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Actor Shashi Kapoor chosen for Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2014
New Delhi, March 23, 2015
Veteran film actor and producer Shashi Kapoor has been chosen for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2014 -- the top honour in Indian cinema -- for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the industry.
Kapoor is the 46th winner of the award, which is conferred annually by the Government of India on the basis of the recommendations of a committee of eminent persons.
This year's award was decided unanimously by a five-member jury consisting of eminent film personalities, an official press release said.
The award consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs and a shawl.
Born in 1938, Kapoor is a well-known actor and producer from the famous Kapoor family, generally regarded as the top dynasty in Hindi filmdom. He is the youngest son of the late Prithviraj Kapoor and the brother of late Raj Kapoor and late Shammi Kapoor, all renowned actors.
He will be the third member of the family to get the honour after Prithviraj Kapoor in 1971 and Raj Kapoor in 1987.
Kapoor started acting at the age of four in plays directed by his father, while travelling with Prithvi Theatres. He began acting in films as a child artiste in the late 1940s, including in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), in which he played the younger Raj Kapoor. He also worked as an assistant director in the 1950s.
Kapoor made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film Dharmputra and went on to appear in more than 100 Hindi films. He was a very popular actor in Bollywood during the 1960s, '70s and until the mid-'80s.
He had the distinction of being one of the first Indian actors to go international, having starred in many British and American films, notably Merchant Ivory Proudctions run by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, such as The Householder (1963), Shakespearewallah (1965), Bombay Talkie (1970) and Heat and Dust (1982). He also starred in other British and American films such as Siddhartha (1972) and Muhafiz (1994).
In 1978, Kapoor set up his production house Filmvalas which produced critically acclaimed films such as Junoon (1978), Kalyug (1981), 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981), Vijeta (1982) and Utsav (1984). He also produced and directed a fantasy film titled Ajooba which had Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in the lead roles.
In 2011, Kapoor was honoured with the Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India. He is also a recipient of three National Film Awards.