In recognition

Rajesh Khanna

Padma honours for Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Sridevi, Nana Patekar and Ramesh Sippy among others

The names for Padma honours, India's civilian awards, were announced on the eve of the Republic Day. This year, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has given consent to confer Padma Awards to 108 awardees and the list comprises four Padma Vibhushan, 24 Padma Bhushan and 80 Padma Shri honour that will be given to the recipients at the ceremonial function to be held around March-April.

Known as India's first superstar, Rajesh Khanna who starred in films like Aradhana, Amar Prem, Anand and Safar, to name a few, has been posthumously named for Padma Bhushan, the country's third highest civilian honour. Late Jaspal Bhatti, a popular satirist who made a mark with television shows, Ulta Pulta and Flop Show will also receive the Padma Bhushan honour posthumously.

Veteran actor Sharmila Tagore has also been named for Padma Bhushan. With a vast body of work including successes like Kashmir Ki Kali, An Evening In Paris, Mausam and Chupke Chupke, Tagore has also presided over the Central Board of Film Certification (known as the censor board) as the Chairperson from 2004 to 2011. She says, "I was not expecting it. It is a great honour and I am very happy." Interestingly, her late husband and cricketer, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and actor-son Saif Ali Khan have been recipients of the Padma Shri award. Commenting on the honours received by her family, she says, "We respect the National honours. It feels very nice when the President recognises your work."

Famous producer Dr D Ramanaidu, who has made films in 11 different languages including Hindi films like Anari, Tohfa and Prem Qaidi, has been honoured with the Padma Bhushan award.

The Padma Shri awardees include Sridevi who made a stellar comeback last year with English Vinglish, Nana Patekar who has given memorable performances in films like Parinda and Krantiveer and versatile film-maker Ramesh Sippy who helmed the blockbuster Sholay. Veteran playback singer Sudha Malhotra, who sang in films from the 50s, like Arzoo, Barsaat Ki Raat and Raj Kapoor's Prem Rog and renowned Urdu poet and song writer Nida Fazli who has penned famous songs like Aa bhi jaa (Sur) and Hoshwaalon ko khabar kya from Sarfarosh have also received Padma Shri honours. Veteran Telugu director Lakshmi Narayana Sathiraju aka Bapu, P Madhavan Nair alias Madhu, a prominent actor of Malayalam cinema and fashion designer Ritu Kumar are also the recipients of the Padma Shri honour.

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