Mohanlal received both Padma Awards on sets of Priyadarshan movies
Director Priyadarshan congratulated actor Mohanlal on his achievement of the third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan. He shared his feelings on a Facebook post mentioning that Mohanlal received both Padma Awards on the sets of Priyadarshan movies; Padma Shri on the set of ‘Kakkakuyil’ and Padma Bhushan on the set of ‘Marakkar’.
‘Congratulations dear Lalu, on this fantabulous achievement. You deserve this honour and I'm really overjoyed. We heard the news of the ‘Padma Shri' being awarded to you during 'Kakkakuyil's shoot in Hyderabad. And years after, we get to hear of you being honoured with the 'Padma Bhushan', during 'Marakkar's shoot in the same place. Ever since our childhood together, we have been lucky enough to see such heartwarming blessings coming our way. I wish the same happens in our years ahead too, and I thank The Almighty for it,’ he said in the post.
Mohanlal is the first Malayalam film actor after Prem Nazir to receive a Padma Bhushan. It was in 1983, Prem Nazir was honoured with Padma Bhushan. Later, singer Yesudas received Padma Bhushan in 2002. Five Malayalis were selected for the Padma Awards this year. Apart from Mohanlal, ISRO former scientist Nambi Narayanan, musician K. G. Jayan, archaeologist K. K. Muhammed and Sivagiri Matt chief Vishuddhananda were honoured with Padma Awards.