Anupam Kher on Padma Bhushan: I am humbled and feel a sense of responsibility towards my country

Expressing his happiness on receiving Padma Bhushan, Anupam Kher said: "I think this award reaffirms your faith that hard work and honesty always pays."

Written by Sonup Sahadevan | Mumbai | Updated: January 25, 2016 5:49 pm
Anupam Kher, Anupam Kher Padma Bhushan, Padma Bhushan Anupam Kher Anupam’I feel at the top of the world,’ exclaimed a joyous Anupam Kher as IndianExpress.com spoke to the veteran actor over phone, minutes after he was awarded India’s third highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan.

‘I feel at the top of the world,’ exclaimed a joyous Anupam Kher as IndianExpress.com spoke to the veteran actor over phone, minutes after he was awarded India’s third highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan.

Expressing his happiness, Anupam Kher said: “I am thankful to our country and people. I feel humbled. This is the best news of my life. In my 31 years of career in cinema spanning more than 500 films and 150 plays, I think this award reaffirms your faith that hard work and honesty always pays. I also feel also a sense of responsibility towards my country because when you are honoured like this it is your duty to deal with responsibility in a different manner.”

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When asked if he felt that he was honoured a bit late in his career, Anupam Kher said, “Being an Indian, I feel honoured every day. I am the son of a forest department clerk from a small town. Everything that has happened to me is an honour. I would have said yes it has come late had I been 90, but I have just started the second half of my innings. Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost.’

Also read: Rajinikanth awarded Padma Vibhushan; Padma Shri for Priyanka Chopra, Ajay Devgn

Anupam Kher also said that he was happy to see legend Rajinikanth also being honoured with Padma Vibhushan. “It’s fantastic. I am a fan of Rajini sir both as a person and as an actor. I am in august company and feel humbled about the same.”

Pics: Rajinikanth, Dhirubhai Ambani, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Complete list of Padma awardees 2015

Superstar Rajinkanth has been awarded Padma has been chosen for Padma Vibhushan, country’s second highest civilian award, this year.

Besides Anupam Kher, singer Udit Narayan, has also been chosen for Padma Bhushan. Actors Ajay Devgn and Priyanka Chopra get Padma Shri.

Also read: Udit Narayan on Padma Bhushan: I am speechless, it feels like a dream

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    FekuSarkar
    Jan 25, 2016 at 4:48 pm
    Award for being a puppet 'bali ka bakra' for Modi... I would prefer a death like Bhagat singh!! Than go anywhere near Modi or his policies!! Jai Bhim
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      FekuSarkar
      Jan 25, 2016 at 2:33 pm
      Feku Moody 😞🚾🚀 kala dhan, zumla party giving awards to their s.... Pawns!!! JAI bhim!!
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        FekuSarkar
        Jan 25, 2016 at 2:19 pm
        Good governance!! Nice one Feku, Fakr awards to all RSS gundas.... Next give one to khers wife and mom, also give to meat Shah, Meaty Irani and RSS.... WONDERFUL GOVERNMENT Feku Hawa Baj!!
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          FekuSarkar
          Jan 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm
          Villain in films and villain in real life too.. LICKING Boss`s ar$e. Why don't he has gut to stabd up for truth?? RSS product.... JAI bhim!!
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            Basant
            Jan 25, 2016 at 12:06 pm
            He is nothing but hire hatchet man for Modi. Next move is for rajya Sabah membership. biggest J##@ in Bollywood. next in line Ravina Tandon.
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              raj
              Jan 25, 2016 at 8:54 pm
              Go to Bheem very soon.
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                Sagar
                Jan 25, 2016 at 12:59 pm
                He got recognition for his Political Job, it's motivation for any Politician to be honoured by Padma Bhushan . Soon he Wil get Bharat Ratna
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                  Alab
                  Jan 27, 2016 at 8:00 am
                  My apologies to all Kher baiters. Ehete wrre you all when Kashmiri Pundits were thrown out (including Kher's family )? Where wrre you when misled Kashmir youtths raised ISIS and Flags ? Where were you when s killed and maimed dead bodies of our soliders ? Islam is, I repeat is a religroin of peace, but a few give it a bad name. Please, please go through his eallier statements. You will realise you are wrong. I am not a BJP but respects human values which regrettsbly is not demonstrated.
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                    babablacksheep
                    Jan 26, 2016 at 1:40 am
                    Hard work honesty and LOTS of chamchagiri, congrats anupam
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                      Balgit
                      Jan 25, 2016 at 3:08 pm
                      Anuapm Kher should feel ashamed, not humbled.
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                        Balgit
                        Jan 26, 2016 at 5:57 am
                        Lets take Ajay Devgan for instance. His recent movies are Himmatwala, Singham Returns, hey Bro, Action jackson, Son of Sardar,Rascals etc....Do they deserve award?
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                          Balgit
                          Jan 28, 2016 at 4:26 am
                          Nice job staying on the topic.
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                            Balgit
                            Jan 26, 2016 at 5:46 am
                            Padma awards are not for sympathisers. If there is a conflict of interest, The Govt should not involve in selection process. Consute a neutral selection panel, which does not change with the government.
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                              Balgit
                              Jan 25, 2016 at 4:50 pm
                              Since when did National awards meant - Hindi actors??? Anupam Kher, Ajay devgan, Priyanka . And since when did South of India meant Tamil nadu?
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                                Balgit
                                Jan 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm
                                What happened to party with a difference . Every state in India has distinguished actors and por ones. Why Anupam Kher? Why Ajay Devgan? Why Rajnikanth? Why pick only Times Now and India Today Media houses for awards? There are so many swamis- why only Ravishankar
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                                  Barb Dewyre
                                  Jan 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm
                                  Something to return when BJP is out of power
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                                    George
                                    Jan 25, 2016 at 4:31 pm
                                    i mean substandard
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                                      Kaliyug
                                      Jan 25, 2016 at 1:55 pm
                                      It is easy to confer the Patmabhusan than resettle the Kashmiri's back in Kashmir and giving them absolute greatest available security.
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                                        close observer
                                        Jan 26, 2016 at 7:07 am
                                        Lagge raho ANUPAM Bhai.... Now next mission PADMA BHIVUSAN and BHARAT RATNA.. You have only another 3.5 years.. do a hard work and puppet show...
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                                          Tait
                                          Jan 25, 2016 at 10:37 pm
                                          Of course it is not very difficult to understand how the prime molester insults you as did when Rohith's family excepted justice from this Prime molester and he brings injustice to our Indian politics and consution itself, by appointing a criminal Amit Shah as his Party's head for another term, an accused in series of crimes like murders, k!dnapping, conspiracy, ext0rtion, c0rruption and destruction, r!ots.
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                                            Tait
                                            Jan 25, 2016 at 10:30 pm
                                            This is not called waste but an insult to the higher civilian awards like Padma awards___________ How could you give such a prestigious award to a person who abused India while reacting to Aamir's concerns over growing intolerance. _________This hypocrite was the first to coin INTOLERANT INDIA from incredible India to prove his bootlicker instincts to Modi.
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