Jamal Shah has received the prestigious Ordre des Arts et des Lettres or Order of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture. The award, established in 1957, “recognises eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world”. The Order of Arts and Letters is given out three times annually under the jurisdiction of the Minister of Culture and Communication.

The veteran actor had earlier shared the news on social media by sharing pictures of the letter. According to the letter, Shah was conferred the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.

“This award is given to personalities who have distinguished themselves by their creation in the artistic or literary fields or by the contribution they have made to the influence of the Art and Letters in France and around the world,” read the letter.


As per the letter, Shah is being honoured for his commitment to the Pakistani culture and bilateral corporation between the two countries.

Meanwhile, other recipients of the award include Marilyn Horne, Jim Jarmusch, Richard Meier, Robert Paxton, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, and Uma Thurman.