Adnan Sami is a surprise winner. Veteran actress Sarita Joshi and veteran singer Suresh Wadkar are among the popular winners of the Padma Shri award.
By Mayur Lookhar
The Ministry of Home Affairs unveiled the list of Padma Awards winners for the year 2020. From the entertainment world the likes of Kangana Ranaut, Karan Johar, Suresh Wadkar, Sarita Joshi, Ekta Kapoor and strangely even Adnan Sami got a Padma Shri Award.
Bollywood fans will cheer the Padma Shri given to Ranaut, Johar, Ekta Kapoor and Suresh Wadkar.
“I’m humbled and I’m honored. I thank my country for this recognition and I dedicate this to every woman who dares to dream. To every daughter, to every mother, and to the dreams of women who will shape the future of our country.,” Ranaut said in a statement.
Having made her debut in 2006 with Mahesh Bhatt’s Gangster, Ranaut has starred in over 35 films. Ranaut is also the recipient of three National Film Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Fashion (2008) and Best Actress for Queen (2014) and Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015).
Johar has propelled his legacy studio Dharma Productions into one of the most successful production houses in the country. Johar has also directed successful films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hain , Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham , My Name is Khan . Over the last two decades, he has also successfully hosted the chat show Koffee With Karan.
“It’s not very often that I’m at a loss for words, but this is one such occasion. The Padma Shri. Such an honour to receive one of the highest civilian awards in the country. Overwhelmed by so many emotions right now. Humbled, elated and also thankful for the opportunity to live my dream everyday, to create and to entertain. I know my father would be proud and I wish he was here to share this moment with me. #blessed,” Johar posted on Twitter.
Veteran actor Jeetendra’s daughter Ekta Kapoor, too, has shone as a producer in television and films. Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms is one of the giants of Indian television.
Veteran actress Sarita Joshi (78) started her career as a child artiste at the age of six and has since spent over six decades doing theatre, Gujarati, Hindi films. and TV shows.
National Award winning filmmaker Manmohan Mahapatra was among those who has been honored with the Padma Shri posthumously
Among other winners of the Padma Shri are veteran Tollywood actor Chalapathi Rao and veteran multi-lingual singer Suresh Wadkar.
One surprise winner is singer, musician Adnan Sami. The London-born Pakistani origin singer doesn’t have a great volume of work to show in Bollywood or Indian music industry. Sami though has been staying in India for the last 15 years and got the Indian citizenship last year. He has been a vocal critic of Pakistan army, its military-backed government and the extremist forces.
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