Bollywood star Aamir Khan
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New Delhi: Thirty-seven of the
130 Padma awardees announced Tuesday are from the field of art.
These include theatre personalities Ebrahim Alkazi and Zohra Segal,
who have got the second highest civil honour the Padma Vibhushan, as
well as Bollywood star Aamir Khan and music maestro A.R. Rahman who
have got the Padma Bhushan.
enjoying unprecedented public acclaim with his hit film "3 Idiots",
has been conferred with Padma Bhushan, the nation's third highest
who struck gold at the box office with his latest outing "3 Idiots"
that grossed over Rs.375 crore at the worldwide box office, is
already a recipient of the Padma Shri.
Known as a
perfectionist, Aamir began his film career as a child actor in his
uncle Nasir Hussain's "Yaadon Ki Baraat" (1973) and then featured in
He made his debut
as full-fledged actor in Ketan Mehta's "Holi" (1984) however, he
achieved overnight stardom in 1988 with "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak".
He followed it up
with his first national award winning role in "Raakh" and successful
movies like "Dil" (1990), "Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin" (1991), "Jo Jeeta
Wohi Sikandar" (1992), "Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke" (1993), "Andaz Apna
Apna" (1994) and "Rangeela" (1995).
Khan continued to
act in just one or two films a year and still does the same. Other
hits of Aamir are "Raja Hindustani", "Ishq" and critically-acclaimed
"Ghulam", "Sarfarosh" and "Earth".
Vibhushan awardees also include mridangam artist Uamalaypuram K.
category, the Padma Bhushan awards, have gone to 14 people --
Bollywood icon Aamir Khan; composers Ilaiyaraja, Rahman and
Shrinivas Vinayak Khale; artists Akbar Padamsee and Ram Kumar;
dancers Kumundini Lakhia and Malika Sarabhai; vocalist Chhannulal
Mishra and musicians Madhusudan Amilal Dhaky, Kuzhur Narayana Marar,
Puttaraj Gavai, Sultan Khan, Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana.
The Padma Shri
awards have been given to 20 people, including Oscar winner Resul
Pokutty and actors Rekha and Saif Ali Khan.
The other awardees
are Arjun Prajapati, Arundhati Nag, Carmel Berkson, Ustad Wasifuddin
Dagar, Gul Bardhan, Haobam Ongbi Ngangbi Devi, Hari Uppal, K.
Raghavan, Guru Mayadhar Raut, Mukund Lath, Nemai Ghosh, Pandit
Raghunath Panigrahi, Rajkumar Achouba Singh, Ram Dayal Munda, Shobha
Raju, Sumitra Guha and Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar.
with inputs from IANS