Hyde Park Entertainment founder and longtime producer Ashok Amritraj was awarded France’s Order National du Merite in a ceremony in Mumbai on Friday. The medal, the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, ,is bestowed in recognition of contributions to the arts in France and worldwide.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, presented the award as part of an official visit. His itinerary included events surrounding the audiovisual and film sectors.

Amritraj has produced more than 120 movies in a career he launched after a successful pro tennis career. His recent film credits include 99 Homes and Robert Rodriguez’s Machete and he’s worked with directors from Barry Levinson to James Ivory.

“I am humbled and privileged to receive this honor. I would like to thank the government of France for the Order National Du Merite and for recognizing my journey in the world of cinema,” Amritraj said in a statement. “This award is a tribute to the growing cooperation between the film industries of France and India, an idea whose time has come.”