The President of India, Droupadi Murmu, presented the 68th edition of the National Film Awards for the year 2020 in various categories in New Delhi, Delhi.
Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB); Union Minister Dr. L Murugan, Minister of State (MoS), MIB; Apurva Chandra, Secretary, MIB.
Asha Parekh Conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2020
President Droupadi Murmu presented renowned actor Asha Parekh with the esteemed Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2020 during the 68th National Film Awards for the year 2020 ceremony in Delhi.
- She is the 52nd recipient of the prestigious award given to artists in the Indian film industry.
Five-Member Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2020 Jury Members: Asha Bhosle, Hema Malini, Poonam Dhillon, Udit Narayan, and TS Nagabharana.
About Dadasaheb Phalke Award:
i.The Dadasaheb Phalke Award was established in 1969 by the Indian government to recognize Dadasaheb Phalke’s contribution to Indian cinema.
- In 1913, Dadasaheb Phalke directed Raja Harishchandra, India’s first full-length feature film.
iii.The award honours artists who have made “outstanding contributions to the growth and development of Indian cinema.”
iii.The prize consists of a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh.
iv.The Directorate of Film Festivals, MIB, bestows the honour at the National Film Awards Ceremony every year.
- The Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019 was presented to Rajinikanth in 2021.
- Devika Rani was the first recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award 1969, which was presented during the 17th National Film Awards in 1970.
About Asha Parekh:
i.Asha Parekh made her acting debut opposite Shammi Kapoor in Nasir Hussain’s film Dil Deke Dekho in 1959. She appeared in almost 95 films during her five-decade career.
ii.She was the first female chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), and served from 1998 to 2001.
iii.Asha Parekh’s autobiography, ‘The Hit Girl’, was published in 2017 and co-written with film critic Khalid Mohamed.
iv.In 1992, she was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour.
Films Division Two Documentaries Conferred Rajat Kamal at 68th National Award
At the 68th National Film Award event, Droupadi Murmu, the President of India, presented the Rajat Kamal for the year 2020 to two documentaries produced by the Films Division, MIB. The awards were received by Mr. Ravinder Bhakar, Director General, Films Division.
- The two documentaries “Wheeling the Ball” and “Pabung Syam” were awarded in the non-feature film category.
i.Wheeling the Ball – Best Exploration (including Sports) /Adventure Film
- It is directed by Mukesh Sharma and Produced by Films Division
ii.Pabung Syam – Best Biographical Film
- It is directed by Haobam Paban Kumar and Produced by Films Division
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