According to industry sources, the actress recently returned after shooting for Shah Rukh Khan starrer 'Ra.One' in Goa, and did not want Saif to be alone in his moment of glory.
Saif's parents cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore were out of town and did not attend the ceremony.
The actor received the Padma Shri from President Pratibha Patil.
Saif wore a white sherwani while the actress wore an off-white coloured outfit designed by Manish Malhotra.
Bronze Medalist Boxer Vijender Singh and renowned actress Rekha were also awarded.