Mumbai: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan seems to be in news once again. The actress has been the talk of the town after her pregnancy became public. This was of course followed by her controversy related to Madhur Bhandarkar’s film Heroine. Now, Aishwarya seems to be taking the center stage again, as she is all set to be honoured with the prestigious Officer Dan Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres by the French Government in New Delhi tomorrow, thus becoming the first Asian actress and the youngest Indian to win the honour.
This distinction is conferred on people who have achieved immense recognition, because of their contribution in the fields of arts, culture or literature. The previous winners of this awards (which happens to be the second highest civilian award in France and an equivalent Padma Vibhushan), include the likes of Robert Redford, George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Shah Rukh Khan.
The news of Ash being the recipient of this award was publicly declared by the French daily ‘Le Figaro’, which stated that, “She (Ash) is one of the most famous Indian actors in this country and outside the borders of India. Aishwarya will be made Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, Wednesday, July 13, by the Ambassador of France in New Delhi, Jerome Bonnafont. According to a statement from the embassy, the ceremony will be attended by the family of the young woman in full.”
Not many know the fact that Ash, who had earlier too been offered this award, had refused it then due to her father’s health issues.