Veteran Bengali film actor Soumitra Chatterjee has been conferred with the highest French civilian honour, the Legion d’Honneur. Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler will be in Kolkata to present the honour.
- It is to be noted that, exactly 30 years ago, Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray was awarded the Legion of Honor by then French President Francois Mitterrand in 1987.
Brief Biography of Soumitra Chatterjee:
- Soumitra Chatterjee was born on January 19, 1935 in erstwhile Bengal Presidency of British India.
- ‘Apur Sansar’ which released in 1959 was his debut film.
- He is well known for his work in films directed by renowned director Satyajit Ray. He worked in 14 films directed by Satyajit Ray, which include his debut film “Apur Sansar” and other famous films such as “Abhijan”, “Charulata”, “Aranyer Din Ratri”, “Ashani Sanket” etc.
- Soumitra Chatterjee is inspired by French novelists and playwrights Honore de Balzac and Emile Zola.
- Iconic French filmmaker Francois Roland Truffaut is his favourite.
- Earlier, Chatterjee has been conferred with the Commandeur de l’ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. It is France’s highest award for artists.
- In 2004, he was conferred Padma Bhushan award by Government of India.
- He won Dada Saheb Phalke Award (India’s highest award for cinema) in year 2012.
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee and other renowned personalities of Bengali cinema congratulated Soumitra Chatterjee for this honour.
About Legion of Honour:
- Legion of Honour is France’s highest civilian award.
- It was established in year 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.
- It was first awarded in year 1803.