In New Delhi today, actor Amitabh Bachchan, dressed in a black bandhgala, received his Padma Vibhushan award from President Pranab Mukherjee. Senior Bachchan’s son and daughter, Abhishek and Shweta, and daughter-in-law Aishwarya attended the ceremony. Noted Assamese film director Jahnu Barua was awarded the Padma Bhushan along with Amitabh Bachchan.
Star of film such as Sholay, Deewar, Don, Amar Akbar Anthony, Black and Paa, received the Padma Shri in 1984 and the Padma Bhushan in 2001. He was last seen in this year’s Shamitabh and also stars in the upcoming films Piku and Wazir.
His Shakti co-star Dilip Kumar, who has been unwell for months, was unable to collect his Padma Vibhushan in person. The Padma honours are given out in two batches every year. Mr Bachchan’s Bollywood colleagues Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Prasoon Joshi received their Padma Shri awards on March 30.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan missed the Mijwan 2015 event, but attended the investiture ceremony of the Padma Awards -- Padma Vibhusha, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri -- which was held at Rashrapati Bhavan in Delhi on Wednesday morning.
This is Big B's third Padma Awards, in 1989 he was honoured with Padma Shri and in 2001 he was honoured with Padma Bhushan for his contribution in the field of Indian cinema.