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Padma Shri ‘pleasant surprise’ for Sridevi

Bollywood diva Sridevi, who lately made a comeback to acting after 16 years of domesticity with English Vinglish, says ‘acknowledgement’ and ‘recognition from authoritative quarters are important to every artiste’.

‘It’s my good fortune that people still love me and want me on screen. The Padma Shri came as a very pleasant surprise. I am deeply honoured,’ said Sridevi.

‘I don’t know what I did to deserve it. But I must have done something right to be honoured by our government,’ added the actress, who, after creating magic on the silver screen in the 1980s and 1990s, tied the knot with producer Boney Kapoor in 1996 and quit movies.

There had been a profound sense of dismay when earlier during the month Sridevi seemed to have missed out on the popular awards for her stellar performance in English Vinglish.

But the actress of timeless movies like Sadma, Lamhe and Chandni said: ‘At this stage in my life and career, I don’t hanker for any awards. But the Padma Shri is special. It shows that the government has recognised my work, and that feels good. Acknowledgement and recognition from authoritative quarters are important to every artiste.’

Though Sri, 49, is not going to go out of her way to seek acting assignments at this stage, she is still enthusiastic about her career.

‘I started young when I was six. But I don’t feel I’ve been acting for so many years. I still approach every film and role like it’s my first. Though English Vinglish was my director Gauri Shinde’s debut film, I felt like a newcomer as much as she did.

‘It is very important for an artiste to be excited about her work in every phase of her career,’ she said.
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