Apart from Manoj Bajpayee, the Padma Shri Award list includes the names of late Bollywood actor Kader Khan and dancer-filmmaker Prabhudeva. Manoj will be seen in Son Chiriya soon
Manoj Bajpayee, who has been giving commendable performances in Bollywood from the time of film Satya to Aligarh will be conferred with Padma Shri award by the government soon.
The actor whose name has been added in the award list on Republic Day said that he is really happy that no one has abused him on social media platforms after his name was announced for the most coveted award of the country.
In all, 113 people will receive the Padma awards this year. Apart from Manoj Bajpayee, the list includes the names of late Bollywood actor Kader Khan and dancer-filmmaker Prabhudeva.
During the recent media interaction in Mumbai, Manoj Bajpayee said that he thinks that he is an exception in that way.
”There have been quite a few instances in the recent past when people have criticised the government’s choice on social media when it comes to conferring Padma awards to a particular individual,” said Manoj Bajpayee in a statement to IANS.
When asked about his feelings to get his name announced for Padma Shri, Manoj Bajpayee said, “My friends, relatives and followers are very happy with it. I have observed that till now, no one has abused me on social media and no controversy has been created when my name was announced.”
So, I think it is a good thing that when you get an honour nobody has raised objections against it,” Bajpayee added.
The actor who is a recipient of two National Awards and several other accolades before got this news from Anupam Kher. According to the actor, when Anupam Kher told him about it before sleeping in the night, he said he got freezed.
Manoj said, “I didn’t know how to react on this news because I wasn’t expecting that something like this is going to happen.”
”He must be wondering why I didn’t respond in a joyful manner because honestly, I didn’t understand how to react to it,” Manoj Bajpayee said to IANS.
Manoj has worked in several critically acclaimed films including Aligarh, Gangs of Wasseypur, Satya, Kaun, Shool, Zubeidaa, Rajeneeti, LOC Kargil and Veer Zaara among others.
He will now be seen in the upcoming film Son Chiriya starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Ranvir Shorey, and other actors.
Talking about Son Chiriya, Bajpayee said, “I think we have made a really good film in form of Son Chiriya. I have been a huge admirer of Abhishek Chaubey’s (director) work and I feel fortunate to work with him.”
When asked about his role in the film, he said, ”I have played a small role in the film but it’s a really good role which he has offered to me. I hope the audience appreciate my role in the film.”
Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, Son Chiriya is a crime thriller set in the location of Chambal. The film is set to hit the screens in March this year.