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Kudos to the stars

Far away in the US, actor Aamir Khan woke up to a pleasant surprise on Monday morning. He, along with composer AR Rahman, had been awarded the year’s highest honour — the Padma Bhushan.

entertainment Updated: Jan 26, 2010 19:37 IST
Minakshi Saini

Aamir KhanFar away in the US, actor Aamir Khan woke up to a pleasant surprise on Monday morning. He, along with composer AR Rahman, had been awarded the year’s highest honour – the Padma Bhushan. Fellow actor Saif Ali Khan had been selected for the Padma Shri. Since then, their phones haven’t stopped ringing. Among the first few people to congratulate Aamir was lyricist Prasoon Joshi. "I congratulated Aamir from the bottom of my heart. This honour is a testimony that hard work pays well. It is an inspiration for youth, run after your dreams and recognition will follow you," he said.

With two of her favourite men being honoured, actress Kareena Kapoor couldn’t have asked for more. “I have always appreciated Aamir for his perfection, I even look up to him as my inspiration,” said Kareena. About beau Saif, Bebo can’t stop gushing. “We are absolutely ecstatic and so proud of Saif. He is a rare combination of amazing amounts of talent and class.”

Though thrilled about Rahman’s felicitation, singer Sonu Niigaam feels he deserves a lot more. “I am glad he got a Padma Bhushan, but I am sure he will soon get a Bharat Ratna.”

Twitter was abuzz with congratulatory messages. Filmmaker Ken Ghosh was among the early birds. He wrote, “Congrats Padma Shri Saif Ali Khan. And Padma Bhushan Aamir Khan.”

Sharing the Padma Shri with the much younger Saif Ali Khan and Saina Nehwal, actress Rekha wouldn’t have expected this after spending four decades in Bollywood. And her fans are angry. “I guess they thought they should award her before a controversy breaks out,” says student Neha Verma.
“It looks like a shoddy job of appeasement,” says housewife Indu Anand.