Highest French distinction, the Officer of the Legion of Honour conferred on Amitabh Bachchan

French Ambassador, Mr. Dominique Girard confers the award of the Officer de la Legion d'Honneur on Mr. Bachchan
French Ambassador, Mr. Dominique Girard confers the award of the Officer de la Legion d’Honneur on Mr. Bachchan
27 January 2007, Embassy of France, New Delhi
Mr. Bachchan and his family is felicitated by French Ambassador Dominique Girard
Mr. Bachchan and his family is felicitated by French Ambassador Dominique Girard
French Ambassador, Mr. Dominique Girard confers the award of the Officer de la Legion d'Honneur on Mr. Bachchan
French Ambassador, Mr. Dominique Girard confers the award of the Officer de la Legion d’Honneur on Mr. Bachchan
27 January 2007, Embassy of France, New Delhi
French Ambassador, Mr. Dominique Girard confers the award of the Officer de la Legion d'Honneur on Mr. Bachchan
French Ambassador, Mr. Dominique Girard confers the award of the Officer de la Legion d’Honneur on Mr. Bachchan
27 January 2007, Embassy of France, New Delhi
French Ambassador, Mr. Dominique Girard confers the award of the Officer de la Legion d'Honneur on Mr. Bachchan
French Ambassador, Mr. Dominique Girard confers the award of the Officer de la Legion d’Honneur on Mr. Bachchan
27 January 2007, Embassy of France, New Delhi
(L to R) Ambassador of France, Mr. Dominique Girard, Mrs. Maud Girard, Mr. Bachchan and Mrs. Jaya Bachchan at the award ceremony
(L to R) Ambassador of France, Mr. Dominique Girard, Mrs. Maud Girard, Mr. Bachchan and Mrs. Jaya Bachchan at the award ceremony
French Ambassador, Mr. Dominique Girard confers the award of the Officer de la Legion d'Honneur on Mr. Bachchan
French Ambassador, Mr. Dominique Girard confers the award of the Officer de la Legion d’Honneur on Mr. Bachchan
27 January 2007, Embassy of France, New Delhi
French Ambassador, Mr. Dominique Girard confers the award of the Officer de la Legion d'Honneur on Mr. Bachchan
French Ambassador, Mr. Dominique Girard confers the award of the Officer de la Legion d’Honneur on Mr. Bachchan
27 January 2007, Embassy of France, New Delhi

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The French government has bestowed the award of Officier de la Legion d’Honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honour) on mega superstar, Mr Amitabh Bachchan.

The "Légion d’Honneur" (Legion of Honour) is the highest distinction that can be conferred in France on a French citizen as well as on a foreigner.The award is a recognition of Mr Bachchan’s contribution to Indian and international cultural life.

The award was conferred upon the legendary actor by the French Ambassador, H.E Mr Dominique GIRARD at a special function at the Embassy . On this occasion, a screening of the thought provoking film “Penguins, A Love Story” by Luc Jacquet , was held. The film has grossed over 200 million sales in USA.

Actress Romane Bohringer (voice over for the French portion of the film),Oscar winners, Christophe Lioud and Yves Darondeau of Bonne Pioche, the production company, Mr. Manmohan Shetty, Adlabs Films,distributors and Sunil Doshi, Alliance, Indian rights holder of the movie were present on this occasion.

About the Legion of Honour

The Highest French Distinction created in 1802 by Napolean Bonaparte, the Legion of Honour is the highest award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France, regardless of the social status or the nationality of the recipients. The President of the Republic is the Grand Master of the Order of the Legion of Honour. A Grand Chancellor, who is the chairman of the Council of the Order, supervises its administrative services.

Origin

The Legion was established by law on May 19, 1802. In expressing his reasons for creating the Order, Napolean said, “It will remove all distinctions of nobility , which placed inherited glory above acquired glory and descendants of great men above great men.”

Ranks

This distinction has five ranks - Knight (Chevaliers), Officers, Commanders, Grand Officers and Grand Crosses. The Grand Officers and the Grand Crosses are known as the Dignitaries of the Order. Members are eligible for promotion after a certain number of years at each rank, but these requirements, too can be waived under extraordinary circumstances. Amitabh Bachchan has been directly conferred the rank of Officer of the Legion of Honour.

Description of the insignia

The medal is shaped like a five-sided double-pointed star, and is made of white enamel. It is encircled by a green wreath of oak and laurel leaves and surmounted by a smaller, similar wreath. The ribbon has always been in red moire silk.

About the film Penguins, A Love Story

Penguins, A Love Story is an Oscar winning tale of love and survival. The extraordinary French production has been directed by Luc Jacquet and has been shot in the ice deserts of Antarctica. The film is a remarkable and heart warming story of the arduous journey that Penguins undertake each winter for the survival of their young ones. Penguins, A Love Story is internationally the most successful French film. In India the film has been narrated in English and in Hindi by Amitabh Bachchan. Mr.Bachchan has given a lot of time and attention to his voice narration and it substantially adds to the film.
This will be the first French Film to be commercially released in India. Brought to India by Alliance Media and Entertainment and distributed by Adlabs Films Ltd, the film will be released in India in April, 2007.

Some famous personalities who have been awarded this honour include Steven Spielberg and Gérard Depardieu. In India, the renowned film director Satyajit Ray and sitar maestro Ravi Shankar are some of the famous Indian personalities who have been bestowed this honour.

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