Veteran actor and PIFAA brand ambassador Dharmendra was conferred with the Padma Bhushan award by President Pratibha Patil in New Delhi on April 4. Speaking with Rajinder Saini, CEO of Parvasi Media Group, in an interview that aired Wednesday on Parvasi radio, Dharmendra said he was very happy that India has bestowed this honour on him.
He said he is a very simple man from a down-to-earth family and although he deeply misses his parents on occasions such as this, he is excited to share his joy with all the Punjabis across the world.
Dharmendra will be in Toronto on April 10th to kickoff the PIFAA awards around the festive occasion of Vaisakhi. PIFAA tickets will go on sale during the same time.
The true blue Punjab da puttar believes that no matter where a Punjabi lives in the world, he will always carry Punjab in his heart. “I live in Maharashtra but my heart is Punjabi,” he told Mr Saini in his interview. As PIFAA’s brand ambassador, Dharmendra requested all Punjabis in Canada from India and Pakistan to “take pride in the first-ever Punjabi International Film Academy Awards (August 3-6, 2012) and make it a successful event.”
Dharmendra will be accompanied with other high profile film personalities such as well-known actor Om Puri, music director Jaidev Kumar, film director Navniat Singh, and popular Punjabi actress Neeru Bajwa.