Mumbai: Breaking his silence over Padma awards, veteran Bollywood actor-writer Kader Khan found flattering" people in Lutyens' Delhi could be one of the reasons behind his colleagues getting the honour.
The actor has raised question over Padma Award to celebrities like Anupam Kher. He sounded especially upset with actor Anupam Kher, and asked what has he done except singing praises for (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi.
Other than Kher, Rajinikanth, Priyanka Chopra, Madhur Bhandarkar, SS Rajamouli, Udit Narayan and Malini Awasthi made it to the list of Padama award this year.
"It's good that they did not give me a Padma Shri. I have neither flattered anyone in my life, nor will I ever. I don't want these awards if they have been given to people (in the industry) who got it this time," Khan was quoted as saying.
"I am not contesting the government's decision of conferring him with the award but the only thing I want to know is the credentials that I lacked for it (the award)," Khan, who termed audiences' love for him the biggest honour, said.
According to him, an award is a no big thing, but its importance lies in the people it has been conferred upon. Earlier, there was a certain honesty in these awards but it's not the same case now.
People have now forgotten to respect others and have become way too selfish. I would think that I was not as capable as those who were chosen for the Padma awards this year. I, however, thank all those who proposed my name for it."
The central government on January 25 announced the list of Padma awardees.
OneIndia News (With agency inputs)