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Shashi Kapoor bags Dadasaheb Phalke Award; third one for the filmy family

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The Indian government conferred the 46th Dadasaheb Phalke Award to veteran film actor and producer Shri Shashi Kapoor, for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the Indian Cinema. The award consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh and a shawl.

A jury of five eminent film personalities set up by the government after due deliberations, unanimously recommended Shashi Kapoor’s name for the prestigious award.

Born in 1938, Shashi Kapoor is a well-known actor and producer from the famous Kapoor family, a film dynasty in Bollywood cinema. Shashi Kapoor is the third person to receive the prestigious award from the same family after Raj Kapoor and Prithvi Raj Kapoor.

Shashi Kapoor is the younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. From the age of four, Shashi Kapoor acted in plays directed and produced by his father Prithviraj Kapoor, while travelling with Prithvi Theatre. He started acting in films as a child in the late 1940s. His best known performances as child artist were in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), where he played the younger version of the character played by his elder brother Raj Kapoor. Shri Shashi Kapoor also worked as Assistant Director in the 1950s.

Shashi Kapoor made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film Dharmputra and went on to appear in more than 100 Hindi films. He was a very popular actor in Bollywood during the 60s, 70s and until the mid 80s.

Shashi Kapoor was one of India’s first actors to go international. He is known internationally for starring in many British and American films, notably Merchant Ivory Proudctions run by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, such as The Householder (1963), Shakespeare Wallah (1965), Bombay Talkie (1970) and Heat and Dust (1982). He also starred in other British and American films such as Siddhartha (1972) and Muhafiz (1994).

In 1978, Shri Shashi Kapoor set up his production house Film Valas which produced critically acclaimed films such as Junoon (1978), Kalyug (1981), 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981), Vijeta (1982) and Utsav (1984). He also produced and directed a fantasy film titled Ajooba which had Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in the lead role.

In 2011, Shashi Kapoor was honoured with Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India. He is also a recipient of three National Film Awards.

Hon’ble Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley has conveyed his congratulations on the occasion.

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65th National Awards honoured Sridevi and Vinod Khanna posthumously

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Sridevi and Vinod Khanna

Film director Shekhar Kapoor announced the winners of 65th National Awards in New Delhi on Friday. Assamese film Village Rockstars has bagged the best film award, For his contribution to Indian cinema.

Vinod Khanna is being conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke award.Bahubali 2 won the award for best popular film for providing wholesale entertainment.

Sridevi won the best actress award posthumously for Mom. Riddhi Sen bagged the award for Best Actor for his performance in Bengali film Nagarkirtan. Divya Dutta won Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in film Irada. The best supporting actor has been given to Fahad Fazil for Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum.

Vinod Khanna got conferred with this award.
Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

Newton has been awarded the best Hindi film.

Music maestro AR Rahman has won the best background score for MomWater baby has been adjudged the best non-feature film on the year.

Yesudas has been named the best male playback award for “Poy Maranja Kalam” in  the movie Viswasapoorvam Mansoor. The award for best female playback award has been given to Shashaa Tirupati for “Vaan” in  Kaatru Veliyidai.  Best Director award has been given to Jayaraj for Malayalam film Bhayanakam.

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This year the jury headed by Shekhar Kapoor had Imtiaz Hussain, Mehboob, Gautami Tadimalla, P Sheshadri, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Ranjit Das, Rajesh Mapuskar, Tripurari Sharma and Rumi Jaffrey as members. The award will be conferred on May 3 by President Ram Nath Kovind. IANS

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