Indo-Asian News Service
(IANS) The French embassy will honour Saturday legendary Hindi film
actor Amitabh Bachchan with the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest
civilian award, for his contribution to Indian and international
French Ambassador Dominique Girard will confer the award on Bachchan
at a special function at the embassy. Apparently, the entire Bachchan
clan is expected to grace the occasion. Aishwarya Rai, who just got
engaged to the actor's son, Abhishek, is also likely to be seen at the
Eminent filmmaker Luc Jacquet's thought provoking film "Penguins, A
Love Story" will be screened on the occasion.
Actress Romane Bohringer, who did the voice over for the French
portion of the film, Christophe Lioud and Yves Darondeau, founders and
managers of production company Bonne Pioche, will be present there.
Other well-known personalities from Bollywood, the Mumbai-based
Hindi film industry, to attend the function will be Manmohan Shetty of
Adlabs Films distributors and Sunil Doshi of Alliance Indian. Both
Shetty and Doshi are the rights holders of the film.
The French embassy in India had made the announcement Oct 10 last
year, which coincided with Bachchan's 64th birthday.
Created to reward eminent military and civil merits in the service
of France, Legion d'Honneur is the highest distinction that can be
conferred to a French citizen or a foreigner.
Among the eminent Indian personalities to have received the honour
are Oscar-winning filmmaker Satyajit Ray in 1987, sitar maestro Ravi
Shankar in 2000 and environmentalist R.K. Pachauri in 2006.
Bachchan, an icon in India, is well known in many countries around
the world. The BBC Online voted him as the 'Star of the millennium'
above Hollywood greats like Sir Lawrence Olivier and Charlie
The actor, popularly known as Big B, has dominated Indian cinema
since he quit his job as a freight broker in Calcutta and joined
Bollywood more than three decades ago.