New Delhi : The packed Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday reverberated to applause when superstar Rajinikanth walked up to receive the Padma Vibhushan from President Pranab Mukherjee who also conferred Padma awards on actress Priyanka Chopra and tennis player Sania Mirza.
The awards, conferred in three categories — Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, were given away to prominent personalities from different walks of life, as the assembled gathering, including relatives and friends of the awardees, kept on clapping and cheering.
Looking dapper in a beige churidar kurta teamed with a grey Nehru jacket, Rajinikanth acknowledged the big round of applause and cheering from those gathered with a big smile. His wife Latha Rajinikanth was also among the invitees. The southern super star enjoys a massive fan following and is endearingly called ‘Thalaivar’ by his well-wishers. He has worked both in Hindi and Southern films over his three decade long journey as an actor, reports IANS.
Priyanka Chopra, who has garnered international acclaim with her stint in the American TV series “Quantico”, came attired in a lime green sari to receive her Padma Shri. She acknowledged the appreciation from the crowd but kept her eyes downwards while returning to her seat. Priyanka, who looked stunning, was being followed by admirers after the function was over. In fact security persons had to escort her from the main hall to the other room. The former Miss World has hit international headlines with her role of an FBI agent Alex Parrish in “Quantico”. The actress, who is currently riding high on the success of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Bajirao Mastani”, has even bagged a Hollywood film, “Baywatch”, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.
Sania, who took to twitter to comment: “Humbled. Honoured. And truly thankful .. #PadmaBhushan,” was also turned out smartly in a long pinkish dress for the occasion. She received her Padma Bhushan from the president. Sania is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.