Filmmakers Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor received their Padma Shri awards in a ceremony held in New Delhi on Monday evening (November 8). President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Padma awards for 2020 at Rashtrapati Bhawan with Prime Minister Narendra Mod in attendance.
The awards are being given out in four batches – Actress, Kangana Ranaut, and singer Adnan Sami received their Padma Shri awards in the first ceremony on Monday morning. Kangana, who also recently received the National Award For Best Actress. was dressed in a gold saree for the award ceremony.
Talking about being honoured with Padma Shri, Kangana Ranaut had said in 2020, “I’m humbled, and I’m honoured. I thank my country for this recognition and I dedicate this to every woman who dares to dream. To every daughter… to every mother… and to the dreams of women who will shape the future of our country. (sic).”
Ekta Kapoor wrote on Twitter, “humbled and overwhelmed. My foray into the industry started when I was just 17. I constantly heard I was ‘too young’, ‘too raw’ and it was ‘too soon’ to make things happen. Through the years I’ve realized 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 honor- ‘Padmashri’, I’m humbled. (sic).”
Karan Johar also took to Twitter to share the news and express his gratitude. “It’s not very often that I am at a loss for words, but this is one such occasion…The Padma Shri. Such an honour to receive one of the civilian awards in the country. Overwhelmed by so many emotions right now. Humbled, elated and also thankful for the opportunity to live my dream every day, to create and to entertain. I know my father would be proud and I wish he was here to share this moment with me. #blessed.