Kamal Haasan, Vidya Balan among Padma winners

While Kamal Haasan will be honoured with Padma Bhushan, Vidya Balan will receive Padma Shree award.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: January 26, 2014 8:55 am
Vidya Balan Kamal Haasan While Kamal Haasan will be honoured with Padma Bhushan, Vidya Balan will receive Padma Shree award.

Noted actor-director Kamala Haasan and classical singer Begum Parveen Sultana have been selected for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award this year, while Bollywood actors Vidya Balan and Paresh Rawal will receive Padma Shri.

Kamal Haasan in a career spanning more than five decades, has over 190 films to his credit, across genres and languages like Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

His most famous work is in Tamil cinema in films like ‘Moondram Pirai’ and ‘Nayagan’. Haasan, 59, has also given memorable hits in Bollywood like ‘Hey Ram’, ‘Sadma’, ‘Chachi 420’ and ‘Ek Duje Ke Liye’.

Sultana, 63, a classical singer of the Patiala Gharana, and well-known Tamil lyricist-writer Vairamuthu have also been chosen for Padma Bhushan, which is India’s third highest civilian award.

National award-winning actress Vidya Balan, 36, has been selected for Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award. She is known for portraying strong female protagonists in films like ‘Paa’, ‘Ishqiya’, ‘No One Killed Jessica’, ‘The Dirty Picture’ and ‘Kahaani’.

Veteran Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal, also a Padma Shri winner, has starred in films like ‘Road to Sangam’, ‘Oh My God’, ‘Hera Pheri’, ‘Sir’ and ‘Sardar’.

The list also includes Goa-based designer Wendell Rodricks, veteran Bengali actresses Sabitri Chatterjee, Supriya Devi and writer-director Sooni Taraporvala.

Taraporvala, a longtime collaborator of Mira Nair, haswritten the script of Oscar-nominated ‘Salaam Bombay’, ‘The Namesake’ and ‘Mississippi Masala’.

Also receiving the Padma Shri are eminent tabla player Vijay Ghate, theatre personality Bansi Kaul, filmmaker and cinematographer Santosh Sivan, theatre personality Mohammad Ali Baig, TV actress Nayana Apte Joshi, musician Musafir Ram Bhardwaj, Manipuri dancer Elam Endira Devi, Kathak dancer from Bengal Rani Karnaa, film animator Ram Mohan and dancer Kalamandalam Sathyabhama.

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    arun
    Jan 26, 2014 at 4:39 am
    Kamala Hasan deserves Padmavibhushan award. He is such a talented actor and he has contributed a lot for southern films as well as bollywood films for more than three decades. He should have been honoured much earlier if it is Padmashree.
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      Kartavya
      Feb 4, 2014 at 11:20 am
      There are people who didnt get Padma award (basic level) in 2013 and they received this year Directly an upper level Padmashri such as Nayana Apte Joshi who is family member of a person close to Sushilkumar Shinde in Maharashtra government offices in the past. Shinde Home Min.had pushed her name as theatre.
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        Kartavya
        Feb 4, 2014 at 11:20 am
        There are people who didnt get Padma award (basic level) in 2013 and they received this year Directly an upper level Padmashri such as Nayana Apte Joshi who is family member of a person close to Sushilkumar Shinde in Maharashtra government offices in the past. Shinde Home Min.had pushed her name as theatre.
        Reply