Padma Bhushan to legendary Victor Banerjee, Padma Shri for Sonu Nigam and Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi
On the eve of India's Republic Day yesterday, President Ram Nath Kovind confirmed the names of 128 recipients of Padma Awards. The list includes 4 Padma Vibhushans, 17 Padma Bhushans and 107 Padma Shri awards.
The awardees from the entertainment industry include the legendary actor Victor Banerjee, renowned playback singer Sonu Nigam and master film-maker Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi.
The recipients will receive their awards later this year at a ceremony to be held at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Victor Banerjee has been awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian cinema. The pan-India actor made his acting debut in 1977 in Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khiladi.
Victor Bannerjee has worked in English, Hindi, Bengali and Assamese language films. Victor has been lucky to work with wide range of directors all over like Roman Polanski, James Ivory, Sir David Lean, Jerry London, Ronald Neame, Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal, Montazur Rahman Akbar and Ram Gopal Varma. He won the National film award for best supporting actor for the film Ghare Baire and received BAFTA nomination for David Lean’s cult classic A Passage to India (1984).
Sonu Nigam has received the Padma Shri Award for his contribution as a singer. Sonu Nigam has sung
More than 5000 songs in multiple languages till date and has won the National Award for the song of Kal Ho Naa Ho.
Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi received a Padma Shri for his contribution as filmmaker. He master writer-director best known for 1991 TV series Chanakya and the National Award-winning film Pinjar.
Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi is the director of Akshay Kumar’s most awaited Prithviraj that co stars Manushi Chillar.