Veteran actor Manoj Kumar has been named for the Dadasaheb Phalke award this year, for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.
Manoj Kumar, a name best known for acting in and directing films on themes of patriotism, has been known by the more-popular epithet, ‘Bharat Kumar’. Films like Woh Kaun Thi?, Roti Kapda Aur Makan, Kranti are all gems from Kumar. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year has been announced for veteran actor Manoj Kumar. The Dadasaheb Phalke award is India’s highest award in cinema. This year, Kumar will be honoured for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema over the years.
The award is given on the basis of recommendations of a committee of eminent personalities set up by the Centre. This year, a five-member jury comprising Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Salim Khan, Nitin Mukesh and Anup Jalota unanimously recommended Kumar’s name for the award. Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley spoke to Kumar Friday and congratulated him.
In a statement to the press, Kumar said, “It is after about six decades that the government has recognised my efforts and contribution to Indian cinema. I am honoured today and fondly remember Raj Kapoor sahab and Raj Khosla ji. They would have been the happiest, had they been around.” In 1992, Kumar was honoured with the Padma Shri.