Bollywood veteran actor Dharmendra and filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani will be conferred with the prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement and Raj Kapoor Special Contribution awards respectively.
The Maharashtra Education and Cultural Affairs Minister, Vinod Tawde made the announcement via social media on Sunday.
“Delighted to announce veteran actor Dharmendraji as the recipient of Maharashtra State’s Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement Award and director Rajkumar Hirani on being selected for the Raj Kapoor Special Contributions Award. Congratulations!” Tawde tweeted.
Delighted to announce veteran actor Dharmendra ji as the recipient of Maharashtra State’s Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement Award and Director Rajkumar Hirani on being selected for the Raj Kapoor Special Contributions Award. Congratulations!
— Vinod Tawde (@TawdeVinod) April 15, 2018
Veteran Marathi actor Vijay Chavhan will receive the V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement award, while actor-director Mrinal Kulkarni has been named for V Shantaram Special Contribution awards.
Dharmendra’s starring roles in action films earned him nicknames such as “Action King” and “He-Man”. Some of his notable films are Sholay, Chupke Chupke, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Satyakam, Seeta Aur Geeta and many more.
Hirani is regarded as one of the most celebrated filmmakers of Hindi cinema, having made critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful films such as “Munna Bhai MBBS”, “3 Idiots” and “PK”. He is currently gearing up for the release of biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt, with whom he has collaborated on a number of projects.
Both the lifetime achievement awards carry a citation and cash reward of Rs 5,00,000, while the special contribution awards carry a citation and Rs 3,00,000 cash prize each. The state government-instituted awards will be given away at the 55th Maharashtra State Marathi Film Festival.