Dadasaheb Phalke Awards

The Dadasaheb Phalke Awards is the highest award in cinema. It is annually presented at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals.

The award is named after Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke. Dadasaheb Phalke is regarded as the ‘father of Indian cinema’.

On February 2021, Deepika Padukone received the Dadasaheb Phalke award for best actress award for her film Chhapaak while Akshay Kumar got the awards for his performance in the film Laxmi.

The prestigious 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award will be honoured to superstar Rajinikanth, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on April 1st, 2021. The award ceremony for the same will take place in May 2021

This article will give details about the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards within the context of the IAS Exam.

Brief facts about Dadasaheb Phalke

Ddasheb Phalke was a producer-director-screenwriter who made India’s first feature-length film, Raja Harishchandra in 1913.  He made 95 feature-length films and 27 short films in his career, spanning 19 years, until 1937, including his most noted works: Mohini Bhasmasur (1913), Satyavan Savitri (1914), Lanka Dahan (1917), Shri Krishna Janma (1918) and Kaliya Mardan (1919).

His contributions to Indian cinema were legendary and thus was the reason why the Indian government instituted an award in his honour.

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Recipients of the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards

The following table gives the list of winners of the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards through the years

Dadasaheb Phalke Awards Recipients (1969-1979)

Year  Recipient Film Industry
1969 Devika Rani Hindi
1970 Birendranath Sircar Bengali
1971 Prithviraj Kapoor Hindi
1972 Pankaj Mullick
  • Hindi
  • Bengali
1973 Ruby Myers (Sulochana) Hindi
1974 Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy Telugu
1975 Dhirendra Nath Ganguly Bengali
1976 Kanan Devi Bengali
1977 Nitin Bose Bengali Hindi
1978 Raichand Boral
  • Hindi
  • Bengali
1979 Sohrab Modi Hindi

The following table gives the list of winners from 1980-1989

Dadasaheb Phalke Awards Recipients (1980-1989)

Year  Recipient Film Industry
1980 Paidi Jairaj
  • Hindi
  • Telugu
1981 Naushad Hindi
1982 L. V. Prasad
  • Hindi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
1983 Durga Khote
  • Hindi
  • Marathi
1984 Satyajit Ray Bengali
1985 V. Shantaram
  • Hindi
  • Marathi
1986 B. Nagi Reddy Telugu
1987 Raj Kapoor Hindi
1988 Ashok Kumar Hindi
1989 Lata Mangeshkar
  • Hindi
  • Marathi

The following table gives the list of winners from 1990-1999

Dadasaheb Phalke Awards Recipients (1990-1999)

Year  Recipient Film Industry
1990 Akkineni Nageswara Rao Telugu
1991 Bhalji Pendharkar Marathi
1992 Bhupen Hazarika Assamese
1993 Majrooh Sultanpuri Hindi
1994 Dilip Kumar Hindi
1995 Rajkumar Kannada
1996 Sivaji Ganesan Tamil
1997 Kavi Pradeep Hindi
1998 B. R. Chopra Hindi
1999 Hrishikesh Mukherjee Hindi

The following table gives the list of winners from 2000-2010

Dadasaheb Phalke Awards Recipients (2000-2009)

Year  Recipient Film Industry
2000 Asha Bhosle
  • Hindi
  • Marathi
2001 Yash Chopra Hindi
2002 Dev Anand Hindi
2003 Mrinal Sen
  • Bengal
  • Hindi
2004 Adoor Gopalakrishnan Malayalam
2005 Shyam Benegal Hindi
2006 Tapan Sinha
  • Bengali
  •  Hindi
2007 Manna Dey
  • Bengali
  • Hindi
2008 V. K. Murthy Hindi
2009 D. Ramanaidu Telugu

The following table gives the list of winners from 2010-2019

Dadasaheb Phalke Awards Recipients (2010-2018)

Year  Recipient Film Industry
2010 K. Balachander
  • Tamil
  •  Telugu
2011 Soumitra Chatterjee Bengali
2012 Pran Hindi
2013 Gulzar Hindi
2014 Shashi Kapoor Hindi
2015 Manoj Kumar Hindi
2016 K. Viswanath Telugu
2017 Vinod Khanna Hindi
2018 Amitabh Bachchan Hindi
2019 Mahesh Babu Telugu
2020 Hrithik Roshan Hindi

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