Bollywood king Shah Rukh Khan has again proved his status in the Indian film industry by being awarded the top French cultural honour ‘Officer dans l’Ordre des Aris et des Lettres’ (Officer of the order of Arts and Letters) by the Ambassador of France in India, Jerome Bonnafont, at a special ceremony at the Grand Hyatt.
Shah Rukh joined the ranks of Hollywood stars like George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Bruce Wills and Leonardo Di Caprio. Arundhati Roy is the other famous Indian recipient of this award.
Looking dashing in a black suit, the star was all smiles and in quite a mood as he joked around while receiving the award.
“It’s just a beginning. I feel too humble for this huge honour. I feel that I am taking the Indian Cinema much beyond as a career. It’s not me who is popular in France. It’s the Indian Cinema which is popular and I am just a part of the Indian Cinema!” He said.
France’s ambassador to India Jerome Bonnafont said Khan was given the award for taking “the charm of Indian cinema the world over.”
Shah Rukh is currently the most popular and highest-paid actor in Bollywood. His recent movie Om Shanti Om was the highest grosser of all time.
The honour is given by the French government to people excelling in the field of art, literature and/or influencing the art and culture of France.