Anurag Kashyap is to be made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), the highest Civilian honour granted by the French Government.
The Bombay Talkies director will be conferred the honour at a special ceremony on Monday (May 20) at the Cannes Film Festival, which is fast becoming one of Kashyap’s favourite haunts.
The French ambassador to India, Francois Richier, said: “Bestowing the insignia of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters on Anurag Kashyap, is a recognition of his artistic talent and career, and his notable efforts in the promotion of Indian cinema in the world.”
Kashyap is involved with a number of Indian films being screened at this year’s Festival, quite apart from ‘Bombay Talkies’, the anthology of short films marking the Bollywood Centenary and directed by Kashyap, Dibakar Bannerjee, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar.
‘Ugly’, directed by Kashyap will be screened as part of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, which last year featured the ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’.
The Kashyap-produced ‘Monsoon Shootout’ and ‘Lunch Box’ are also part of this year’s Indian roster at Cannes.
Previous honourees of the Order of the Arts and Letters include T S Eliot, Bob Dylan, Michael Caine, George Clooney, Shah Rukh Khan and Lata Mangeshkar.