 'Nadigar Sangam' is planning a grand event to celebrate the prestigious honour bestowed on Kamal Haasan. The office bearers of Nadigar Sangam had recently met Kamal to congratulate him.
Other Actors Who Have Won The Award
Kamal Haasan became only the second Tamil actor to win the prestigious award after 'Nadigar Thilagam' Sivaji Ganesan. Among other Indian actors who have won the award are Amitabh Bachchan, Sharukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
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.
'Sabhash Naidu' Release Date?
Since Kamal is yet to recover completely from his leg injury, it is difficult for the actor to finish the shoot and release the film before the end of this year. If all goes well, Sabhash Naidu might hit the screen early next year.
Kamal's Pet Projects
Among many projects that is close to Kamal Haasan's heart, Marudhanayagam has to be the one that is closest. Much to the delight of his fans, the actor has not given up on the project.
In a letter sent to the Thoongaa Vanam actor, Vijayan said Haasan had succeeded in elevating the glory of Indian cinema to new horizons through this honour.
"You have been chosen for the prestigious Chevalier Award for placing the Indian cinema on the top of world films, through your multi-faceted personality," he said.
The Chief Minister also said the actor's humility had been revealed through his act of dedicating the recognition to his fans and well-wishers.
Many other celebrities and politicians from across the country had wished the maverick actor on winning the award. Kamal Haasan though, called himself silly for advertising the winning moment.
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 official Twitter page.
Continue reading the story in the slides above: