I know that bollywood usually makes real woozy movies but over the last few years the industry has started to make a real comeback. And one of the prominent actors participating in this resurgence is the legend Amitabh Bachchan. The doyen of Indian cinema. He made a comeback into cinema more out of need than practice his art but, wow, what a comeback. He gave his best performances since the 70s and early 80s. In 1999 he was named the greatest star of the millennium beating the likes of De Niro and Lawrence Olivier. And now he has another feather in his cap :
Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan has been awarded France’s highest civilian honour, the Legion d’Honneur.
The award was presented to the actor at a function at the French embassy in the Indian capital, Delhi.
Ambassador Dominique Girard said it was in recognition of the “quality and height of his achievement”.
Bachchan topped a 1999 BBC News website poll to find the greatest star of the millennium, beating the likes of Marlon Brando and Charlie Chaplin.
The actor’s career spans almost 40 years. He has acted in more than 140 movies.
Describing him as a “towering Indian personality” and the “number-one actor of Indian cinema”, Ambassador Girard said the award “brings him [Bachchan] into the international legion of world’s greatest artistes”.
In 2000, Bachchan became the first Bollywood star to have a wax statue at Madame Tussaud’s museum in London.
The Legion d’Honneur was instituted in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.
Among those who have received the award in the past are Hollywood director Steven Spielberg and French actor, Gerard Depardieu.