Bollywood and theatre actor Manoj Joshi, who has had an immense contribution towards Indian cinema, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri Award. The award was felicitated by President of India, Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on April 2.
The official Twitter handle of Ram Nath Kovind, Rashtrapati Bhavan, shared a picture of Manoj Joshi receiving his Padma Shri Award. The caption read, “#PresidentKovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Manoj Joshi. A versatile theatre, TV and film actor in Gujarati, Marathi & Hindi, he is famous for essaying the role of Chanakya on TV.”
Manoj Joshi has been known for his tremendous work in TV in the role of Chanakya. He, then, went onto star in several Hindi and Gujarati films. He was seen in Hungama, Vivaah, Bhool Bhullaiya, Hulchul, Bhagam Bhag, Phir Hera Pheri, Chup Chup Ke. He is currently starring in Gujarati movies and plays.
Besides him, many other received the awards including former Indian Cricket Team Captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. MS Dhoni, who was received the rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army in 2011, marched his way in the Army uniform to receive his Padma Bhushan honour. Amid huge applause from the dignitaries, President Kovind conferred him with his honour.
The President of India felicitated deserving Indians with five Padma Bhushan and 38 Padma Shri awards. The grand ceremony took place at the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan were among the dignitaries who attended the function.