The super talented actors Kajol, Tabu and Irrfan Khan and singer Usha Uthup have been named for the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour on the eve of Republic Day, yesterday.
Kajol started her career with Bekhudi and then went on to become one of the most loved actresses in Bollywood with films like Baazigar, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and so on. Tabu, on the other hand, has been known for creating a niche for herself with films like Chandni Bar, Astitva, Maqbool, The Namesake and Cheeni Kum. Irrfan Khan can undoubtedly be called as the international Indian face with films like The Namesake, A Mighty Heart, Slumdog Millionaire to his credit. Usha Uthup started as a famous pop singer in Bollywood in the 70s and became a rage for her unique heavy voice and singing style. Her songs like 'Ek Do Cha Cha Cha', 'Shaan Se', 'Hari Om Hari','Rambha Ho' and 'Dum Maaro Dum' are evergreen classics.
Veteran actors Shashi Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman have been honoured with Padma Bhushan. Shashi Kapoor's films like Jab Jab Phool Khile, Waqt, Silsila, Deewar, Kabhi Kabhie, Satyam Shivam Sundaram and many more have appealed to the audiences of all generations. He also featured in international projects titled The Householder, Shakespearewallah and Heat and Dust. Unfortunately, this senior actor has not been keeping well for a while now.
Waheeda Rehman is known as one of the most beautiful women seen on the silver screen. She started her career with Man Ki Jeet in 1944 and then went on to feature in cult classics like Pyasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Saheb Bibi Aur Gulam, Guide, Reshma Aur Shera and many more.
Legendary music composer Khayyam will also be honoured with Padma Bhushan.