MUMBAI: Bollywood film director Anurag Kashyap will be conferred with the French honor `Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ at the on-going Cannes International Film Festival on Monday.
Kashyap gets the honour for his role “in the promotion of Indian cinema across the globe.”
The award Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) will be given by French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti at a ceremony in Cannes on Monday.
Kashyap joins other Indian legends such as Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar and photographer Raghu Rai in getting this top French honour.
Kashyap, who was in Cannes last year with his film Gangs of Wasseypur, is back again with Ugly. He is also the co-producer of two films – The Lunchbox and Monsoon Shootout – that are India’s entry at Cannes. As well, he is also one of the four directors of Bombay Talkies which is a four-film tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema. Bombay Talkies will have a special gala presentation at Cannes.
“Last year, at the Cannes Film Festival, his film Gangs of Wasseypur received a standing ovation as it was premiered at the Director’s Fortnight. This film was distributed commercially in France a few months back and was well received by the French public and press,” said a French embassy statement in India.
“France has a tradition of supporting artists from all over the world. Bestowing the insignia of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters on Anurag Kashyap is a recognition of his artistic talent and career, and his notable efforts in the promotion of Indian cinema in the world,” the statement added.