On January 26, 2020, before the covid crises Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar, and Kangana Ranaut were conferred with the fourth highest civilian honour, Padma Shri Award. But due to the Pandemic, the awardees were not felicitated with the trophy. According to a source, we have learned that Ekta and Karan will be attending the award ceremony in New Delhi on November 8.
The source said, “It’s a government function and the invitations have already been sent to the winners. The two are all excited to receive the prestigious award from the officials for their excellence in the field of performing arts. The source also revealed that Ekta Kapoor’s father Jitendra will be also attending the ceremony. “The filmmaker wants her father to witness the prestigious moment live. All the requisite formalities are completed,” revealed the source.
Back in 2020, Ekta had spoken about her Padma Shri win. “Overwhelmed & Emotional! My foray into the industry started when I was just 17. I constantly heard I was ‘too young’, ‘too raw’ and it was ‘too soon’ to make things happen. Through the years I’ve realized it’s never ‘too soon’ to live out your dreams and being ‘too young’ is probably the best thing. Today, as I’m conferred with the 4th highest civilian honor- ‘Padmashri’, I’m humbled.”
Back to the time, Karan Johar had shared his reaction after his big win in an interview with a leading newspaper, “I was shocked! I was trying to call my mother to speak to my kids while scouting for locations for Takht in a forest in Italy but couldn’t get through. I walked around exasperatedly in search of reception when suddenly the phone rang. I don’t usually answer calls from unknown numbers but thank God I answered this one. It was from the ministry. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. I managed to thank them but after the call ended, I went numb. I was standing there alone, when this news dropped. I called my mother despite the terrible network. She broke down when I told her I’d got the Padma Shri.”