The Tamil Nadu state government has asked the Centre to bestow the second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, to Universal hero Kamal Hassan. The legendary actor has already got the Padma Shri award for his contributions to Indian cinema. This move by state government apparently came out as a surprise for Kamal fans, who were upset with the state CM for troubling the actor during Viswaroopam's release.
Sources said among the names that had been suggested by the Directorate of Film Festivals for the Padma Vibhushan awards were a noted Malayalam actor Mammooty and Late Singer Manna Dey, which are being considered by the Ministry for recommendation.
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