Acclaimed filmmaker Guneet Monga will 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. The BAFTA nominee is among the first producers from India to be inducted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
She is the founder of Sikhya Entertainment that 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.
In a collaborative effort to uplift Indian female content creators across the globe, Guneet 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 her.
Guneet 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.
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 names like Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Willis, amongst others.