May 6, 2013, 12:25 pm | IANS SOUTH CINEMA
Chennai: Popular Tamil film and TV actor Mohan Raman, also a well known philatelist, was pleasantly surprised when the government honoured actors he had recommended from the south through 50 stamps that were released at the 60th National Film Awards. President Pranab Mukherjee released the stamps Friday commemorating 50 iconic film personalities who brought changes to Indian cinema. "I was approached by a member of the film chamber few months back requesting me to suggest names of actors from south to be honoured through postal stamps. I suggested few names from all four southern film industries and to my surprise a few from the list I had recommended were honoured," Mohan told IANS. "I felt like the
April 26, 2013, 7:24 pm | Press Trust of India MOVIES NEWS
Mumbai: Filmmaker Yash Chopra, Rajesh Khanna, legendary playback singer Asha Bhosale are among those Bollywood legends, who will be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards here on April 30. Bhosale will be presented with the Phalke Ratna Award for her contribution in the field of music for five decades. Late Yash Chopra will be conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award for his services to the Indian film industry as the iconic filmmaker while his wife Pamela will recieve the Saraswatibai Phalke Award. Khanna, who died in July last year, will be honoured as the first superstar of Indian cinema award. Akshay Kumar will receive the Best Actor award for 'Rowdy Rathore' and his mother-in-law Dimple
April 21, 2013, 11:53 am | IBNLive.com SNAPSHOT
New Delhi: Veteran actress Dimple Kapadia recently received Padma Bhushan from President Pranab Mukherjee on behalf of her late husband Rajesh Khanna.
April 20, 2013, 5:46 pm | Press Trust of India INDIA
New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday conferred the Padma awards on several eminent personalities including industrialist Adi Godrej, Olympic medal winners Yogeshwar Dutt and Vijay Kumar, actor Nana Patekar and designer Ritu Kumar. Professor Roddam Narasimha, a internationally renowned expert on fluid dynamics and famous painter Sayed Haider Raza were given the prestigious Padma Vibhushan at an impressive ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The Padma Bhushan awardees who were honoured on Saturday were: Professor Satya Nadham Atluri, aerospace expert; Dr Maharaj Kishan Bhan, leading biomedical researcher; industrialist Adi Godrej and classical singer Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan. Dr Nandkishore Shamrao Laud, pioneer in joint replacement surgery; Marathi poet and editor Mangesh Padgaonkar; renowned scientists Dr AS Pillai and
January 27, 2013, 12:09 pm | IANS MOVIES NEWS
Mumbai: That Rajesh Khanna is being honoured with a Padma Bhushan is a good thing. That he is being honoured after his death is not such a good thing. Why wait for the legends to die before honouring them? Why honour him with a Padma award a good 35 years after his hey days are over? Between 1969 and 1974, Rajesh Khanna saw the kind of stardom no other actor had ever seen. Shouldn't the government have honoured him closer to his glory days? If not, then at least while he was still alive to go on stage and recite the immortal lines that Sahir Ludhianvi wrote for the superstar in Yash Chopra's 'Daag'. "Aap, aap kya jaane
January 26, 2013, 6:00 pm | IndiaGlitz SOUTH CINEMA
Apart from our own Ramanaidu, three Hindi film biggies have won the Padma awards. The list includes veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, yesteryear's romantic icon late Rajesh Khanna and comedy king late Jaspal Bhatti. While evergreen actress Sridevi, filmmaker Ramesh Sippy and actor Nana Patekar are among the 108 personalities to win the Padma Sri award. Talking in a media interview about her win, 'Kashmir Ki Kali' famed actress Sharmila Tagore stated that it's a wonderful recognition and she is feeling very happy about it. Other hand Sridevi remarked that she feels honoured and humbled with this recognition and thanked all her fans for their love and faith they have always given to her.
January 26, 2013, 4:28 pm | IANS MOVIES NEWS
Mumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar is delighted that his father-in-law, the late actor Rajesh Khanna, has been posthumously honoured with the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour. "I am really very happy. I am obliged that the government has recognised my father-in-law's work. I am extremely happy," said Akshay, who is married to Rajesh Khanna's elder daughter Twinkle. The awards were announced Friday. Rajesh Khanna, fondly known as Kaka, began his career with 'Aakhri Khat' in 1966. In a career spanning five decades, he became a superstar like no other with hits like 'Aradhana', 'Do Raaste', 'Safar' and 'Anand'. He passed away in July 2012 following prolonged illness. He was 69.
January 25, 2013, 9:50 pm | Press Trust of India INDIA
New Delhi: 108 personalities from various fields have been selected for the Padma Awards this year. Following is the list of the recipients: Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra, Art S Haider Raza, Art Prof Yash Pal, Science and Engineering Prof Roddam Narasimha, Science and Engineering Padma Bhushan Dr Ramanaidu Daggubati, Art Sreeramamurthy Janaki, Art Dr (Smt) Kanak Rele, Art Sharmila Tagore, Art Dr (Smt) Saroja Vaidyanathan, Art Abdul Rashid Khan, Art Late Rajesh Khanna, Art Late Jaspal Singh Bhatti, Art Shivajirao Girdhar Patil, Public Affairs Dr Apathukatha Sivathanu Pillai, Science, Engineering Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Science and Engineering Dr Ashoke Sen, Science and
January 25, 2013, 9:29 pm | IBNLive.com INDIA
New Delhi: Late actor Rajesh Khanna and late satirist Jaspal Bhatti are among Padma Bhushan recipients this year. Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award, will also be given to actor Sharmila Tagore, boxing champion Mary Kom, cricketer Rahul Dravid. Rajesh Khanna and Jaspal Bhatti, who died in 2012, will receive the award posthumously. Industrialist Adi Godrej will also receive the Padma Bhushan. Actress Sridevi, actor Nana Patekar and director Ramesh Sippy will receive the Padma Shree, the fourth highest civilian award. Fashion designer Ritu Kumar will receive Padma Shree. Also receiving the Padma Shree are wrestler Yoheshwar Dutt, shooter Vijay Kumar and boxer Dingko Singh. Five prominent personalities from the northeast, including Manipur's Olympic medallist
January 25, 2013, 12:32 pm | CNN-IBN INDIA
New Delhi: Deceased actor Rajesh Khanna and former Censor Board chief Sharmila Tagore are likely to be awarded the Padma Bhushan, sources said on Friday. The list of the Padma awardees is expected by 3.00 pm on Friday. Sources indicated that cricketer Rahul Dravid and boxing champion Mary Kom are also likely to get the Padma Bhushan. Meanwhile, scientists Professor Yashpal and Rodham Narsimam are likely to get the Padma Vibhushan while Bollywood actor Sridevi, shooter Vijay Kumar, designer Ritu Kumar are likey to get the Padma Shree.
January 15, 2013, 3:06 pm | IANS MOVIES NEWS
New Delhi: It may sound surprising but seasoned actor Pankaj Kapur, known for doing offbeat films such as 'Maqbool' and 'Blue Umbrella', confesses that he entered show business aiming to be like late superstar Rajesh Khanna. "I wanted to become an actor for films. My only idol was Rajesh Khanna. That was the kind of cinema that was reaching me in Ludhiana (Punjab)," Kapur told IANS in a candid conversation here. But the 58-year-old's perspective about the art of acting changed after he joined the National School of Drama (NSD) and met Ebrahim Alkazi. Casually dressed in a trouser and sweater and looking at ease, Kapur shared: "With god's grace, I got selected in the National School
January 5, 2013, 4:28 pm | Forbes India FORBES INDIA
1. Gore Vidal, 86 An American author, playwright, essayist and an occasional actor, who also aspired to be the President. Few litterateurs have made their presence felt in public life as Vidal. He was witty and acerbic and his penchant for sharp, incisive statements put him at loggerheads with his contemporaries like Norman Mailer and Truman Capote. 2. Neil Armstrong, 82 He took one small step for man that turned out to be a giant leap for mankind. He was the first man to land on the moon on July 20, 1969, a feat that catches the fancy of generations even today. 3. AK Hangal, 95 The kindly old man of Indian cinema acted in over 200 films,
December 28, 2012, 1:39 pm | IANS MOVIES NEWS
Mumbai: Legendary actor Rajesh Khanna's last film 'Riyasat' was supposed to hit the screens Friday, a day before the 70th birth anniversary of the late star. But the film's director, Ashok Tyagi, says the release stands postponed as the team couldn't find any distributor for the project. The film is now expected to release in March 2013. "This is Kakaji's (Rajesh Khanna's) last film, but every distributor is looking at it as a business. He was a superstar and nobody is bothered about his last film," Tyagi told IANS. "Everybody looks at this film with a business perspective. I was quite sentimental about releasing this film on his birth anniversary," rued Tyagi. But he is still
December 23, 2012, 1:38 pm | IANS MOVIES NEWS
New Delhi: A maverick filmmaker like Yash Chopra, a superstar like Rajesh Khanna, character artists like Achala Sachdev and AK Hangal, famous cinematographer Ashok Mehta and widely followed movie critic Nikhat Kazmi, it was almost as if god was planning his own movie in heaven this year. IANS takes a look at the lives of those who regaled the audiences in their own unique ways through the film industry - those who gave their 'aakhri salaam' to filmdom in 2012: Nikhat Kazmi (Jan 20): Breast cancer took a toll on the life of the lady whose movie-based writings and reviews were awaited by readers of The Times of India for over two decades. She wasn't a celebrity or
December 11, 2012, 10:22 am | IANS MOVIES NEWS
Mumbai: He never allowed her to hold his hand in public but 46 years of marriage have changed many things, says Saira Banu lovingly of husband-actor-legend Dilip Kumar who turns 90 Tuesday. The celebrations for the landmark birthday will be quiet given the death of some of their closest friends this year. "This year was a sorrowful year. We lost many dear friends from the industry. So it will be a small celebration at our place with only close friends," Saira, 68, told IANS in an exclusive conversation. The family is grieving the death of friends and associates like Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, former union minister N.K.P. Salve, filmmaker Yash Chopra, and actors Rajesh Khanna and Dara