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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 9 June: FRENCH government has decided to confer the Legion of Honour on ace Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee for his outstanding contribution to film and theatre.

Legion of Honour is the highest civilian and military award in French, and Chatterjee will be the 33rd Indian to be conferred with the honour.

Prior to him, those from the film and cultural fraternity in India to have received the honour are ~ Satyajit Ray (1987), Sivaji Ganeshan (1995), Pandit Ravi Shankar (2000), Amitabh Bacchan (2007), Shahrukh Khan (2014), and Kamal Hassan (2016).

As regards the Bengalis, 82-year-old Chatterjee, is the fifth personality to have been selected for the Legion of Honour. Apart from Satyajit Ray and Ravi Shankar, Chandannagore resident late Durga Charan Rakshit (1896) and educationist Bikas Chandra Sanyal (2007) were conferred the honour.

French government representatives will come over to Kolkata some time later this year and confer the Legion of Honour on Chatterjee, who is known for his superb acting skills both in films and on stage. “I am feeling greatly honoured,” he said in his first reaction to the news.