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'Padma Shri is not something I expected'

By SUBHASH K JHA
November 13, 2021 13:54 IST
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'Honestly, it is not something I expected at all. Not after the way things have been going.'

IMAGE: Sonu Sood. Photograph: Kind courtesy Sonu Sood/Instagram
 

If Sonu Sood feels any disappointment at not being included in the list of Padma awardees for his philanthropic work during the pandemic, then he is hiding it effectively.

Responding to the disappointment expressed on social media by his supporters to his absence from the list of National Award winners, Sonu Sood tells Subhash K Jha, "Honestly, it is not something I expected at all. Not after the way things have been going."

Sonu's premises were subjected to an income-tax raid a few months ago.

Without mentioning the incident, he says, "For me, the biggest award is the love of the people. Even as we connect now, there are hordes of people waiting to meet me below my home."

Sonu says he will continue to help the needy without any expectations of reward or award.

"As long as people come to me for help, I will be here to do all I can for them. It doesn't matter whether my efforts are acknowledged or not. I am not doing it for recognition.

"Lekin, Sir, jo raat ko chain ki neend sotha hoon, usska main bayaan nahin kar sakta (I can't describe the peaceful sleep I enjoy every night)."

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