‘I feel at the top of the world’ – Anupam Kher chosen for Padma Vibhushan

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‘I feel at the top of the world,’ exclaimed a joyous to the IndianExpress.com spoke to the veteran actor over phone, minutes after he was awarded India’s third highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan.

Expressing his happiness, said: “I am thankful to our country and people. I feel humbled. This is the best news of my life. In my 31 years of career in cinema spanning more than 500 films and 150 plays, I think this award reaffirms your faith that hard work and honesty always pays. I also feel also a sense of responsibility towards my country because when you are honoured like this it is your duty to deal with responsibility in a different manner.”

When asked if he felt that he was honoured a bit late in his career, said, “Being an Indian, I feel honoured every day. I am the son of a forest department clerk from a small town. Everything that has happened to me is an honour. I would have said yes it has come late had I been 90, but I have just started the second half of my innings. Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost.’

also said that he was happy to see legend Rajinikanth also being honoured with . “It’s fantastic. I am a fan of Rajini sir both as a person and as an actor. I am in august company and feel humbled about the same.”

Superstar has been awarded Padma has been chosen for , country’s second highest civilian award, this year.

Besides , singer , has also been chosen for Padma Bhushan. Actors Ajay Devgn and  get Padma Shri.