Jayaram was filming a crucial scene with Mohanlal and Dileep for Rafi Mecartin's comedy film China Town at Ramoji Rao Studios in Hyderabad on Tuesday afternoon. He was surprised, when superstar Mohanlal reveled the news about his selection for Padma Shri award. He could not believe his ears thinking that he was pulling his leg.
The Mollywood star is very happy to receive the Padma Shri award, the highest civilian award given by the Government of India. "It is a recognition of my work as an artist, percussionist, chenda player and mimicry artist. For a person like me, it is the ultimate recognition. I just can't ask for more!" the Time of India quotes him as saying.
However, Jayaram has acted in nearly 200 films including both Tamil and Malayalam in his 25-years career. He has received several state awards from both Kerala and Tamil Nadu, but for the first time, he is being honoured with national level recognition like Padma Shri.