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NEW DELHI, Jan. 26, 2024 (TBINN)

Indian cinema veterans Vyjayantimala, Chiranjeevi, Mithun Chakraborty, singer Usha Uthup and composer Pyarelal Sharma were among 132 recipients of the coveted Padma Awards for the year 2024 announced on the eve of Republic Day.

Vyjayantimala, aged 90 and Chiranjeevi, aged 68, have been bestowed with Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour awarded for exceptional and distinguished service.

Regarded as one of Indian cinema’s finest actors, Vyjayantimala starred in many classics from 1950s and 1960s, including “Devdas”, “Naya Daur”, “Aasha”, “Sadhna”, “Gunga Jumna”, “Sangam” and “Jewel Thief”. She was awarded Padma Shri in 1968.

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