After superstar Amitabh Bachchan, it is now the turn of another superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, to be honoured by the French government. Shah Rukh Khan has been selected for France’s top cultural award, Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters), a French Embassy press note said.
The award is in recognition of his exceptional career as well as his contribution to the development of Indo-French cooperation in cinema.
It puts Shah Rukh Khan, whose recent film “Don” was partially shot in Paris, in an illustrious club of actors that include Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
In January this year, the French government bestowed its highest civilian award, Legion d'Honneur, on Amitabh Bachchan for his contribution to Indian and international cultural life.
Describing Shah Rukh Khan as an actor of great talent and unmatched popularity, French Ambassador Dominique Girard said: “The award also stands testimony to our gratitude to Shah Rukh Khan for his cooperation with the French cinema industry at a time when we are determined to further deepen the Indo-French collaboration in this field.”
The award is given to citizens of France and also foreign nationals, who have made significant contributions to arts and literature and to the development of culture and cultural understanding in France and throughout the world. Previous winners of the award from India include author Mahasweta Devi and artist S. H. Raza
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