Actress Nandita Das has been conferred with the Chevalier title (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters), one of the highest civilian awards of France, for her contribution to the development of Indo-French cooperation in cinema.
The actress, known for her performances in films like “Fire”, “Earth” and “Bawander”, Friday received the award from French Ambassdor Jerome Bonnafont at a ceremony held at France Consulate in Delhi.
Nandita has acted in Tamil films, Azhagi, Kannatthil Muthamitaal and Vishwa Tulsi.
After staying in front of the camera and proving her mettle as an actress, Nandita went behind the camera in 2008 to direct “Firaaq”, a political thriller on the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Nandita on this honour said, “Every time I receive an award it brings an element of surprise. It makes me feel fortunate to get recognised for the work that I love doing.
I had received the letter three years back, but somehow due to commitments, the ceremony got so delayed. But I feel more than happy today because I have my eight-month-old son also in my arms, who saw his mom getting the honour”.
Nandita also received recognition at the film festivals of Santa Monica (2001), Cairo (2002), and Madrid (2007). In 2005, she served as a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival.