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Why India's highest Cinema award given in the name of Dadasaheb Phalke?

Dadasaheb Phalke is known as the 'father of Indian Cinema'. He had made India's first full-length feature film Raja Harishchandra (1913). Do you know why India's highest Cinema award is given in the name of Dadasaheb Phalke? Let us find out!    
Sep 25, 2019 13:28 IST
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Dadasaheb Phalke Awards

Dadasaheb Phalke Award 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.

To commemorate the Dada Saheb Phalke the government of India has started the Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1969.
The recipient is honoured for their "outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema". The winner of Phalke award is selected by a committee consists of eminent personalities from the Indian film industry.

Aamitabh Bachchan is selected for the 66th Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2018 while in the 2017 this award was given to Vinod Khanna.

What is Dadasaheb Phalke Award?

Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest award in cinema. It is given for the "outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.”

Who was Dadasaheb Phalke?

Dhundiraj Govind Phalke was the real name of Dadasaheb Phalke. He was born on 30 April, 1870 in a Marathi-speaking Chitpavan Brahmin family at Trimbak, Maharashtra. He took training in drama and photography in Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai. After that he went to Germany and learned to make films there. When he returned to India, he made the first silent film Raja Harishchandra which was India's first full-length feature.

Why is India's highest Cinema award given in the name of Dadasaheb Phalke?

The India's highest award in cinema is given in the name of Dadasaheb Phalke because he is credited of making Raja Harishchandra that was the first feature film in India, and is thus called the father of Indian cinema. Dadasaheb Phalke Award was introduced in 1969 by the government to recognise the contribution of film personalities towards the development of Indian Cinema.

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Who is responsible for organising Dadasaheb Phalke Award?

Dadasaheb Phalke Award 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. This award is given to those who have outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema and the recipient is selected by a committee consisting of eminent personalities from the Indian film industry. The award comprises 'Swarna Kamal' (Golden Lotus) medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize of ₹1,000,000.

Let us tell you that Dadasaheb Phalke Academy also gives three awards in the name of Dadasaheb Phalke, which are as follows: Phalke Ratna Award, Phalke Kalpataru Award and Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Awards.

Do you know that Bombay High Court in 2006 directed the Directorate of Film Festivals to consider only those films which are not censored. This judgement was challenge by the Directorate of Film Festivals in the Supreme Court and the decision was in favour of the Directorate of Film Festivals. After that award was announced in the middle of the year 2008 because the reason for the delay in the court verdict. Thus, the 2007 award was announced in September 2009 and in the same year the year 2008 was announced on January 19, 2010 and the year 2009 was announced on 9th September, 2010.

Who was the first recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award?

The first recipient of the award was actress Devika Rani, who was honoured at the 17th National Film Awards. 

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List of Dadasaheb Phalke Award Recipients

Ceremonial Year

Recipient

Film industry

2018 (66th)

Amitabh Bachachan

Hindi

2017 (65th)

Vinod Khanna

Hindi

2016 (64th)

Kasinathuni Viswanath

Telugu

2015 (63rd)

Manoj Kumar

Hindi

2014 (62nd)

Shashi Kapoor

Hindi

2013 (61st)

Gulzar

Hindi

2012 (60th)

Pran

Hindi

2011 (59th)

Soumitra Chatterjee

Bengali

2010 (58th)

K. Balachander

Tamil, Telugu

2009 (57th)

D. Ramanaidu

Telugu

2008 (56th)

V. K. Murthy

Hindi

2007(55th)

Manna Dey

Bengali, Hindi

2006 (54th)

Tapan Sinha

Bengali, Hindi

2005 (53rd)

Shyam Benegal

Hindi

2004 (52nd)

Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Malayalam

2003 (51st)

Mrinal Sen

Bengali

2002 (50th)

Dev Anand

Hindi

2001 (49th)

Yash Chopra

Hindi

2000 (48th)

Asha Bhosle

 Hindi, Marathi

1999 (47th)

Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Hindi

1998 (46th)

B. R. Chopra

Hindi

1997 (45th)

Kavi Pradeep

Hindi

1996 (44th)

Sivaji Ganesan

Tamil

1995 (43rd)

Rajkumar

Kannada

1994 (42nd)

Dilip Kumar

Hindi

1993 (41st)

Majrooh Sultanpuri

Hindi

1992 (40th)

Bhupen Hazarika

Assamese

1991 (39th)

Bhalji Pendharkar

Marathi

1990 (38th)

Akkineni Nageswara Rao

Telugu

1989 (37th)

Lata Mangeshkar

 Hindi, Marathi

1988 (36th)

Ashok Kumar

Hindi

1987 (35th)

Raj Kapoor

Hindi

1986 (34th)

B. Nagi Reddy

Telugu

1985 (33rd)

V. Shantaram

 Hindi, Marathi

1984 (32nd)

Satyajit Ray

Bengali

1983 (31st)

Durga Khote

Hindi, Marathi

1982 (30th)

L. V. Prasad

Hindi, Tamil, Telugu

1981 (29th)

Naushad

Hindi

1980 (28th)

Paidi Jairaj

Hindi, Telugu

1979 (27th)

Sohrab Modi

Hindi

1978 (26th)

Raichand Boral

Bengali, Hindi

1977 (25th)

Nitin Bose

Bengali, Hindi

1976 (24th)

Kanan Devi

Bengali

1975 (23rd)

Dhirendra Nath Ganguly

Bengali

1974 (22nd)

Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy

Telugu

1973 (21st)

Ruby Myers (Sulochana)

Hindi

1972 (20th)

Pankaj Mullick

Bengali & Hindi

1971 (19th)

Prithviraj Kapoor

Hindi

 

 

 

 

 

 

1970 (18th)

Birendranath Sircar

Bengali

1969 (17th)

Devika Rani

Hindi

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