Salim Khan Rejects Padma Shri
When I heard that my name is on the Padma awards list, I thought that I'm finally getting what I deserve. But when I came to know that the ministry has chosen me for Padma Shri, I felt it does not match my status and work. I deserve more than that.
Even my erstwhile partner, Javed Akhtar, has received both a Padma Shri and a Padma Bhushan." He was also quoted as saying in reports that it would be wrong on his part to accept a Padma Bhushan also now.
He said, "It would set a wrong precedent. Awards are a good incentive for young people as recognition and appreciation for their work. But for me, the excitement has long ebbed. I have never craved awards."