Veteran actor Kamal Haasan and shining lady of Bollywood, Vidya Balan picked up their Padma Honours from the President of India in a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 31st.
Vidya Balan was honoured with a Padma Shri while Kamal was honoured with a Padma Bhushan Award. Balan was elated being chosen for such a coveted medal, and said that this was a matter of great pride for her.
“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, while taking the honour. After portraying some strong role in films like Paa, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture and Kahaani, Vidya proved that she was an actor of the mettle, sans the size zero and ultra-glam overriding.
Kamal Haasan, who was honoured with a Padma Bhushan, was recognized for his life’s work and contribution to Indian Cinema. “Proud to be an Indian. India is a country with great talents in various any fields. While legions await to be honoured, I am honoured that I have been chosen for Padma Bhushan by my government” he said.
Kamal’s much celebrated daughter, Shruti Haasan tweeted – “ I’m such a proud daughter today!!! Congratulations Bapuji!!”