Acting legend Kamal Haasan has been conferred with the prestigious Chevalier de L’Ordre Arts et Lettres (The Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters).The award recognises eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.Kamal shares this distinction with another acting Stalwart Sivaji Ganesan, Satyajit Ray, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai.

The actor in a audio message he said

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. 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 abound around me. With motherly care they have applauded my every little step forward. The melancholy over 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

Kamal was congratulated by his dear friend Rajini on this occasion

Kamal is currently recuperating from a leg fracture and will start shoot of Sabash Naidu next month in Vizag.