On getting to know that the French Government had chosen to honour him with the Chevalier Award, actor Kamal Haasan thanked the Ambassador for France in India and dedicated this award to his admirers and audience.
Here’s what he said:”The French government has kindly conferred the Chevaliar Award for arts and letters on me. On this occasion, I bow before my more deserving forerunners, Mr Satyajit Ray and Mr Sivaji Ganeshan, who made even the common man realise the value of the Chevaliar Award . I thank his Excellency, the Ambassador for France in India, Mr Alexandre Zeigler, who initimated me of this honour.
“This award humbles me rather than stiffen me with pride. I realise my journey in my chosen field has not been alone. Teachers and admirers abounded around me. With motherly care, they have applauded my every little step forward. The melancholy of my parents not being alive to see this day is allied by the fact that the elders and the young are around in my family to enjoy it. I dedicate this award to my admirers and audience who give me the tenacity of purpose to pursue to this day and moment my arts and letters, Thank you!”