On October 28 in Mumbai, the French government and the Counsel General of France to India will bestow the prestigious ‘Chevalier Des Arts et des Lettres’ upon Bollywood actress Richa Chadha. This momentous occasion recognizes her exceptional contributions to the world of cinema, arts, and fashion, placing her alongside remarkable personalities such as Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Oscar winner Guneet Monga.
Richa Chadha to receive prestigious French Award for contributions to global cinema after Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Richa Chadha, coming from a modest family of educators, has established herself as a remarkable presence in the entertainment industry. Throughout her decade-long career, she has collaborated with esteemed filmmakers such as Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Neeraj Ghaywan, Mira Nair, Dibakar Bannerjee, and Anurag Kashyap, starring in iconic films. Her filmography includes internationally acclaimed movies like the Indo-French production Masaan, which received two awards at the Cannes Film Festival.
Notably, she recently achieved the milestone of being part of a 100 crore film with Fukrey 3. Richa Chadha was also a jury member at the Marrakech Film Festival chaired by the legendary Francis Ford Coppola. She made her production debut with Girls Will Be Girls, a collaboration between India and France under the official co-production treaty.
Richa Chadha’s influence extends beyond the silver screen as she has emerged as a powerful advocate for women’s rights and empowerment. She has established The Undercurrent Lab, a unique cinema lab supported by Berlinale and ARRI, which provides training to women in the film industry as gaffers. Furthermore, she has been at the forefront of transitioning to OTT platforms, playing a significant role in India’s first-ever OTT series, Inside Edge, which received a nomination at the prestigious International Emmy Awards.
Expressing her gratitude, Richa stated, “Being recognized by the French government and the Counsel General of France to India with the prestigious ‘Chevalier Des Arts et des Lettres’ award is truly overwhelming and humbling. To share this honor with legends like Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan embodies the power of storytelling and the ability of cinema to bridge cultures and societies. My journey in the film industry has been a roller-coaster ride filled with challenges, triumphs, and invaluable lessons.”
She added, “This honor is not just a personal achievement but a testament to the collective efforts of everyone who believed in my vision, from my family and friends to my mentors and collaborators. It reaffirms my belief that storytelling knows no boundaries, and as an artist, I have a responsibility to contribute meaningfully to the global dialogue. I am grateful to the French government and the Counsel General of France to India for this recognition, which motivates me to strive for excellence and make a positive impact on the world through my work.”
The ceremony, taking place during the upcoming MAMI film festival, will be a celebration of Richa Chadha’s remarkable journey and her significant influence on the global stage.
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