New Delhi, April 1 -- After being a part of the film industry and wearing various hats - that of a writer, poet, lyricist and an advertising guru, Prasoon Joshi feels honoured at being conferred the Padma Shri.
The 43-year-old, who received the award in the Capital on Monday, from President Pranab Mukherjee, has dedicated this award to his parents, who were also present at the ceremony.
"How I feel after receiving this honour is governed by what my parents felt when I received the award. I feel at this age, this was the greatest gift I could've given to my parents," says Prasoon.
He also attributes this glory to his wife Aparna Joshi, who he says has supported him throughout. "My wife has encouraged me along the way. I don't think that I would have reached where I am today, had it not been for her," he says.
The fact that his parents never burdened him with their expectations is what made him who he is, says Prasoon. "They never burdened me with unfulfilled expectations. They always showered unconditional love. I could experiment with my life," says Prasoon, who made his foray into Bollywood with Rajkumar Santoshi's Lajja (2001) as a lyricist.
After spending more than a decade in the industry, Prasoon prioritises people's appreciation over awards. "I feel that awards in our profession come from people's reactions first. I feel that our profession does not need awards unlike sports, where you need medals to advance," he says.
However, success is something that Prasoon feels is best gauged by oneself. "These awards are milestones in life. I feel that the only barometer of your work is your own consciousness. You need to ask yourself if you are proud of what you have done. I know that I have to eventually answer myself," he concludes.