Megastar Amitabh Bachchan said on Monday that he is honoured to be chosen for the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award of the country, and overwhelmed by the affection of the people.
The 72-year-old national award winning actor, who is also the recipient of the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree, said he has no words to express his gratitude.
"The Government of India has decorated me today with the highest Padma Award of the country, the Padma Vibhushan... I have no words to express my gratitude to the powers that be and am most humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity of the people that decide or sit on judgement on this...'" Bachchan posted on his blog early this morning.
The Shamitabh star said with this honour, they now have seven such awards of the highest national acclaim in his family.
T 1749 - To them that congratulate me on the Padma Vibhushan, I can only say, if it were not for you, I would not be worthy to receive it !!— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) January 25, 2015
"My Father : Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan. Jaya: Padma Shree, Aishwarya : Padma Shree, AB: Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan. In one family this must be perhaps the only reference or case in the country," Bachchan wrote.
The actor thanked his fans for making him what he is today.
"I feel blessed and honoured, fortunate and humbled, overwhelmed and submerged by the affection and love of the people...," Bachchan said.