140th birth anniversary celebrations of Dada Saheb Phalke have begun in full swing as Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards unfold today at Bhaidas Hall, Mumbai to commemorate the occasion.
Many film dignitaries are being felicitated, prominent among them are Manoj Kumar who is being conferred upon with Phalke Ratna Award, Shammi Kapoor with Phalke Legend Actor Award, veteran producer Surinder Kapoor with L.V. Prasad Phalke Award and Shamshad Begum with Phalke Golden Singer Award.
Veteran Genius Prithvi Raj Kapoor will also be honored posthumously with Phalke Kalptaru Award and the entire Kapoor clan will be present to receive this honour. Also present on this occasion will be maverick filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker to receive Phalke Memorable Commercial Film Award, where Mahesh Bhatt will be the chief guest.
Instituted in 1969, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award is an annual award given by the Indian government for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema.