India honors film, TV talent

Award given to Bollywood star Aamir Khan

Actor Aamir Khan, star of Bollywood’s highest-ever grosser “3 Idiots,” composer A.R. Rahman and sound engineer Resul Pookutty, who won an Oscar for “Slumdog Millionaire,” have been given Padma Awards, India’s highest civilian honors.

Khan and Rahman won the Padma Bhushan, which is awarded for “distinguished service of high order,” while Pookutty won the Padma Shri, which is awarded for “distinguished service.”

Ilaiyaraaja, who has composed music for more than 900 films in various Indian languages, and actress-dancer Mallika Sarabhai, best known for Peter Brook’s “The Mahabharata,” were also honored with the Padma Bhushan.

Nemai Ghosh, best known as Satyajit Ray’s still photographer, Saif Ali Khan, star of 2009 Bollywood hit “Love Aaj Kal,” and veteran actresses Rekha and Arundhati Nag were also honored with Padma Shri awards.

Nonagenarian actress Zohra Sehgal, who has been in a large number of Bollywood and U.K. pics, including Gurinder Chadha’s and “Bhaji on the Beach” and “Bend it Like Beckham,” and TV skeins, including “The Jewel in the Crown,” was honored with the highest award, the Padma Vibhushan, which is given for “exceptional and distinguished service.”

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