Rani Mukerji

Rani Mukerji has been honored by the government of Mauritius with the Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI—Rani Mukerji was honored by the government of Mauritius with the Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award, as part of their run-up to the 50th year of Independence celebrations from British rule.

The honorable Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, conferred this award to Mukerji during the Mauritius Cinema Week, a special film festival that Mauritius is hosting currently. This festival is part of the buildup to its 50th year of Independence. The film festival saluted close cultural and historical ties to both India and France on the awards evening. Mukerji received the award along with popular French actress, Emmanuelle Beart.

Mukerji said, “I am humbled, thankful and proud that Mauritius has given me such honor and love with this Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award. Many of my films like ‘Bichhoo,’ ‘Hello Brother’ and ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ have been shot here. I love the pristine natural scenery and vibrant culture of Mauritius. I am thankful that those of Indian origin have given me such affection. We share a common history of colonialism and struggle for independence. In the years to come, I hope we also find common ground in our arts and cinema.”

The awards evening featured glimpses of classic Mauritian culture, and many dignitaries applauded Mukerji.

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