Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee will be honoured with Padma Shri and he is filled with a sense of validation for his 25-year-long journey, announced on Friday (Jan 25).
In a conversation with local media, Manoj expressed his feelings and said, “All other awards are given for excellence in a role or a film. But Padma Shri is given for excellence in your journey. It’s not just about a film you have contributed to but through your art and craft the contribution you have made to the society. So, that’s a huge comment on the achievement of an artiste like me.”
He added, “I am not feeling any different from anybody, whose journey has been long and hard-earned. So, when you get such a civilian honour, you definitely get quite happy. You feel you did something good somewhere that you got it without being close to anybody.” “All the calls and messages I have been receiving since last night from friends, colleagues and fans… I feel people are very happy with this. They feel that they have won. So, each and everyone, who is associated with me, feels they are validated and that’s the biggest honour for me,” Manoj said.
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17 November, 2019