Megastar Amitabh Bachchan admitted that he is honoured to be chosen for the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award of the country, and overwhelmed by the affection of the people.
The 72-year-old national award winning actor, who is also the recipient of the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree, said he has no words to express his gratitude.
"The Government of India has decorated me today with the highest Padma Award of the country, the Padma Vibhushan...I have no words to express my gratitude to the powers that be and am most humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity of the people that decide or sit on judgement on this...'" Bachchan posted on his blog early this morning.
The Shahenshah of the Hindi silver screen said that with this honour, his family now has seven such awards of the highest national acclaim. "My Father: Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan. Jaya: Padma Shree, Aishwarya: Padma Shree, AB: Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan. In one family this must be perhaps the only reference or case in the country," Bachchan wrote.
The actor thanked his fans for making him what he is today. "I feel blessed and honoured, fortunate and humbled, overwhelmed and submerged by the affection and love of the people...," Bachchan said.
This year, the megastar will continue to regale Bollywood lovers with movies like 'Shamitabh', 'Piku' and 'Wazir'.