Veteran TV Actor, Sarita Joshi, a household name that reverberated ever since her debut as a child artist in TV show “Titliyan” which aired in the 80s, just added another feather in her hat. She has been conferred with the fourth highest civilian award in the country, the Padma Shri.
The Padma Shri this year, is being awarded to a total of 118 personalities in diverse fields of art, literature, trade and industry, science & technology, medicine, sports, social work and public affairs.
Some of her most iconic works include shows like "Hasratein", "Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka", "Baa Bahoo Aur Baby" and "Bh Se Bhade". Sarita Joshi, now 78, has also shared screen in movies like "Nazar", "Darna Zaroori Hai", "Dasvidaniya", "Singham Returns" and "Simmba". She was bestowed with the Sangeet Natak Akademi award for acting in Gujarati in 1988.
In one of her interviews, humbled by the news, she says that she feels wonderful as the dedication and professionalism she has given to her work is now being reciprocated with this amazing title. It must feel great to receive the amount of love she is getting right now. She says that she never worked for the awards, but because she saw the beauty in acting at an early age and has ploughed her way ever since. She says she is happy because her children are. After all she is Padma Shri Sarita Joshi now.
Apart from Sarita, one more name that appears in the list is of the daughter of actor Jeetendra, Ekta Kapoor., who entered showbiz with soap operas, most memorable one being "Kyunki Saas Bhi Bahu Thi”. After launching her banner of Balaji Telefilms in 1994 and backing many popular shows eventually entered the movie production business. Ekta, 44, has produced films such as "Love Sex Aur Dhoka", "Once Upon a Time in Mumbai", "The Dirty Picture", "Udta Punjab" and "Veere Di Wedding". Ekta, submergerd in congratulatory messages on social media platforms, was seen thanking her fans and media fraternity on twitter and facebook.