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Updated: January 26, 2014 01:37 IST

Overjoyed, overwhelmed: Vidya Balan

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National award-winning actor Vidya Balan is thrilled at being selected for the Padma Shri, saying it is a matter of “great pride” for her.

Dedicating the honour to her family, an emotionally overwhelmed Ms Balan said: “I’m thrilled. I’m overjoyed. I’m overwhelmed. I’m honoured. I’m humbled ...! I’m running out of words to express my feelings and gratitude.”

Ms Balan is known for her portrayal of strong female protagonists in films like Paa, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture and Kahaani.

“To be receiving this honour from the government of my country is a matter of great pride for me and I dedicate this award to my family who make me, me!,” she went to add.

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