Mumbai: Set to receive Padma Vibhushan next month, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has claimed that he is proud that this will be the sixth Padma award for the Bachchan family.
This will be Big B's third Padma award - he has earlier been honoured with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. Amitabh's dad Harivansh Rai Bachchan received Padma Bhushan in 1976 while his wife Jaya Bachchan was honoured with Padma Shri in 1992. The Bachchan bahu, Aishwarya, too received Padma Shri in 2009. Now, there is just one person in the family who also has a public life but no Padma awards in his kitty - Abhishek Bachchan. Does Big B expect his son to bring home the seventh Padma? Your guess is as good as ours.
"The President of India shall be presenting the Padma Awards on the 8th of April in Delhi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.. my 6th visit for this prestigious ceremony - first for my Father when he received the Padma Bhushan, then for my own Padma Shri, then Padma Bhushan, for Jaya the Padma Shri, for Aishwarya's the Padma Shri, and now again for me the Padma Vibhushan," Bachchan posted on his blog.
"This seems like a record for the family. I doubt if there have been 6 Padma Awardees in one family. And I wonder too for the three Padma Awards for one individual!! So, blessed and thankful to the Almighty," he added.
Bachchan is all set to travel to Egypt later this month for the Annual India Day Cultural festival, India by the Nile where his film Amar Akbar Anthony would be screened. "There is more travel a little later in the month, to Egypt and Cairo for the inauguration of the Annual India Day cultural festival, India by the Nile... with a presence at the Opera House for a conversation, the showing of Amar Akbar Anthony and the formal inauguration of culture at the Pyramids," he said