Riding high on the remarkable success of her recent hit ‘Pagglait’, acclaimed filmmaker Guneet Monga to be conferred with the honour of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans I’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), the second highest civilian French honour.
Guneet Monga an Indian film producer, is a BAFTA nominee and amongst the first Indian producers to be inducted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her Sikhya Entertainment has been at the helm of pushing content-driven cinema with films like ‘The Lunchbox’, ‘Masaan’, ‘What will people say’, ‘Soorarai Pottaru’, ‘Haramkhor’, ‘Peddlers’ and Oscar Winning Short Film Documentary – ‘Period, End of Sentence’ to name a few. Guneet Monga is one of the most renowned filmmakers not just in India but across the globe, symbolising the victory of content with her projects.
In a collaborative effort to uplift Indian female content creators across the globe, Guneet Monga co-founded the cinema collective-Indian Women Rising which aided the run of the critically acclaimed short film ‘Bittu’ at the Oscars.
Honouring the varied accomplishments of the young filmmaker barring the geographical boundaries with content that resonates with audience beyond the demographical bounds, the French Consulate has decided to offer the title to Guneet Monga. Guneet Monga would be felicitated at a ceremony in Delhi on the 13th April, 2021 by the Ambassador of France to India, on behalf of the French authorities.
Celebrating the diverse range of work by Guneet Monga, the prestigious distinction is a mark of appreciation for her invaluable contribution to the world cinema.
Earlier, Indian Celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Nandita Das, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Anurag Kashyap, Kalki Koechlin, amongst others have been felicitated by the honour, along with international biggies like Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Willis, amongst others.