Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh on December 13, 2015 described veteran actor Dilip Kumar as ‘precious gem’ of not just the cinema world but entire India. “Shri Dilip Kumar has created such a niche for himself over the last 40-50 years, that almost every artiste regards him as a role model” the Home Minister added. He was speaking after presenting the Padma Vibhushan award to Dilip Kumar at his residence in Pali Hill Mumbai.
Shri Rajnath further said “Shri Dilip Kumar was receiving the Padma Vibhushan Award at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in April. But due to his ill health, he could not attend that ceremony. And hence, I have come to Mumbai today to deliver the Padma Vibhushan award on behalf of the President of India”, Shri Rajnath Singh said.
The Home Minister handed over the Padma Vibhushan medallion, the citation and a shawl in the presence of the Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C Vidyasagar Rao and the Maharshtra Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis. Close family members and well wishers of Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu were also present.
Ms Saira Banu said “it has been a momentous occasion for the family and we are happy that India’s Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh personally came to Mumbai to present the award.”
Padma Vibhushan Award for Shri Mohammad Yusuf Khan or Dilip Kumar was announced on the Republic Day of 2015 for his exceptional and distinguished service.