Filmmaker Arun Chidambaram said, "We never expected this. It's a great recognition. It's purely by merit." The Remi Award has the distinction of recognising great talent and Arun is in good company. Previous recipients include George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, the Coen Brothers and Ang Lee
George Lucas entered the pantheon of US cultural icons on December 6 as he received a prestigious Kennedy Center Lifetime Artistic Achievement award. President Barack Obama said that the filmmaker was "at the vanguard of the New Hollywood, blending genres and combining timeless themes with cutting-edge technology"