Award-winning filmmaker Guneet Monga will receive France’s second highest civilian honor – the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres). This honor has already been bestowed on Hollywood stars like Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bruce Willis. Looking forward to his recent success with Pagglait d’Umesh Bist with Sanya Malhotra, this is another proud moment for Monga.
She founded the production company Sikhya Entertainment in 2008, which produced several critically acclaimed projects like That Girl in Yellow Boots, The Lunchbox, Masaan, Monsoon Shootout and the Oscar-winning documentary Period, End of Sentence.
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Guneet has always been a pioneer not only in India but also internationally, she was one of the first Indian producers to be inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an organization committed to advancing the arts. His film The Lunchbox was also nominated for “Best Non-English Language Film” at the BAFTA and “Best Feature” at the Dubai International Film Festival, making it a popular name.
Monga co-founded the film collective “ Indian Women Rising ” with Ekta Kapoor and Tahira Kashyap with the aim of supporting female content creators in India and this collective. who helped the critically acclaimed short film ‘Bittu’ by executive producer Karishma Dev Dube, who was shortlisted for the Oscars.
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The French consulate has decided to offer the title Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters to Guneet Monga for his various achievements that transcend geographic and demographic boundaries. Monga will be congratulated by the French Ambassador to India during a ceremony in Delhi on April 13, 2021. Other Indian celebrities who have received this honor are Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Nandita Das, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia , Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Koechlin.
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