The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Vibhushan Award to Shri Rajinikanth

Rajnikanth conferred the country’s highest civilian awards along with other celebrities… .reports Asian Lite

Superstar Rajinikanth conferred the Padma Vibhushan award for exceptional and distinguished service to Indian film industry.

Actor Rajinikanth. (File Photo: IANS)
Actor Rajinikanth. (File Photo: IANS)

“Feeling deeply honoured for being awarded the Padma Vibhushan. My heartfelt thanks to my dear fans, well-wishers and friends for all the wishes,” Rajinikanth tweeted.

Excited over the news, the 65-year-old superstar’s daughter Soundarya Rajnikanth, a filmmaker, tweeted: “Proud daughter! Appa is now Padma Vibhushan Shri Rajinikanth.”

Dhanush, the husband of Rajinikanth’s other daughter Aishwarya, tweeted: “Padma Vibhushan for Thalaivar… SUPER thrilled, SUPER proud SUPER day can’t get bigger.”

Rajinikanth, born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, worked as a bus conductor. But today, he is idolised in the country as a megastar.

He made his debut in Tamil cinema with K. Balachander’s National Award-winning film “Apoorva Raagangal” in 1975.

Fondly known as ‘Thalaivar’ (which means leader) by his admirers, he not only went on to star as a hero in films, but also took punches from the leading men in movies like “16 Vayadhinilae” (Tamil) and “Moondru Mudichu” (Tamil) in which he portrayed characters with negative shades.

Rajinikanth made his Bollywood debut with “Andha Kanoon” along with megastar Amitabh Bachchan and ‘dream girl’ Hema Malini in 1983. He went on to work with Big B in another Bollywood movie “Hum” in 1991.

It’s not just his acting prowess that continues to be lauded by the audience across the country, but also his inimitable style. From the way he flips his cigarette to his signature walk, the actor is known for his unparalleled style in his movies.

Age has clearly not played spoilsport for the actor’s craft, which he has showcased in recent films like “Robot”, “Lingaa” and “Kochadaiiyaan”.

As of now, he has films like Tamil sci-fi drama “2.o”, the sequel to 2010 blockbuster “Enthiran”, “Robot 2” and “Kabali” in his kitty.

Along with Thalaivar, other distinguished actors of the Indian cine world Anupam Kher and Ajay Devgun was honored with Padma Bhushan whereas Ajay devagun and Priyanka Chopra was  entitled with the Padma Shri Award.

Apart from the film industry, celebrities from the sports world Saina Nehwal and Sania Mizra were also awarded the Padma Awards of the year.

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