Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan congratulated veteran actor Kamal Haasan for being chosen for the French honour, Chevalier Award.
Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, has been conferred the coveted Chevalier de L’Ordre Arts et Letters (The Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government. 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.
In a letter sent to the “Dasavatharam” 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.
Earlier Kamal Haasan said it was “silly” of him to have advertised the award. “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 Twitter page on Tuesday (Auguest 23).
Upon being chosen for the award, Haasan said he’d like to dedicate it to his admirers and audiences. Thanking his teachers and admirers, he said: “With motherly care, they have applauded my every little step forward. The melancholy of my parents not being alive to see this day is allied by the fact the elders and the young in my family are around to enjoy it.”