Written by: Gitanjali Roy
January 25, 2013 21:34 IST
This year's list of civilian honours has been announced and features actors Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore, who were a hit Bollywood couple in the '70s. Mr Khanna and Ms Tagore, who starred together in movies like Aradhana and Amar Prem, will receive the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award. Rajesh Khanna died on July 18, 2012 and will receive the award posthumously.
Cricketer Rahul Dravid, boxer Mary Kom, industrialist Adi Godrej and comedian Jaspal Bhatti will also receive the Padma Bhushan. Jaspal Bhatti died last year and will also receive the award posthumously.
Actress Sridevi, who made a searing movie comeback in English Vinglish last year, will receive the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award.
Sridevi said, "I am honored and humbled by this recognition. Would like to thank my fans for the love and faith they have always given me."
Ramesh Sippy, director of landmark Bollywood film Sholay, and actor Nana Patekar will also receive the Padma Shri.
Also receiving the Padma Shri are wrestler Yoheshwar Dutt, shooter Vijay Kumar and boxer Dingko Singh.
The selection committee this year included actress Ratna Pathak Shah, scientist Anil Kakodkar and home secretary R K Singh, among others.