While Kamal Haasan will receive the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award, Paresh Rawal received the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award. Kamal Haasan, who has done a host of films such as Moondaram Pirai and Hey Ram, said, “Proud to be an Indian. India is a country with great talents in various many fields. While legions await to be honoured, I am honoured that I have been chosen for Padma Bhushan by my government. I think it is sheer chance and my good fortune that I have been chosen. I hope that I would live long to do more to deserve this award. I don’t consider this an honour for work that I have already done. This would be an impetus for me to do more good work, perhaps only then would I deserve it. My heartfelt congratulations for the other Padma Bhushan awardees especially my friend Mr Vairamuthu.”
The awards are conferred by the President of India at a function that will be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan around March or April.