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Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor was chosen to be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. It is one of the most prestigious honour that has been rewarded to celebrities who have made an outstanding contribution to the Indian cinema. The awardee is selected by a committee that includes eminent people from the Indian film industry. Shashi Kapoor is a recipient of three national awards and Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Awards in the past. He is the third member of the Kapoor Family to be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award after Prithviraj Kapoor (1971) and Raj Kapoor (1987). (ALSO READ: Shashi Kapoor to be honoured with Dada Saheb Phalke Award) Also Read - Rajinikanth Thanks His Bus Driver, And Friend Kamal Haasan in Heartfelt Note on Receiving Dadasaheb Phalke Award
Dadasaheb Phalke Award was an honour by Indian Government to pay tribute to the contributions made by Dadasaheb Phalke to the Indian cinema. Phalke, the father of Indian Cinema, was first Indian to make a full-length feature film, Raja Harishchandra. Shashi Kapoor is the 62th celebrity to receive the honour. Here, we list the top 5 celebrities who received the honour in the past. (ALSO READ: Shashi Kapoor to receive Dada Saheb Phalke Award; Twitterati congratulates the veteron actor!) Also Read - Breaking: Rajinikanth to Receive Dadasaheb Phalke Award, PM Modi Congratulates Thalaiva
1. Yash Chopra:
Yash Chopra has left behind a legacy with his series of romantic films. He was the founders of YRF (Yash Raj Films) which went on to produce more than 50 films. His elder son, Aditya Chopra, now manages his production house. Yash Chopra received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the year 2001. Some of his best films include Silsila, Deewar, Dil To Pagal Hai and Veer-Zaara, among others.
2. Dev Anand:
The late actor-producer was counted as one of the most influential actors in Indian Cinema. In his career of 65 years, Dev Anand has acted in over 114 films. He also did two English films; The Evil Within and Guide (English version). Dev Anand has received numerous awards and honours, which include Padma Bhushan award, Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and Dadasaheb Phalke Award, among others.
3. Lata Mangeshkar:
The 85- year old singer and Music composer began her career at the age of 13. Regarded as the Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar has recorded more than 1000 songs in her 70 years of career. Lata Didi, as she is lovingly called as, has several awards and honours to her credit. She is the second vocalist to receive the Bharat Ratna Award.
Died at the age of 93, Pran was a multiple Filmfare and BFJA award-winning Indian actor. Popular for his negative roles, he has appeared in more than 350 films. Pran’s best performing role can be seen in films, such as Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai, Zanjeer, Don, Amar Akbar Anthony and Johny Mera Naam. The Indian Government honoured the veteran actor with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2013.
Gulzar was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award at the 61st National Film Awards Ceremony. The renowned poet, lyricist and director also received the Padma Bhushan in 2004. Gulzar’s best written songs include Aanewala Pal Jaane Wala Hain, Tere Bina Zindagi Se, Tujhse Naraaz Nahin Zindagi, Ae Ajnabi, Tere Bina and Dheere Jalna, among others. He has also penned down some popular item numbers, such as Kajra Re, Beedi Jalaile and Aaja Mahiya.