Mohanlal has received Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award

New Delhi : Mohanlal, the ‘universal superstar’ and the very own Lalettan’ of Malayalam film industry has received the Padma Bhushan award this morning.

Multi-talented actor Prabhudeva and musician Shankar Mahadevan were among those who received their Padma Awards from President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi today.

56 of the 112 awardees announced earlier this year received their honours today. Actor Kader Khan was posthumously honoured with the Padma Shri – Mr Khan died last December at the age of 81.

Malayalam superstar Mohanlal, star of acclaimed films such as Iruvar, Vanaprastham and Aramthampuran, received the Padma Bhushan, Indian’s third-highest civilian award.

Mohanlal has been in films made in several Southern languages as well as Hindi projects such as AAG, TEZZ and company. He has won five National Awards for his work in the films Kireedam, Bharatham, Vanaprastham, Janatha Garage and Pulimurugan.

“It’s a great honour. It’s a great achievement as an individual, as an actor. It’s my 41st year in the film industry so I’m giving all the credit to my colleagues, my family and those who supported me in this beautiful journey.” Mohanlal said at the Padma Awards after receiving his Padma Bhushan.

Singer Shankar Mahadevan, The first name of the amazing trio of Indian music, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who are active from 1997,  has received the Padma Shri. “A lot of my music has been created with my two partners – Ehsaan and Loy so, I would consider them as equal recipients of this.”

Mr Mahadevan told news agency IANS after the National Awards were announced on 25th January . Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have films like Dil Chahta Hai and Kal Ho Naa Ho to their credit. They composed the official anthem for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, and it was a huge hit .

Man of many talents Prabhudeva received the Padma Shri. Prabhudeva is admired equally for his skills as a dancer and choreographer in songs such as Urvasi Urvasi and Mukkala and as an actor in Kadhalan, Minsara Kanavu, historical drama film Urumi and other films. Prabhudeva has also directed movies like Rowdy Rathore and Wanted and he is actively working in the bollywood film industry .


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