PADMA AWARDS DECLARED FOR THIS YEAR: P V SINDHU, KANGANA RANAUT, AND KARAN JOHAR AMONG THOSE HONOURED
09 November 2021
The ceremony of honouring Padma awardees was held in New Delhi on Monday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The awards were presented by President Ram Nath Kovind. Among those awarded this year is actress Kangana Ranaut, badminton player PV Sindhu, director and producer Karan Johar and many others. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Amit Shah and S Jayashakar were present at the function as attendees. This year, 140 Padma Awards were presented by the President for the two years, out of which there are 7 Padma Vibhushan, 16 Padma Bhushan and 122 Padma Shri. 29 of this year’s awardees are women, 16 Posthumous awardees and 1 transgender awardee.
Harekala Habba, of the Dakshina Kannada district, an orange seller and a social activist was awarded the Padma Shri for starting a school with his meagre earnings. “This award belongs to all those who helped in building the school. The government schools are, in no way, inferior to private schools,” he said, urging students to study in government-run schools. He wore his signature dhoti, white shirt and walked barefoot to receive the award. Among those posthumously awarded are former finance minister Arun Jaitley, former External affairs minister and long time BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, singer S P Balasubramanyam, former union minister, trade unionist and socialist George Fernandez, Bangladeshi Diplomat Syed Muazzem Ali, etc.
Bollywood too took home their honours with actress Kangana Ranaut who was presented with the Padma Shri. “I started my journey from a small village in Himachal Pradesh, and for me to be in the same league as these bigwigs we have grown up watching, whether it is Karan’s films or Ekta Kapoor’s serials… We knew these people, growing up. And who has not heard Adnan Sami ji’s songs? For a girl like me, to get a Padma Shri alongside them is a matter of pride,” she said. “Humbled and overwhelmed”, said producer Ekta Kapoor who was also awarded the Padma Shri, she tweeted, “Through the years I’ve realised it’s never ‘too soon’ to live out your dreams and being ‘too young’ is probably the best thing. Today, as I’m conferred with the 4th highest civilian honour- ‘Padma Shri’, I’m humbled.” Director and Producer Karan Johar were among the main winners from Bollywood this year. “Today felt surreal! I am honoured and humbled that the prestigious Padma Shri Award was bestowed on me… Thank you so much for all your wishes and the abundance of love!”, he tweeted expressing his joy. Music composer Adnan Sami who was awarded said, “I dedicate this to my father-mother. It’s not only an honour but also a responsibility, which I’ll try to carry out well”. Badminton superstar and Olympian PV Sindhu received the Padma Bhushan this year for her outstanding contributions to Indian sports. “It is a proud moment. I am thankful to the Government of India,” she said on being honoured. Other major winners from sports were boxer Mary Kom who was conferred with Padma Vibhushan and Rani Rampal, the captain of the women’s hockey team was awarded Padma Shri. A total of 11 sports persons were nominated this year.
Tony News Desk
TOP | TRENDING
FACEBOOK’S TOTAL USER BASE DECLINES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 17 YEARS: REPORT
Facebook has seen a number of controversies in recent years. But now, the company which was recently brought under new parent Meta, is witnessing a decline in its user base. This has happened for the first time in Facebook’s 17 years of existence that its user base has actually gone down.
SUBTLE HEART RENDERING COMEDY, SUFFICIENTLY DRAMATIC, GRIPPING CHAOS AND BITTERSWEET HUMOUR; A HIGH END COCKTAIL OF SCINTILLATING ENSEMBLE CAST AND CHARACTERS, WRITER- DIRECTOR CHIDAMBARAM ENDURES ALL STORMS TO DELIVER A WINNER
Ensemble casts have a unique place in Malayalam cinema. For decades, a good family drama in Malayalam has always been a good mix of pain, humour, characters, gripping plots and happy endings. Writer- Director Chidambaram delivers this fine balance in his debut film Jaaneman and creates a new age ensemble cinema for the routine film goer.
SATIRE DRIVEN, NON-MELODRAMATIC, FOCUSED, AND METICULOUSLY SCRIPTED; THIS MOVIE IS A WINNER THROUGH AND THROUGH!
How can one dislike a film that entertains throughout? In english, this movie title means ‘The engagement is on monday’. There is no surprise in the plot line; all of it is revealed in the title. The story is about the making of an engagement and the joys and troubles involved. Senna Hegde pulls off a regular story with exceptional craft. The highlight of the film is its climax. The climax offers no pomp and show, no tearful departures, no melodramatic breakdowns, no revolutions, no rebellions, no glamour, not even the promised engagement.This film is a must watch not because it is extraordinary, but because it is very ordinary, and the brilliance is entirely in the balance the filmmaker maintained throughout.
KURUP, THE MOVIE; DULQUER’S ATTEMPT TO CONQUER CINEMASCOPE FILMMAKING LEAVES AUDIENCES EMOTIONLESS
THIS PERIOD MOVIE COMES WITH COMPLETE GRANDEUR; GRAND SETS, STYLE, A GOOD CAST, LEAVES NO STONE UNTURNED IN PRODUCTION, BUT FAILS IN ITS EDITING AND COMPOSITION. DQ DOES NOT BECOME KURUP, KURUP BECOMES DQ.
Dulquer remains Dulquer, we recognize him and his methods in all his movies and he repeats himself once again. The actor lacks gravitas in his dialogue delivery and intonation. Can style and glamour make up for lack of method acting in a role like this? Did we expect more?