NEW DELHI: Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn will be honored with the fourth highest Padma Shri award for his contribution to Indian cinema.
The ‘Singham’ star, who is currently filming for his next ‘Shivaay’ in Bulgaria, said in an official statement, “I feel deeply humbled yet elated to receive such honour from my own country.”
“This announcement today makes it special for me when I am filming abroad for my new film ‘Shivaay’. I’d like to acknowledge that Padma Samman puts an extra responsibility on me and I promise to serve my country as long as I can”, added the 46-year-old actor.
He also took to Twitter to share the good news, where he posted, “I am humbled into silence with this honour from my country.”
Ajay, who started his acting career in Bollywood in 1991, is known for his flicks like ‘Jigar’ , ‘Diljale’, ‘Ishq’, the ‘Golmaal’ series, and ‘Singham’ among others.
He bagged his first National Award with commercially and critically acclaimed flick ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’.
Other prominent personalities like senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikam, who was the prosecution counsel in the Mumbai terror attack case, and actress Priyanka Chopra will also be awarded with Padma Shri.