It is known that Government has announced the list of Padma awards for the year 2016 on Republic Day, like every year. Rajamouli was conferred with Padma Shri, while Rajinikanth, Ramoji Rao and some other affluent personalities of Telugu states were also honored with a Padma award.
However, Padma award for Rajamouli is drawing a lot of flake as some think the director is undeserving to receive one, since many legends of Telugu cinema are yet to get the honors they deserve. Interestingly, Rajamouli is one among them, who thinks he is undeserving to get conferred with nation's fourth highest civilian honor.
"I don't know what to say. It is quite a mixed feeling. Very frankly i don't feel I deserve the honour. This is not humility. I am quite aware of my achievements. But i haven't created any artistic brilliance that deserves this honour."
"Awarding Ramoji rao garu and Rajanikanth garu with Padma Vibhushan is so apt. Their work created a lasting impression that will reflect even on generations to come. It makes me even more humbled to share the occasion with such stalwarts. But can't deny that it also makes me so happy and proud to be with them.", read a series of tweets from Rajamouli.
"Last year the govt of AP wanted to recommend my name for PadmaSri. I requested them not to citing the same reasons. They insisted. But upon my repeated requests, they dropped my name. This year i was not consulted. I was wondering how this happened when i came to know that i was recommended by the Karnataka govt."
"I was born in Karnataka, studied in Andhra Pradesh, worked in Tamilnadu and settled in Telangana. Happy to be a son of all the states.", he further when people questioned if the application for Padma award really moved without his consent.
Looks like Rajamouli is hit by mixed feelings. Nevertheless, many moviegoers take this moment as a pride, as one of the greatest visionaries of our times has been rightly conferred before its too late.