Salim Khan said he deserves more than the Padma award and it is too late to honour him with the award as his junior and former partner Javed Akhtar has already received both the 'Padma Shri' and 'Padma Bhushan'. Khan also said previous government ignored his work and therefore he refused to accept the award.

"Refused is too harsh a word since I have nothing against the awards. I just think that after 55 years and over 40 films, I deserve more than a Padma Shri for my contributions to Hindi cinema, given that my juniors have already got it years before. Even my erstwhile partner, Javed Akhtar, has received both Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan," Salim Khan said.

He believes the award doesn't match with his work and status, considering his contributions to the Bollywood.

"For years, the Central government has been ignoring me, honouring a number of my peers as well as juniors in the industry. Some three days ago, when I heard that my name is on the Padma awards list, I thought that I'm finally getting what I deserve. But when I came to know that the ministry has chosen me for Padma Shri, I felt it does not match my status and work," he added.

The scriptwriter thanked the present government and said, "I am thankful that ruling dispensation thought about me, while the previous ones had ignored me. But tell me if someone of my stature should accept Padma Shri that has come so late?"

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