Prithviraj Kapoor to be honoured with Phalke Kalptaru award

MUMBAI: Doyen of Hindi cinema, Prithviraj Kapoor will be honoured posthumously with the ‘Phalke Kalptaru’ award instituted by the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy. The award will be presented on 4 May with filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt as the chief guest of the occasion.

“It is a privilege for the Academy to honour Prithvirajji whose fourth generation in the form of Ranbir Kapoor is now active in films. All our affiliated members from all over the country including IMPPA and IMPDA unanimously came out with the decision to honour Prithviraj Kapoor," says Trustee, Dadasaheb Phalke Academy, Rajkumar Gupta.

“The award will be presented to members of the Kapoor family. “We have already spoken to both Randhir and Rishi Kapoor in this connection and they have agreed to be present at the award ceremony to be held at the Bhaidas Hall on 4 May. We had to celebrate Dadasaheb Phalke Jayanti on 30 April but since it is an election day, we had to postpone the event, ” adds Gupta.

The other awardees who would be felicitated on the occasion include actor-director Manoj Kumar (Phalke Ratna ever-lighting cine torch of patriotism award), Shammi Kapoor (Phalke legend actor award), Shamshad Begum (Phalke golden singer award) and Lagaan-fame director Ashutosh Gowariker (Phalke Memorable commercial film award- for Jodhaa Akbar).

Dadasaheb Phalke Academy, an all-India body of 38 Cine Associations, has been engaged in the service of the ‘Father of Indian Cinema’ Dadasaheb Phalke and has been organising Phalke Jayanti. It has till date honoured about 55 cine personalities including Sunil Dutt, Dilip Kumar and BR Chopra since 2000.

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