National award-winning actress Vidya Balan is thrilled at being selected for the Padma Shri, saying it is a matter of “great pride” for her.
Dedicating the honour to her family, an emotionally overwhelmed she said, “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.”
Vidya Balan is known for portraying strong female protagonists in films like ‘Paa’, ‘Ishqiya’, ‘No One Killed Jessica’, ‘The Dirty Picture’ and ‘Kahaani’.
“To be receiving this honour from the government of my country is a matter of great pride for me and I dedicate this award to my family who make me, me!,” she went to add.
Veteran actor Paresh Rawal, who has also been honoured with Padma Shri, said he was happy that his hard work of so many years is being acknowledged.
“It is also the hardwork of so many people that has made me the actor I am today. Any award given to me by my country makes me happy,” he said.
The actor has starred in several films including some recent movies such as ‘Road to Sangam’, ‘Oh My God’, ‘Hera Pheri’, ‘Sir’ and ‘Sardar’.