Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:30:00 GMT | By IANS/India Syndicate

Sridevi gets Padma Shri

Veteran actors Sridevi, Nana Patekar, director Ramesh Sippy and designer Ritu Kumar are among the Padma Shri recipients this year.

Sridevi gets Padma Shri (© Reuters)

New Delhi: Bollywood's 'Hawa hawaii' girl Sridevi, actor Nana Patekar, 'Sholay' director Ramesh Sippy, designer Ritu Kumar and playback singer Sudha Malhotra, among others from the entertainment industry have been named for the Padma Shri, India's civilian award, on the 64th Republic Day.

Sridevi, who made a grand Bollywood comeback in 2012 with a strong female-centric role in 'English Vinglish', boasts of a filmography of 265 movies. With hits like 'Nagina', 'Mr. India', 'Chandni' and 'ChaalBaaz', she became the reigning queen of the Hindi films in the 1980s and 1990s.

Ramesh Sippy, the man behind Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra starrer cult film 'Sholay' (1975), has made several superhit films in his 42-year-long career.

National award-winning actor Nana Patekar, carved a niche for himself with critically acclaimed films like 'Parinda', 'Krantiveer' (1994), 'Agni Sakshi' (1996), 'Khamoshi: The Musical', and 'Ab Tak Chappan' (2005).

Playback singer Sudha Malhotra is known for films such as 'Dhool Ka Phool', 'Barsaat Ki Raat' and 'Prem Rog', among others. The 76-year old made her singing debut with the song 'Mil Gaye Nahin' from the 1965 Hindi film 'Arzoo'.

Veteran designer Ritu Kumar has been active in fashion industry for the last 40 years. Her designs reflect rich Indian cultural heritage and her forte lies in traditional Indian designs.

She has designed costumes for films like 'Midnight's Children', 'Love Breakups Zindagi' and 'Slumdog Millionaire'. Her clientele includes actress like Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai.

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