Vidya Balan has been added to the list of the actors who have been honored by the Government of India with the Padma Awards; when she was given the Padma Shri Award this year. Vidya, who has broken all stereotypes by acting in bold roles in films like The Dirty Picture, Ishqiya and Kahaani, is very excited and happy.
“I’m thrilled. I’m overjoyed. I’m overwhelmed. I’m honoured. I’m humbled…! I’m running out of words to express my feelings and gratitude,” she said.
Paresh Rawal, the master actor who has done iconic roles in many films, was also awarded the Padma Shri Award. We think this is a delayed award for an actor of his level. He should have been awarded that a long time ago. However, better late than never.
The South Indian superstar Kamal Haasan, who holds the record for having won the highest number of Filmfare awards and also the record for having the highest number of films to be selected as our country’s official entry to the Oscars, was honored with the Padma Bhushan award; which is India’s third highest civilian award.