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National Awards: Manoj Kumar Receives Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Manoj Kumar is known for films like Hariyali Aur Raasta, Woh Kaun Thi? , Himalaya Ki God Mein, Do Badan, Upkar, Patthar Ke Sanam, Neel Kamal and Roti Kapda Aur Makaan. He was also famous for starring in a league of patriotic films like Shaheed, Purab Aur Paschim and Kranti.

  | May 03, 2016 20:50 IST (New Delhi)
Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar photographed during the 63rd National Awards ceremony in Delhi. (Image courtesy: PTI)

Highlights

  • Manoj Kumar received the 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award
  • Due to his focus on patriotic films, fans called him Bharat Kumar
  • Mr Kumar had received the Padma Shri honour in 1992
Actor Manoj Kumar received the 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award, at a ceremony held in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Mr Kumar is known for films like Hariyali Aur Raasta, Woh Kaun Thi? , Himalaya Ki God Mein, Do Badan, Upkar, Patthar Ke Sanam, Neel Kamal and Roti Kapda Aur Makaan. He was also famous for starring in a league of patriotic films like Shaheed, Purab Aur Paschim and Kranti.
 

Image courtesy: PTI


Mr Kumar was born as Harikrishna Giri Goswami in Abbottabad, which was then a part of Pre-Independent India. He initially started as a romantic hero following his debut in 1960 with Kaanch Ki Gudia but later shifted focus to acting and directing films with patriotic themes so much so that fans started calling him "Bharat Kumar".
After retiring from films, in 2004, Mr Kumar had also joined the Shiv Sena to make a career in politics.
Mr Kumar had received the Padma Shri honour in 1992.
In 2008, Government of Madhya Pradesh gave him the National Kishore Kumar award and Government of Maharashtra gave him the National Raj Kapoor Award in 2010.
Dadasaheb Phalke Award is given by the Government of India for "outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema," and it comprises a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs 10 lakhs and a shawl.

 
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