Veteran actor Chiranjeevi was recently felicitated by Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy, days after it was announced that he would be honoured with the Padma Vibhushan. At the event, an emotional Chiranjeevi revealed that though he told his family he “felt good” about the honours, he “was much happier after receiving the Padma Bhushan award.”
In his speech, the actor said, “People in my house asked me how I felt after receiving the Padma Vibhushan, and I said I felt good. But, truth be told, I was much happier after receiving the Padma Bhushan award. After so many years, I was awarded the Padma Vibhushan and I was not at all excited. Sure, I was happy and I knew that I had to acknowledge this award with dignity and respect, and I did that.”
The actor also said, “But it was truly the support that I got after receiving the award that made my heart fill with joy. So many people came forward to congratulate me. From people in the cinema industry, people from various organizations and associations to the politicians seated here at this event. It is the love that was showered upon me in this last week or so that gave me so much more happiness than actually receiving the award.”
Taking to his X account, Chiranjeevi posted, “My hearty thanks to the Govt of Telangana, Hon’ble Chief Minister @revanth_anumula garu, Dy. CM Shri @Bhatti_Mallu garu & Hon’ble ministers for warmly felicitating me along with Shri @MVenkaiahNaidu garu and all the wonderful ‘Padma’ Awardees this morning. This sets a great precedent and serves as an acknowledgment and huge encouragement for the Padma Awardees from Telugu states. @TelanganaCMO.”
On the eve of this year's Republic Day, Chiranjeevi was conferred Padma Vibhushan. He had expressed his gratitude for the love and affection of his fans and people. "After hearing this news, I became speechless. I'm really overwhelmed. I am humbled and grateful for this honour. It's only the unconditional and invaluable love of the people, audiences, fans, my blood brothers and blood sisters that allowed me to reach here. I owe my life and this moment to you. I always try to express my gratitude in ways that I can, though I know I can never do enough," he had said.
On the work front, the actor began shooting for his upcoming film ‘Vishwambhara.’