Top National Awards for Bollywood Stars

Several actors, music directors and other film personalities have been picked this year, to receive India’s top civilian awards – Padma Bhushan (3rd highest) and Padma Shri (4th highest) – today, as India celebrates its 60th Republic day.

Here is the list of winners†

1) Zohra Segal (actress) – Padma Vibhushan

2) Aamir Khan (actor) – Padma Bhushan

3) Ilaiyaraja (music director) – Padma Bhushan

4) A R Rahman (music director, singer) – Padma Bhushan

5) Rekha (actress) – Padma Shri

6) Saif Ali Khan (actor) – Padma Shri

7) Resul Pookutty (sound designer) – Padma Shri

Our take

Thought the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan – to name a few – were more deserving of the Padma Shri, their achievement and contributions to Hindi cinema over the years has been a lot more compared to someone like Saif Ali Khan.

Rekha should have gotten the award much earlier, her contribution to Indian cinema has been immense. †Ditto for†Ilaiyaraja, who was one of the men who introduced A R Rahman to the world.

What the stars had to say

Aamir Khan – Iím so happy to receive this unique honour. The first thing that comes to my mind is my motherís smiling face,

Saif Ali Khan – I am very proud and honored to have received this honor. I would like to thank my family and loved ones who have been there for me and the industry for supporting me . I would particularly like to thank Imtiaz Ali, Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar, Ramesh Taurani, Farhan Akhtar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Siddharth Anand, Kunal Kohli and Vishal Bhardwaj for having faith in me and making me who I am today.

A R Rahman – Iím overwhelmed that I have received the honour at the same time that music composer Ilayaraja has received it. It is a great personal statement for me. He has played for my father Shekher, and I have played for Ilayaraja Sir. It is a family thing for me



  • These Awards r baseless these days, Like akshay received Padmashree last yr.. ;) ha ha. give it 2 d once who really deserve.

    Like Some gud police officers, gud lecturers dont receive anythin n some crap ppl receive it by paying. so sick.

  • Indicine Team,

    You missed Zohra Saigal in the list. Though she is a prominent theater artist, her contribution towards hindi movies is significant.

    I am surprised that Saif got the award before Ajay Devgan and Salman Khan.

    I do not know why there are so much conservatism regarding Bharat Ratna. Persons like Satyajit Ray or Lata Mangeshkar got the award much later. it is not good that the people from our soil getting top honors from foreign countries much before getting it from India.

    I think Sachin, Amitabh, Narayan Murthy should get Bharat Ratna for excellence in respective fields.

  • true indicine that Salman and ajay deserve it way wayyyyyyyy better than Saif Ali Khan how come he got that im confused wat ddi he do ?

  • first,arjun rampal gets national award.then saif gets padma wat next?i think dino morea getting oscar……….:)

  • The only ones i agree with are A R Rahman and Rekha. The others in my perspective do not deserve one because, they have not put effort in their work. I agree that Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, or even Ajay Devgan are more deserving. As well as, Shah Rukh Khan, all his efforts and his love for the audience should be recognized. However, unlike Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan admitted that people like Karan Johar, Ramesh Taurani, and Farhan Akhtar are behind his success. Overall, I believe some were more deserving than others however, congratulations to all of them.

  • Rajeev Masand’s Tweets :-

    Arjun Rampal gets National Award. Saif Ali Khan gets Padmashree. What next? Darsheel Safary appointed chairman of Children’s Film Society?

    How True he got this time :P

  • salman khan also deserve the best actor awards because he is a daam good actor we can see his acting in wanted and veer etc

  • ia dont wanna comment on this. but, i would like u to give me maximum information about akshay kumar in the year ahead

  • ajay devgam also deserve for padam shri . I think ajay deserve not only padamshri but also padam vibhushan. ajay devgan really best actor in Bollywood.

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