Indian movie star Amitabh Bachchan has been awarded France's highest civilian
honor, news reports said Sunday.
French Ambassador Dominique Girard presented the Legion d'Honneur to Bachchan
on Saturday evening at the embassy in New Delhi for his contribution to Indian
and international cultural life, The Times of India reported.
"It's not a personal achievement but that of Indian cinema," Bachchan said.
"The award also indicates that India has arrived forcefully on the global
The actor recently lent his voice to the Oscar-winning French documentary,
March of the Penguins, to be released in India in April.
He was accompanied Saturday by his wife Jaya and son Abhishek, also popular
movie actors, and Abhishek's fiancee actress Aishwarya Rai.
Bachchan, 64, known affectionately as the "Big B," first emerged as a movie
star in the 1970s. He has since acted in about 160 movies.