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Live up to it, mom tells Saif

Saif Ali Khan getting a Padma Shri didn’t go down well with some critics and film buffs, but his proud mother, Sharmila Tagore, thinks the prestigious award will...

entertainment Updated: Feb 10, 2010 12:12 IST

Saif Ali Khan getting a Padma Shri didn’t go down well with some critics and film buffs, but his proud mother, Sharmila Tagore, thinks the prestigious award will make Saif evaluate his worth and help him live up to people’s expectations.

“This kind of recognition encourages an artiste to better himself. Even if you lead a relatively care free life, a Padma Shri makes you sit up and say, ‘Hey, it isn’t a film award I’m getting here,” Sharmila points out. “The government is recognising my efforts, and I better live up to expectations.”

She adds, “The Padma Shri will give Saif an idea of what the country expects of him. I think it’s a great pat on the back.”

Like any other mother, Sharmila too admits she’s impressed by her son’s histrionics and is waiting for his next venture.