‘I was embarassed and wanted to return Padma Shri’

Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, who was honoured and felicitated with Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, in 2010, says that he wanted to return the award. It is because the actor was brutally trolled and accused of buying the award.

During his recent appearance on Arbaaz Khan’s chat show ‘Pinch’, the actor was asked to read out some mean tweets on him. On asking about the incident of buying a Padma Shri, Saif that it is a bit beyond his capacity to bribe the Indian government. ”You will have to ask more senior people,” he said. He added that he considered returning it because he felt other contenders were much more deserving than him.

“I thought I don’t want to accept it because there are people in this industry who deserve it so much more than me. There were so many senior actors who hadn’t got one and it was very embarrassing,” he said. However, his father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi told him that he was not in a position to reject an honour bestowed upon him by the government. “I wanted to give it back. I didn’t want to accept it. My father said to me, ‘I don’t think you are in a position to refuse the Indian government.’ So I said okay and I very happily took it,” he said.

Known for his best sense of humour, Saif entertained Pinch chat show with many wit replies. One of the tweets asked him why he wore a stupid, dull, plain and white kurta to Sonam’s wedding to which he replied, “It was her wedding, not mine”.


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