Actor Manoj Bajpayee has been conferred with the fourth highest civilian award – Padma Shri by President Ram Nath Kovind. The actor received the prestigious award on Saturday, March 16 in Delhi. His father, brother and wife Shabana were present on the occasion.

Manoj now talked about receiving the award. He said that when an actor like him receives an award, it just doesn’t belong to him but to the journey of many people who have been immensely dedicated to their craft for long. Releasing an official statement thanking his fans and well-wishers for supporting him and standing up for his talent,  he said, “I’m privileged & honoured to receive such a prestigious award for all my film work. I’m grateful and humbled at the same time and I thank each & everyone who has ever appreciated and applauded the efforts that I put into my films.”

Manoj added, “I have been ecstatic since the announcement of the Padma Shri and feel very honoured. My family, my friends, my fans, all of them have been sending their congratulations and love from across the Globe. When a performance is judged on the basis of excellence it’s truly amazing and the feeling of victory is so much sweeter.”

The actor, who was last seen in recently released film Sonchiriya, seemed emotional and expressed that he has always worked ‘tirelessly’ to achieve perfection at work. He said, “This is not an honor for Manoj Bajpayee the actor only but it’s an honour for the journey of a conviction and the belief with which I have tirelessly worked towards my goal. I would really like to thank each and everyone who has contributed to this journey, my career and my life.”

The other recipients of the prestigious honour from the film industry this year were Malayalam actor Mohanlal Viswanathan, late actor Kader Khan, choreographer Prabhu Deva and singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan Narayan.