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
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.