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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Kamal Hassan won Padmabhushan award, while Sabitri Chatterjee won Padmashree award.
Kamal Hassan received Padmabhushan, Sabitri Chatterjee, Vidya Balan received Padmashree.
The Padma awards of 2014 had been announced on the day of Republic Day, 26th January, 2014. Veteran actor and director Kamal Hassan won Padmabhushan award for his excellence in Indian cinema. He received it late. He deserved it earlier. He had won 3 national awards. Many of his Tamil films and hindi films are notable. He is remembered for the great performances in the film Ek Duje Ke liye, Saagar, Chachi 420, Geratfaar, to name a few.
Bengali actresses Sabitri Chatterjee and Supriya Debi won Padmashri award late in their life. Both are almost 80 years old. Sabitri Chatterjee had been very powerful actress of Bengali films of 1950s and 1960s. She had acted in 27 films opposite superstar Uttam Kumar. Some of her majestic performances were in Bengali films Morutirtha Hinglaj, Kal Tumi Aleya, Goli Theke Rajpoth, Basant Bahar, Baluchori, Mouchak to name a few. None of the Bengali actresses had comedy timing of the class of Sabitri Chatterjee. Supriya Debi was also successful heroine of superstar Uttam Kumar. Some of her successful films included Meghe Dhaka Tara, Komal Gandhar, Suno Boro Nari, Jibon Mrityu, Mon Niye, to name a few. She also acted in more than 30 films with superstar Uttam Kumar.
Vidya Balan won Padmashri award at an early age. She is the best actress of Bollywood films at this point of time. Her performances in films like Ishqiya, Paa, Dirty Picture, Kahaani are matchless. She still has a long way to go. Paresh Rawal won the Padmashree award. He was also a versatile actor and played impressive character roles in films like Wo Chokri, Hera Pheri, Malamaal Weekly, to name a few. With performances in more than 200 films he had huge contribution in Indian cinema.
Yuvraaj Singh won Padmashree, for his excellence in cricket. Badminton player Gopichand, tennis player Leander Paez won Padmabhushan award for their excellence in their main sports.
While the recipients deserved the great award, there were lot of people who deserved the awards but never got it. For example singers like Manobendra Mukherjee, Geeta Dutt, composers like Madanmohan Kohli, Roshanlal Nagrath, actors like Guru Dutt, Pradip Kumar, actresses like Sadhna, Nanda did not get any Padma award. It is very difficult to choose the right recipient, in a country like India, where so many talents in the respective field galvanize the fine arts. But the Government should make an effort to award all the talented people in the country for better performances in every field.