Noted Kannada director Girish Kasaravalli has been conferred with the Padma Shri award, which is the fourth highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan in India. Though the Sandalwood filmmaker is all excited to receive the honour, the absence of his wife Vaishali Kasaravalli, who died of kidney-related problems three months ago, has upset him very much.
Girish Kasaravalli is being honoured with Padma Shri for his dedicated service to the Kannada film industry. But he is sad because his wife was very much confident that he would win a Padma award one day. Though that day has come now, unfortunately, she is not there to share the joy with him on this special occasion. Talking to the media, the director said, "I really miss her today."
The 50-year-old art film director has nearly 15 movies to his credit. Girish is one of the pioneers of the parallel cinema in Sandalwood. He has already won several State and National level recognition for his wonderful service to the industry. He has been honoured with four National awards for his films like Ghatashraddha (1977), Tabarana Kathe (1986), Thaayi Saheba (1997) and Dweepa (2001).
However, the President of India has announced 128 Padma Awards for the year 2010 including 12 in the category of Foreigners/ NRIs/ PIOs/ Posthumous on Tuesday. These Awards comprise 13 Padma Vibhushan, 31 Padma Bhushan and 84 Padma Shri Awards. Besides Girish, actors like Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Kajol, Jayaram Subramaniam, Malayalam director Shaji Neelakantan Karun and singer Usha Uthup have also been honoured with Padma Shri award.