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Big B awarded France's highest distinction
January 27, 2007 23:45 IST
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan on Saturday joined the legion of legends like Satyajit Ray, Pandit RaviShankar and Steven Spielberg after being awarded with France's highest civilian distinction.
The Legion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) was awarded in recognition of Bachchan's contribution to Indian and international cultural life at a glittering function at the French embassy in New Delhi.
French Ambassador H E Dominique Girard, who gave away the award, said that by honouring Bachchan with the highest honour of the Republic, his country was showing the respect that the star deserved.
Speaking on the occasion, Bachchan said it was an honour that he accepted on behalf of the whole of Indian cinema.
The Bachchan's family, including his wife Jaya Bachchan, son Abhishek, would-be daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai, daughter Shweta, was in attendance at the event.The Oscar winning documentary, Penguins, A Love Story, whose English and Hindi versions in India have been narrated by Bachchan himself was screened on the occasion. The documentary is scheduled for release in early April