Jan 2, 2007

2006 Indian of the year: Amitabh

Indians recently voted Amitabh as an Indian of 2006. This was his second time in a row. Amitabh like most of the Bollywood celebrities live in Mumbai. Amitabh has a residence in mumbai suburb called Juhu.

Here's his picture in hit movie Deewaar (A Wall).

Amitabh made his mark playing an "Angry young man". Mumbai is called a place where there are no oppressed minorities -- only a deprived majority. It is no surprise that people identified with the "Angry Young Man" making him the first true superstar.

Amitabh Bachchan was conferred with the Officer de la Legion d'Honneur, the highest French decoration, at a glittering ceremony at the French Embassy here on Saturday night.

Bachchan was awarded the honour in recognition of his contribution to Indian cinema and international cultural life.

Ambassador of France to India Dominique Girard presented the award to Bachchan in the presence of his wife Jaya, son Abhishek and future daughter-in-law-to-be Aishwarya Rai.

Bachchan said he was overwhelmed by the honour bestowed on him by the French Government.

Six years ago, he became the first Indian movie actor to be exhibited in wax at Madame Tussaud's museum in London. In recognition of his popularity, french perfume-maker Lomani has also named a fragrance, "Amitabh B" after him.

The Légion d'honneur (officially Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur) is a French order established by Napoléon Bonaparte, First Consul of the First Republic, on May 19, 1802. It is the premier order of France, and its award is therefore considered a great distinction.

The order has five classes:

Grand-Croix (Grand Cross): Formerly grande décoration, grand aigle or grand cordon, wears the badge on a sash on the right shoulder, plus the star on the left chest.

Grand Officier (Grand Officer): Wears the badge on a ribbon with rosette on the left chest, plus the star on the right chest.

Commandeur (Commander): Formerly commandant, wears the badge on a necklet.

Officier (Officer): Wears the badge on a ribbon with rosette on the left chest.

Chevalier (Knight): Formerly légionnaire, wears the badge on a ribbon on the left chest.