Producer, Guneet Monga was honored with the title of the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters at the Residence of France for her contribution to world cinema.

Producer Guneet Monga was awarded the second-highest civilian French honor of ‘Chevalier dans I’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Dria on Tuesday. The founder of Sikhya Entertainment has made India proud on the global scale with her Academy award-winning short, ‘Period. End of Sentence.’ She is also known for giving Indian and world cinema incredible films like The Lunchbox, Masaan, Gangs of Wasseypur, and Pagglait.

Monga was given the honor of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters at the Residence of France for her contribution to world cinema through her Indo-French productions. Via her production company, Sikhya Entertainment, she has backed and headed several Indo-French productions which became highly acclaimed. The film list includes names like “The Lunchbox”, 2015 drama “Masaan”,”Taj Mahal”, “Peddlers”, “Gangs of Wasseypur”, and “Monsoon Shootout”. Her recently produced film, “Pagglait” on Netflix has done wonders.

Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France awards these rewards to contributors across the globe. But they do so under three categories- Commandeur, Officier and Chevalier. Previously honoured names include Hollywood star, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bruce Willis, who have been awarded the Commandeur title. Indian actors, Shah Rukh Khan, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have won the Officier title. While pop-star Shakira, actor Kamal Hassan, and actor-filmmaker Nandita Das are the former recipients of the Chevalier title.

Guneet recently joined hands with Ekta Kapoor and Tahira Kashyap to start the film production collective – Indian Women Rising. The aim of this cinema collective is to give voice to female filmmakers.

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