Akshay Kumar hails Padma for Rajesh Khanna

Updated: Jan 26, 2013, 14:41 PM IST

Mumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar is delighted that his father-in-law, the late actor Rajesh Khanna, has been posthumously honoured with the Padma Bhushan, India`s third highest civilian honour.

"I am really very happy. I am obliged that the government has recognised my father-in-law`s work. I am extremely happy," said Akshay, who is married to Rajesh Khanna`s elder daughter Twinkle.

The awards were announced Friday.

Rajesh Khanna, fondly known as Kaka, began his career with `Aakhri Khat` in 1966. In a career spanning five decades, he became a superstar like no other with hits like `Aradhana`, `Do Raaste`, `Safar` and `Anand`.

He passed away in July 2012 following prolonged illness. He was 69.