French Government Honours Producer Ashok Amritraj With Order National du Merite
The Order of Merit is part of France’s premier award, the Legion of Honor, and is awarded “to recognize eminent artists as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world"
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Already the most famous Indian producer in Hollywood, Hyde Park Entertainment founder Ashok Amritraj was conferred with the French distinction of Order National du Merite awarded by the President of the French Republic on Friday, December 14th.
At a ceremony in Mumbai, Amritraj was presented with the Knight of the Order of Arts and of Letters (Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) medal. Minister of External Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian and France’s ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler, presided.
The Order of Merit is part of France’s premier award, the Legion of Honor, and is awarded “to recognize eminent artists as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.”
Amritraj enjoyed a successful professional tennis career prior to establishing Hyde Park in 1999. He has produced over 100 movies in the span of his 30 year career.
In 2016, Amritraj was recognized by the United Nations for his role as a committed agent of change in his native country. Amritraj was appointed by U.N. India as its first Goodwill Ambassador for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including poverty and hunger alleviation, improvements in water and sanitation, and promoting gender equality.
“I am humbled and privileged to receive this honor. I would like to thank the government of France for the Order National Du Merite and for recognizing my journey in the world of cinema,” said Amritraj. “This award is a tribute to the growing cooperation between the film industries of France and India, an idea whose time has come.”