In arts category, legendary Bollywood actor late Rajesh Khanna, filmmaker Ramesh Shippy of Sholay fame and singer Kailash Kher may get padma awards in 2013 Republic Day. The information and broadcasting ministry has recommended names of the above three people from entertainment world. Rajesh Khann's name has been recommended for Padma Vibhushan and the other two have been recommended for Padma Shri.
Normally Padma awards are not conferred posthumously but this time there may be an exception. Last year music director and singer Bhupen Hazarika was conferred with Padma Vibhushan posthumously.
Many Bollywood actors and actresses have received padma awards earlier. The list of names is not too short: Dharmendra, Dev Anand, Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Hema Malini and Waheeda Rehman have recieved padma awards earlier but Rajesh Khanna's name was never considered due to any unknown reason. Rajesh Khanna was also Congress MP from New Delhi constituency from 1992 to 1996.
The final decision over padma awards will be taken by Padma Awards Committee. Rajesh Khanna was the first super star in Hindi films but during the last stage of his life, Rajesh was very much alone. No one bothered to contact the stylish hero - even through phone. Lets hope the actor would get the padma award.