This is not just any film industry award: Ajay Devgn on Padma awards

  • Anjuri Nayar Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2016 17:50 IST
Ajay Devgn receives the award from President of India Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi on Monday. (HT Photo)

Actor Ajay Devgn, who was conferred the prestigious Padma Shri yesterday, says that he’s proud to be the winner of such a prestigious award. “It’s a great honour to be recognised by the country. It’s just not an award which is a film industry award. It makes you feel good about yourself and makes you realise that you are on the right track,” he says.

The actor has always shown his disapproval for other industry awards, however, he says that the Padma Awards are very different. “I have always maintained that there are so many awards happening in the film industry, those are not awards, they are just software for TV. Padma Awards are recognised by the country, which is why receiving them is a great honour for the recipients,” he says.

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Ajay, who has just returned from a hectic shoot in Bulgaria, says that as of now he has no special plans to celebrate his win. His wife, actor Kajol and children - daughter Nysa (12) and son Yug (5) - will be coming to Mumbai soon. “I have returned after three months and my family comes back home tonight. As of now, I don’t have any special plans and plan to just sleep!” he says.

During the time that the awards were announced, some people had claimed that only those close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been given the awards. However, Ajay says that he will not let such backlash dilute his victory. “I think, for every award or for everything in life there is always a controversy and there are people who accept it and others criticise... To me, it doesn’t matter. These people will always be there and you can’t make everyone happy,” he says.

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