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1st October 2022 (7 Topics)

Veteran actor Asha Parekh receives Dada Saheb Phalke award

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The Veteran actor Asha Parekh was honoured with the Dada Saheb Phalke award, the highest recognition in the field of Indian cinema.

About

  • The First award was presented in
  • The first recipient of the award was actress Devika Rani.
  • The award was introduced by the Government of India to commemorate Dadasaheb Phalke's contribution to Indian cinema.
  • Phalke (1870–1944), who is popularly known as and often regarded as "the father of Indian cinema", was an Indian filmmaker who directed India's first full-length feature film, Raja Harishchandra (1913).

The 68th National Film Awards

  • The award was presented by President Droupadi Murmu during the 68th National Film Awards ceremony, held at Vigyan Bhawan in Mumbai.
  • Asha Parekh at 79 got this honour signifying the ‘indomitable female power’.

Dada Saheb Phalke Award

  • The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest award in the field of cinema.
  • It 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.
  • The recipient is honoured for their outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema and is selected by a committee consisting of eminent personalities from the Indian film industry.
  • The award comprises a Swarna Kamal(Golden Lotus) medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize of Rs.1,000,000.

Contributions of the Awardee: Asha Parekh

  • Debuted in Maa (1952) as a child artist, Asha Parekh is an Indian actress who works primarily in Hindi cinema where she is fondly called ‘The Hit Girl’.
  • In addition to acting, she has also directed various television series in the early ages of satellite television in India.
  • She was also honoured with the Padma Shri (1992) by the Government of India.
  • She was awarded for the year 2020, in 2022 due to COVID-19 pandem

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