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Bhupen Hazarika, Mira Nair among Padma awardees

By NewsDesk • Published on January 26, 2012

The highest civilian awards of India—The Padma awards 2012 were announced on Wednesday. Bhupen Hazarika has been posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan for Vocal Music.

Padma Bhushan has been conferred on actress Shabana Azmi, director Mira Nair and actor Dharmendra. Filmmaker Priyadarshan has been bestowed the Padma Shri award 2012.

Shabana Azmi, a well-known Indian actress has won the National Award for Best Actress five times in her career for Ankur (1975), Arth (1983), Khandahar (1984), Paar (1985) and Godmother (1989).

Mira Nair is a noted filmmaker who has made films like Salaam Bombay! (1988),  Monsoon Wedding (2001) and The Namesake (2006).

Dharmendra is a popular Indian actor who has acted in over 270 Hindi films in his career some of which include Sholay (1975), Phool aur Patthar (1967), Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1972) and Yaadon ki Baarat (1974).

Priyadarshan in an Indian director, producer screenwriter who has directed over 80 films in several Indian languages including Kanchivaram (2008), Hera Pheri (2000), Virasat (1997) and Hungama (2003).

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    I do not like the idea of a Padma Bhushan awarded to Mira Nair. This is not to slight her contribution to cinema in any way but to point out that she is not an Indian citizen and these awards are specifically aimed to honour Indian citizens or that is what we have been given to understand for many years.

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