In a startling revelation, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari has claimed that veteran Bollywood actress Asha Parekh had come to him seeking to be recommended for the Padma Bhushan saying that she was ‘entitled’ for one.
Addressing an event in Nagpur, Gadkari said the 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.
“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.
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.