The Government honoured Manoj Bajpayee for his work in the field of cinema of close to 25 years with the Padma Shri on Saturday.
The actor was presented with the honour by President Ram Nath Kovind at the civil investiture ceremony of the Padma Awards held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The official Twitter handle had shared the photographs of all the awardees of the event including Manoj’s, and the ‘Aligarh’ star expressed his happiness by replying to the post, “It was an honour and a privilege sir.”
Padma Shri is the fourth-highest civilian honour presented by the Government after Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan. The actor was among the 56 awardees of the civilian honours on Saturday including cricketer Gautam Gambhir and footballer Sunil Chettri.
In the first set of the presentation on March 11, 56 were honoured including Mohanlal, Shankar Mahadevan and Prabhudeva.
A National School of Drama alumni, Manoj will be completing 25 years in the industry this year. The actor had shot to fame with movies like ‘Bandit Queen’ in 1994. Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Satya’ was the turning point in his career, fetching him his first National Award, for Best Supporting Actor. He also bagged a National Award for his performance in ‘Pinjar’.
Movies like ‘Aks’, ‘Kaun’, ‘Raajneeti’, ‘Gangs of Wasseypur-I', ‘Aligarh’ are among his most acclaimed performances which have got him various awards. Apart from starring in content-driven cinema, Manoj is known to shine in out-and-out commercial films featuring stars, like ‘Veer-Zaara’, ‘Special 26’, ‘Satyameva Jayate’ and often walks away with the praise despite lesser screen time.
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