Ajay said in a statement: "I feel deeply humbled yet elated to receive such honor from my own country. This announcement today makes it special for me when I'm filming abroad for my new film Shivaay. I'd like to acknowledge that Padma samman puts an extra responsibility on me and I promise to serve my country for as long as I can."
On Twitter, he wrote:
I am humbled into silence with this honour from my country.? Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) January 25, 2016
His wife Kajol, who received the Padma Shri in 2011, tweeted:
Another Padmashri in the family. Congrats to my other half with lots of love & pride ! @ajaydevgn— Kajol (@KajolAtUN) January 25, 2016
Last seen in 2015's Drishyam, Ajay Devgn stars in Shivaay - which he also directs and produces - this October. Kajol, 41, starred in last month's Dilwale, opposite Shah Rukh Khan.(Also Read: Padma Awards: Rajinikanth, Anupam Kher on List of Awardees)