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Yesteryear actress Asha Parekh lobbied for Padma Bhushan: Nitin Gadkari

India TV Entertainment Desk 03 Jan 2016, 13:47:29 IST
India TV Entertainment Desk

Nagpur: In a revelation that may embarrass yesteryear actress Asha Parekh, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari has claimed that 73 year old actress had approached him to seek recommendation for Padma Bhushan saying that she was entitled for one.

"Film actor Asha Parekh came to me for recommending her name for Padma Bhushan. The lift of my apartment was not functioning properly, so she climbed 12 floors to meet me in person and I really felt bad about it," the minister said while addressing an event in Nagpur on Saturday.

Gadkari also added that giving out awards was creating a 'headache' these days and that he was being 'chased' for recommendations and that the celebrated actress had done the same.

Gadkari added that Parekh said that she was entitled for the Padma Bhushan due to her massive contribution in Indian film industry.

Parekh was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award in 2014 and in 1992 she was awarded the Padma Shri.