Rishi Kapoor's got a Padma Bhushan wish

Rishi Kapoor's got a Padma Bhushan wish

He wants his uncle Shammi to be awarded one as well
Rishi Kapoor's got a Padma Bhushan wish

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Rishi Kapoor is thrilled that his uncle Shashi Kapoor will be receiving the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award, but says he would have been happier to see Shammi Kapoor's name on the list as well.

"It would have given me even more of a pleasure to see both my uncles Shammi and Shashi Kapoor receiving the honour. Certainly Shammi Kapoor's contribution to Indian cinema cannot be overlooked," Rishi said.

Ranbir's dad says that the Kapoor family has a big reason to celebrate as they have received a government honour after several years.

"Chalo khairiyat hai Kapoors ko government ne recognise kiya (It is good that the government has recognised the Kapoors). Believe it or not no Kapoor has won such a national or government-level award in the last few decades," he added.

Rishi's grandfather, the legendary actor Prithviraj Kapoor was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1969, after which his father Raj Kapoor received the honour in 1971.

"This is the first time since then that the government has recognised the presence of the Kapoors in the entertainment industry. What a feeling, all the senior Kapoors, my grandfather Prithiviraj, my father Raj and now Shashi Kapoor are Padma Bhushans!" said Rishi.

Shashi, 72, was recently admitted to hospital due to health problems, but he is back home and gradually recovering, says Rishi.

"Yes, he's home. But he's not too well. There are health complications. He is being looked after. We all are very proud of the honour and we would like to be with him in Delhi when the President gives him the Padma Bhushan."

IANS

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