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    France honours Kamala Haasan with top French award 

    If there is one reason for Tamil Nadu movie fans to thank the Tamils of Sri Lanka it is for their love of Tamil Cinema. It is because of the settling of asylum seekers of Sri Lankan origin in France and other countries in Europe that those Governments have heard of our cinema industry. Recently the French government has decided to honour Kamal Hassan with the award ‘The Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’. If not for Sri Lankan Tamils they would not have known about the existence of this fine actor. The Sri Lankan Tamils regularly imported Kollywood movies into France. Of course the French are very knowledgeable when it comes to international cinema as earlier they have given the same award to Satyajit Ray and Sivaji Ganesan. It is only because of these two Indians that this great honour from French government is even recognized in Tamil Nadu. Let’s hope the actors of today will also measure up to the high standards set by Sivaji Ganesan and Kamal Haasan.

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