The 'Sonchiriya' actor Manoj Bajpai was conferred the prestigious Padma Shri award by President Ramnath Kovind, in a ceremony held in New Delhi on the 16th of March. One of the finest actors in the industry, Bajpai was nominated for the award back in January, for which he said he was happy no one abused him over social media upon being nominated.
“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 one has created controversy when my name was announced. As one of the awardees of Padma Shri Award so, I am really happy and it's a good thing that when you get an honour nobody has raised objections against it,” Bajpai told a popular news agency.
Dressed in a traditional attire, Bajpai was full of gratitude and happiness upon receiving the award by the president. It's about time veteran actors get recognised for the dedication and hard work they've put in to give the industry some good quality content and we're glad Bajpai who is amongst the finest to have received it.16 March 2019
Also present on the occasion were other Padma Shri awardees like cricketer Gautam Gambhir and Nambi Narayan, a renowned scientist who will soon have a biopic in his name called 'Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, featuring R. Madhavan.
Earlier, in an interview with a popular publication, Manoj had said being recognised by the government meant a lot to him as his work and dedication finally found meaning.
“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 artist like me,” Manoj was quoted in an interview with a popular publication.
Be it 'Gangs of Wasseypur' or even 'Satya', the man has shown us he is one of the best actors the industry has today and he carries forth his dedication toward cinema with ease. The last movie the actor did was 'Sonchiriya', which is a dacoit drama. Although the movie wasn't a success at the box office, it surely did win over the critics.
For now, Bajpai's huge fan base, including Bollywood celebrities, are cheering for him and tweeting some good wishes his way.
ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ð¤ Mubarak ho sir !!!— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) 16 March 2019
Jawani aa gayi hai kaafi.. mubarak ho bhaisahab— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) 16 March 2019
Kudos Kudos Kudos my friend!!! ððððð— KayKay Menon (@kaykaymenon02) 16 March 2019
Wow! Congratulations sir! This was very well-deserved and long overdue!— Mihir Bijur (@MihirBijur) 16 March 2019
Sir u increased the glory of champaran.
Thanx for ur being a champarani.
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Well deserved .... congratulations sir ...ðð— Arun Pandey (@arun06_pandey) 16 March 2019
Badhai ho bhai saab— Sarojpkr (@sarojpkr) 16 March 2019
This year 112 personalities were shortlisted for the Padma Shri. The first set were presented the award on March 11 where 56 personalities received them. The next 56 got the award on the 16th Of March. Well, this is probably the best year for Bajpai so far and we wish to see him in more pivotal and off-beat roles. He will be seen in a Netflix original film called 'Dhaka', releasing soon. The film will also star Randeep Hooda, Chris Hemsworth, Pankaj Tripathi and David Harbour playing main characters.
Here's a big fat congratulations for the multifaceted and extremely talented actor and we hope his contribution towards cinema never falls short!