Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was conferred the prestigious The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Insignia of Officer in the Order of Arts and Literature) by the French government, on Sunday night.
The French ambassador to India, Jerome Bonnafont, conferred the title on Shah Rukh after the inauguration of the first Rendezvous with French Cinema festival at Andheri, a northwestern suburb of Mumbai.
"Entertainment is something where one cannot be selfish, as it is purely for others," SRK said after receiving the award.
He said he was in this field only to entertain the audience. He also added jokingly that he loves the manner in which romance is depicted in French movies!
Shah Rukh Khan - who had a good year in 2007 with runaway hits Chak De! India and Om Shanti Om - was presented the award in recognition of his 15-year-career in the Indian film industry, one of the biggest in the world.
The Order of Arts et Lettres - created in 1957 - is one of the four Ministerial Honours of the French republic, and was established to reward artists, who have gained fame for their works in the field of arts and literature, and have promoted these fields.
Shah Rukh Khan is now in the august company of other recepients which include Indian director Adoor Gopalakrishnan, author Arundhati Roy, singer David Bowie and Bob Dylan, Hollywood actors George Clooney, Leonardo Di Caprio and Clint Eastwood.
Bollywood Buzz congratulates Shah Rukh Khan :o)