Kangana Ranaut, Ekta Kapoor and Karan Johar have been awarded for their contribution to cinema.
The three were given recognition at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, presided by President Ram Nath Kovind. It was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as Home Minister Amit Shah and VP Venkaiah Naidu.
Ranaut’s sister, Rangoli Chandel said, “My sister @kanganaranaut !! How lucky I am to say this Feeling so proud and happy even words falling short to explain !! May Maa Ambika keep showering her blessings on you.”
Johar said, “Today felt surreal! I am honoured and humbled that the prestigious Padma Shri Award was bestowed on me. I feel extremely fortunate to receive it from the hands of our honourable President Shri Ram Nath Kovind. This is a momumental day for me, my mother, my kids and my company, and will forever be etched in my memory. Thank you so much for all your wishes and the abundance of love!”
In a statement to the press, Ekta Kapoor said, “It is an absolute honour to receive the Fourth Highest Civilian Award for my humble contribution in the field of performing arts. It is a surreal moment and a matter of great pride. I want to dedicate this badge of honour to my two pillars of strength – my mom and dad. They believed in me with their whole heart and it is because of them, I am who I am!”