Dadasaheb Phalke Award
Part of: GS Prelims and GS Mains I- Culture
- The country’s highest film honour, the DadasahebPhalke award, was presented this year to Amitabh Bachchan
- The award comes in the year that marks Mr. Bachchan’s golden jubilee in cinema, who made his debut in 1969
- DadasahebPhalke (1870–1944), was an Indian film-maker who directed India’s first full-length feature film, Raja Harishchandra (1913). He is regarded as “the father of Indian cinema.”
- The award is given to people for their “outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian 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 award prize consists of a golden lotus, a cash prize of ₹10 lakh and a shawl.
- The award was first presented in 1969. The first recipient of the award was actress Devika Rani, “the first lady of Indian cinema.”