New Delhi: Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and Helen are among a host of celebrities from the Hindi film and entertainment industry to be selected for this year’s Padma Shri awards. Noted singer Hridaynath Mangeshkar, ghazal singer Penaz Masani, playback singer Udit Narayan also figure in this year s list.
They have been honoured with India s fourth highest civilian honour for their contribution in the field of art.
One of the most recognised faces of Indian cinema at the global level, Aishwarya started her career with Mani Ratnam s “Iravur” and went on to act in films like “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”, “Devdas”, and “Guru”. She has also collaborated with Hollywood directors for projects like “Bride and Prejudice”, “The Last Legion”, “Mistress of Spices” “Provoked” and soon to be released “Pink Panther-2″.
Akshay is regarded one of the most successful stars these days after he acted in hit films like “Welcome” and “Singh is Kinng”.
Helen, often referred as India s cabaret queen for her sensuous gyrations, was seen in recent films like “Mohabattein” and “Marigold”.
Source : PTI