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France honours Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Plus: Shah Rukh Khan turns 47; Sharma to reunite with Patel and Deol

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan received a civilian award from France. Yves Herman / Reuters
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan received a civilian award from France. Yves Herman / Reuters

France honours Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was honoured by France on Thursday, her birthday, with a prestigious civilian award for her contribution to the arts. The ambassador François Richier conferred the honour of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters on Rai Bachchan at a hotel in Mumbai. "This prestigious distinction comes in recognition of her invaluable contribution to the world of cinema and the development of Indo-French cooperation in cinema, art, and culture," a statement from the French embassy said. Rai Bachchan, who turned 39 on Thursday, took the Miss World crown in 1994 and made her acting debut in the late 1990s, going on to become one of the most famous Bollywood faces abroad as well as in India. Reports said Rai Bachchan was supposed to receive her French award in 2009, but the honour was postponed because her father was ill. It was then rescheduled for 2011 and was again put off due to the Mumbai bombings. In September, she was named as an ambassador for the United Nations Aids agency, which tasked her with raising awareness to prevent HIV among children. - AFP

Shah Rukh Khan turns 47

The Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who turned 47 on Friday, says he is more than satisfied with his successful film career. "I never had big dreams and I just wanted to work hard and be accepted and act in films. I got more than what I had wanted. I will not do anything to tarnish this happiness," Khan told reporters at his birthday celebration in his Mumbai home. "I'm just an actor who does his job and gets paid for it. I just pray that the amount of love and happiness which I have received continues." The actor added: "I'm not one for big birthday celebrations. This party for the press has become a tradition. Other than this, friends come and visit. I'm happy other people are also happy for me on my birthday. It is very touching." - IANS

Sharma to reunite with Patel and Deol

The filmmaker Anil Sharma is bringing Ameesha Patel and Sunny Deol back together for a movie after their 2001 hit Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. The new action-comedy project, titled Singh Sahab - The Great, will begin shooting at the end of the month, he announced. "It's a 50-day shoot until January. We're planning to shoot in Bhopal and Indore," said Sharma, who added that he's confident the chemistry between the two leads will work in favour of the movie. "Sunny and Ameesha look good together. They both got good reviews for their chemistry in Gadar and I am sure they will recreate the same magic for this film." - IANS