Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan has made a huge revelation about his intention to return the Padma Shri award that he was conferred upon in 2010 by the then UPA government. His revelation came on a chat show hosted by Arbaaz Khan, who read out some ‘mean tweets’ posted by his haters targeting the Sacred Games star.
One such tweet, read out by Arbaaz, called him a thug and alleged that Saif had bought his Padma Shri award.
“Two bit thug, I’m not… Bought a Padma Shri is also not possible. It is beyond me to bribe the Indian government. You will have to ask more senior people. But I thought I don’t want to accept it. There are so many senior actors in the industry who deserved it even more than me, and had not gotten one…and it was very embarassing. And of course, there are some people who have it, I feel deserve it less than me also,” news agency IANS quoted him as saying.
So, what prompted him to change his mind? Saif said that it was his late father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who persuaded him to not react to the criticism from a section of his critics.
“I wanted to give it back. I didn’t want to accept it. My father said to me, ‘I don’t think you are in a position to refuse the Indian government.’ So I said ‘okay’ and I very happily took it,” Saif added.
Saif has often found himself being attacked by right-wing trolls, who slammed him for naming his child Taimur. Speaking to a TV channel, Saif’s wife, Kareena Kapoor Khan, had revealed last year that the former was ready to change the child’s name from Taimur to Faiz, but ‘I was not going to succumb to public pressure.’
Kareena had said that just like his name’s meaning, Taimur will grow up to be an ‘Iron Man.’