Manoj Kumar to be conferred Dadasaheb Phalke Award

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Veteran Bollywood star Manoj Kumar, best known for featuring in films with patriotic themes, as Purab Aur Paschim, Upkar and Kranti, has been selected for the prestigious 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2015, the highest official recognition in Indian cinema. A five-member jury comprising Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Salim Khan, Nitin Mukesh and Anup Jalota unanimously recommended Kumar’s name for the award.

Facts about Manoj Kumar

♦ Manoj Kumar was born as Harikishan Giri Goswami on 24 July 1937 in Abbottabad, a town in the North-West Frontier Province of, Pakistan, then part of British India. At the age of 10, his family had to flee to Delhi due to the partition. His family lived as refugees in Vijay Nagar, Kingsway Camp, New Delhi.

♦ After graduating from Hindu College, University of Delhi, he decided to enter the film industry. is debut role as an actor was in the film Fashion (1957) and as a leading role was in film Kaanch Ki Gudia (1960). 

♦ His image as the patriotic hero started with the 1965 film “Shaheed”, based on the life of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. After the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965, Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri asked him to create a film based on the popular slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kissan” following which Manoj Kumar made his directorial debut, “Upkar” (1967).

♦ "Upkar" was a great success and the film helped him to bag the National Film Award he was so much motivated by the success of the film that he shifted focus to acting and directing films with patriotic themes so much so that fans started calling him ‘Bharat Kumar’.

♦ Manoj Kumar is remembered for his films Hariyali Aur Raasta, Himalaya Ki God Mein, Woh Kaun Thi, Do Badan, Patthar Ke Sanam, Upkaar, Neel Kamal, Purab Aur Paschim, Roti Kapda Aur Makaan, and Kranti.

Awards and Honours: He was  honoured with the Padma Shri,the fourth highest civilian award, in 1992, National Film Award for Upkaar in 1968, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. 

Dadasaheb Phalke Award

♦ Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest award in cinema conferred by the Union Government on person for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema.

♦ The award was  introduced by the Government of India in 1969 to commemorate the birth centenary year of father of Indian cinema Dadasaheb Phalke.

♦ It is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

♦ The award is given on the basis of recommendations of a committee of eminent personalities set up by the Centre. The Award consists of a Swarn Kamal, a cash prize of 10 lakhs rupees and a shawl.

♦ The Award consists of a Swarn Kamal, a cash prize of 10 lakhs rupees and a shawl. It is given on the basis of recommendations of a committee of eminent personalities set up by the Centre.

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