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Manoj Bajpayee opens up on being announced as one of the awardees of Padma Shri

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The government of India recently announced to confer Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee with Padma Shri award for his contribution to the art of cinema. Apart from Manoj Bajpayee, late legendary actor and writer Kader Khan, Mohanlal, Shankar Mahadevan, ace choreographer and director Prabhudheva have been conferred with the Padma Awards.

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After being announced as one of the awardees of the Padma Shri award, Bajpayee noted that he is really happy that no one has abused him on social media platforms. While interacting with the media in Mumbai on Monday, the actor 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 one has created controversy when my name was announced. As one of the awardees of Padma Shri Award, I am really happy and it’s a good thing that when you get an honour and nobody has raised objections against it.”

The actor further stated that Anupam Kher was the first one who shared the good news with him. Talking about it, Bajpayee said, “I didn’t know how to react on this news because I wasn’t expecting that something like this is going to happen. Suddenly before sleeping in the night, when Anupam Kher sir told me about it that time, I was freezed. He must be wondering why I didn’t respond in a joyful manner because honestly, I didn’t understand how to react to it.”

He also talked about his upcoming film ‘Sonchiriya’ on the occasion. “I think we have made really good film in form of ‘Sonchiriya’. I have been a huge admirer of Abhishek Chaubey’s (director) work and I feel fortunate to work with him. I have played small role in the film but it’s a really good role which he has offered to me. I hope people appreciate my role in the film,” he added.

Sonchiriya’ is a crime thriller set in Chambal. The film is directed by Abhishek Chaubey and stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Ranvir Shorey and Ashutosh Rana. The film is slated to release on March 1.

Importantly, Manoj Bajpayee is a recipient of two National Awards and several other accolades. He has worked in several critically acclaimed films including ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, ‘Satya’, ‘Shool’, ‘Rajneeti’, ‘LOC Kargil’ and ‘Veer Zaara’ among others.

Also Read: Kader Khan’s son Sarfaraz Khan on dad’s Padma Shri award: It would have been good if he accepted it

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