Padma Awards 2013

This year’s list of civilian honours is likely to feature actors Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore, who were a hit Bollywood couple in the ’70s. Mr Khanna and Ms Tagore, who starred together in movies like Aradhana and Amar Prem, will reportedly receive the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award.

Rajesh Khanna died on July 18, 2012 and will receive the award posthumously.

Actress Sridevi, who made a searing movie comeback in English Vinglish last year, will reportedly receive the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award.

The official list of honours will be announced later today.

The selection committee this year included actress Ratna Pathak Shah, scientist Anil Kakodkar and home secretary R K Singh, among others.

Olympic bronze medallist boxer Mary Kom was on Friday finalised for Padma Bhushan Award. According to MHA sources, noted scientists Prof Yashpal and Roddam Narasimha were selected for Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian honour.

Fashion designer Ritu Kumar, Olympian Vijay Kumar and veteran marathon runner Fauza Singh may also bag Padma awards.

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