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After being announced as one of the recipients of the Padma Shri award this year, actor Manoj Bajpayee is happy that no one has abused him for receiving the award yet.

There have been quite a few instances in the past where people have criticised the government’s choice on social media when it comes to conferring Padma Shri to an individual. But Manoj feels he is an exception to that.

Sharing his feelings about the announcement, Manoj said, “My friends, family and relatives are very happy with it. I have observed that no one has abused me on the social media up till now. No one has even created any controversy when my name was announced as one of the awardees of the Padma Shri, so I am very happy. It’s a good thing when you get an honour and nobody has raised an objection against it.”

The actor has received two national awards and several accolades. Manoj has worked in several critically acclaimed films like Aligarh, Gangs of Wasseypur, Satya, Kaun, Shool, Zubeidaa Rajneeti, LoC Kargil and Veer Zaara among others.

Apparently, actor Anupam Kher was the first one who shared the good news with Manoj. He said, “I didn’t know how to react on this news because I wasn’t expecting that something like this is going to happen. Suddenly, before going to sleep at night, when Anupam Kher sir told me about it, I freezed. He must be wondering why I didn’t responded in joyful manner because honestly, I didn’t understand how to react to it.”

Talking about his upcoming film Sonchiriya, Manoj said, “I think we have made a really good film. I have been a huge admirer of director Abhishek Chaubey’s work and I feel fortunate to work with him. I have played a small role in the film, but it’s a really good role which he has offered to me. I hope people appreciate my role in the film.”

Set in Chambal, Sonchiriya is a crime thriller starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Ranvir Shorey and Ashutosh Rana.

The movie is scheduled to hit the theatres  on March 1, 2019.

(With IANS Inputs)

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