Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the closing ceremony of the sixth Jagran Film Festival in Mumbai on October 4.
The legendary actor, who received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement honour by filmmaker Shyam Benegal.
Shashi Kapoor, 77, is best known for his nuanced performances in memorable films like Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Trishul, Kabhi Kabhie, Vijeta and Kalyug. Despite his ill health, Mr Kapoor attended the ceremony to receive the award. (Also Read: Shashi Kapoor to Receive Lifetime Award at Jagran Film Fest)
Director Sudhir Mishra said that no honour can match up to Mr Kapoor's achievements, and it is because of his relentless work in offbeat cinema that the current Indian filmmakers "still hold the wish to make something different".
"He is the most deserving for this award. Any award or recognition is less than his achievements," said Mr Mishra.
"He did a lot of commercial films but his preferred films were offbeat ones which he produced and encouraged. His contribution is enormous in Indian cinema," said Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Several celebrities including Madhur Bhandarkar, Udit Narayan, Kunal Kapoor, Gulshan Grover, Amy Jackson, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sanjay Mishra, Neeraj Ghaywan and Swara Bhaskar attended the event.
Actress Bhumi Pednekar got the Best Actress award for her debut film Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Bengali actor Dulal Sarkar and filmmaker Shoojit Sircar were honoured for bringing in a wave of change in the Indian film industry with their skills.
Mr Sarkar received the Best Actor (Male) award for an outstanding performance in Bengali film Chotoder Chobi. Shoojit received the Best Director award for the second consecutive year for his simple yet enduring story in Piku, read a statement.
Veteran make-up artiste Pandhari Juker was also honoured for his magical make-up strokes that have beautified many Indian actresses over the last six decades with an Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema title.
After garnering plaudits internationally, Masaan director Neeraj Ghaywan was honoured as the Best Debut Director. The creators of the sounds and rhythms which dominate the audience's heart were also appreciated. Jyoti Nooran won the Best Singer Female Award for her melodious renditions in Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Sukhwinder Singh's musical notes in Haider bagged him the Best Singer Male Award. The winning spree for Haider continued with Tabu clinching the Best Female Supporting Actor title for her power-packed portrayal. Sanjay Mishra won the Best Male Supporting Actor award for Masaan. Atul Kulkarni-starrer Marathi film Rajwade And Sons, which hinges on the bond shared within a family, brought the curtains down on the sixth edition of the film fest. And the organisers promised to be back next year with more dose of entertainment, excellence and encouragement. The 2015 edition of Jagran Film Festival traversed from Delhi to Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Raipur, Indore, and Bhopal before culminating in Mumbai.