Veteran actor Pran receives Dadasaheb Pahlke Award at home
Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Minister Manish Tewari on Friday personally presented the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement to veteran actor Pran Kishan Sikand, popularly known as Pran, at his residence in Mumbai.
The Minister had flown down to Mumbai especially for this purpose.
The veteran actor was unable to travel to New Delhi for the National Film Awards function held on May 3.
Pran was presented the coveted award, comprising of a Swarn Kamal, Citation, Shawl and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.
Speaking on the occasion, Tewari said: "It is an honour for me to present this award to Pran saab in person, in the Centenary year of the Indian Cinema."
He said Pran was one of the most deserving persons to get the award.
The Minister was accompanied by I & B Secretary Uday Kumar Varma and senior officials of the ministry.
Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest award in cinema, given annually by the Government of India to recognize the contribution of film personalities towards the development of Indian cinema and for their distinguished contribution to the growth and promotion of the medium.
Pran is the 44th recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award that was instituted in 1969, the birth centenary year Dadasaheb Phalke, considered to be the Father of Indian Cinema.
The veteran actor has given sterling performances in many films along with Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor in 1950s 60s and 70s.
Pran's performances have received acclaim in films like AZAAD, MADHUMATI, DEVDAS, DIL DIYA DARD LIYA, RAM AUR SHYAM, AADMI, ZIDDI, MUNIMJI, AMAR DEEP, JAB PYAR KISI SE HOTA HAI, AAH, CHORI CHORI, JAGTE RAHO, CHHALIA, JIS DESH MEN GANGA BEHTI HAI, ZANJEER etc. The list is long.
Born in the year 1920 in Old Delhi, Pran started his career way back in 1940.
He first ventured into photography but a chance meeting with a film producer got him his first role in a film called YAMLA JAT.
He has acted in over 400 films in a career spanning six decades. And in each one of them, he brought new mannerism and style, holding the audience spell bound by his acting.
In 2001, the Government of India had honoured Pran with the Padma Bhushan award.