The whole of Kollywood is thrilled that Kamal Haasan will be awarded the Chevalier de L’Ordre Arts et Lettres (The Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government.
The Nadigar Sangam has issued a lengthy statement, thanking France and wishing the actor.
Suriya posted on Twitter: “Hearty congratulations sir!! Always your mad fan… #Chevalier @ikamalhaasan”.
Shruti Haasan posted: “@ikamalhaasan congratulations Bapuji on receiving the honour of the chevalier!everyday you make me proud to be your daughter! Je’taime papa.”
In an audio statement, Kamal said, “The French Government has kindly conferred the Chevalier award for Arts and Letters on me. On this occasion, I bow before my more deserving forerunners, Mr. Satyajit Ray and Mr. Sivaji Ganesan, who made even the common man realise the value of the Chevalier award. I thank His Excellency, the Ambassador of France in India, Mr. Alexandre Ziegler, who inimated me of this honour.
This award humbles me rather than stiffen me with pride.
I realise my journey in my chosen field has not been alone. Teachers and admirers abounded around me. With motherly care they have applauded my every little step forward. The melancholy of my parents not being alive to see this day is allayed by the fact that the elders and the young are still around in my family to enjoy it. I dedicate this award to my admirers and audience, who give me the tenacity of purpose to pursue, to this day and moment, my arts and letters. Thank you.”