The Nation's fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri, was given to Vidya Balan, who was over the moon.
Vidya Balan (36), whose films such as Ishqiya, Paa and No One Killed Jessica, which have got both commercial and critically acclaimed, said that it felt unreal to have received such a prestigious award. "Everyone is feeling very happy and proud. As for me, I'm just feeling grateful," she said.
The national award-winning actor never imagined she would receive this prestigious Padma Shri. "With a film award, there is a nomination process, so you know there's a possibility. Here, there was nothing of the sort. It was a wonderful surprise," said Vidya earlier in an interview.
Bollywood bombshell, who has never bothered about her weight issues is in fact so confident in carrying herself with that oomph factor. Recently, she was rumoured to be pregnant by opting out of many films in her kitty.
We wish Vidya Balan many more such awards and recognitions in the years to come.
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Vidya Balan In Bright Yellow Saree
Vidya Balan seen in a bright yellow saree, walking up to the dias to receive her Padma Shri.
Vidya Balan, Kamal Hassan
Vidya Balan along with Kamal Hassan was awarded Padma Shri. Both of them posing for shutterbugs.
Kamal Hassan Recieving Award
Kamal Hassan receiving his award from the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee.
Vidya Balan Awarded Padma Shri
Vidya Balan beaming with a vibrant smile receives her Padma Shri award from the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee.