List of Dada Saheb Phalke Award Winners

Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema. This award was established in 1969 to commemorate the birth centenary year of father of Indian cinema Dadasaheb Phalke. The award is conferred annually by the Union Government to person for his lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. Award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a cash prize of 10 lakh rupees and a shawl.

YearRecipientFilm industryNotes
2014 (62nd)Shashi KapoorHindiWinner of two National Film Awards including Best Actor forNew Delhi Times in 1985, Kapoor debuted as an child actor at the age of four in the plays directed by his fatherPrithviraj Kapoor and later as a leading man in the 1961 film Dharmputra. In 1978, Kapoor set up his production house Film “Valas” and played major role in reviving thePrithvi Theatre group, set up by his father.
2013 (61st)GulzarHindiGulzar began his career as a lyricist for Bandini (1963) and debuted as a director with Mere Apne (1971). Known for his successful collaboration with music directors like R. D. Burman and A. R. Rahman, Gulzar won several awards for his lyrics in a career spanning over 50 years.
2012 (60th)PranHindiKnown for his “compelling and highly stylized performances”, actor Pran mainly played villainous characters in Hindi films during a career spanning over 50 years.
2011 (59th)Soumitra ChatterjeeBengaliBest known for his frequent collaboration with director Satyajit Ray, Chatterjee debuted as an actor in Apur Sansar (1959) and worked with other directors, such as Mrinal Sen and Tapan Sinha, in a career lasting over 50 years.
2010 (58th)K. Balachander Tamil, TeluguFilm-maker K. Balachander debuted as a director withNeerkumizhi (1965). He made more than 100 films in various Indian languages through his production house,Kavithalayaa Productions, established in 1981.
2009 (57th)D. RamanaiduTeluguIn a career spanning over 50 years, D. Ramanaidu produced more than 130 films in various Indian languages but mostly Telugu. He features in The Guinness Book of World Records for having produced films in nine languages.
2008 (56th)V. K. MurthyHindiBest known for his collaboration with director Guru Dutt, cinematographer Murthy shot India’s first cinemascope film,Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959). He is best remembered for his lighting techniques in Pyaasa (1957), the “beam shot” from which is considered a classic in celluloid history.
2007 (55th)Manna Dey Bengali, HindiIn a career spanning over five decades, playback singer Dey sang over 3500 songs in various Indian languages. He is also credited with “pioneering a new genre by infusing Indian classical music in a pop framework”.
2006 (54th)Tapan Sinha Bengali, HindiFilm-maker Sinha debuted as a director in 1954 and made more than 40 feature films in the Bengali, Hindi and Oriya languages. Most of the films addressed problems faced by ordinary people.
2005 (53rd)Shyam BenegalHindiBenegal started his career by making advertising films. He directed his first feature film, Ankur, in 1973. His films have focused on women and their rights.
2004 (52nd)Adoor GopalakrishnanMalayalamCredited with pioneering the new wave cinema movementin Malayalam cinema, director Gopalakrishnan won theNational Film Award for Best Direction for his debut film,Swayamvaram (1972). He has been acclaimed for his “ability to portray complex problems in a simplistic way”.
2003 (51st)Mrinal SenBengaliRegarded as one of “India’s most important film-makers”, Sen debuted as a director with Raat Bhore(1955) and made 27 films in 50 years.
2002 (50th)Dev AnandHindiWidely revered as “evergreen star of Hindi cinema”,actor and film-maker Anand co-founded Navketan Films in 1949 and produced 35 films.
2001 (49th)Yash ChopraHindiThe founder of Yash Raj Films, Chopra debuted as a director with Dhool Ka Phool (1959). He directed 22 Hindi films.
2000 (48th)Asha Bhosle Hindi, MarathiA playback singer of “extraordinary range and versatility”, Bhosle began her singing career in 1948 and is acknowledged by The Guinness Book of World Recordsas the “most recorded artist in music history”.
1999 (47th)Hrishikesh MukherjeeHindiHaving directed 45 Hindi films, film-maker Mukherjee is credited with popularising “middle-of-the-road cinema” through films like Anuradha (1960), Anand (1971) and Gol Maal (1979).
1998 (46th)B. R. ChopraHindiFilm-maker B. R. Chopra established his own production house, B. R. Films, in 1956, and is best known for the films such as Naya Daur (1957) and Hamraaz (1967), as well as the TV series Mahabharat based on the similarly-titled epic of Hindu literature.
1997 (45th)Kavi PradeepHindiBest known for the patriotic song “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo”, lyricist Pradeep wrote around 1700 songs, hymns and fiery nationalistic poems, including the lyrics for more than 80 Hindi films.
1996 (44th)Sivaji GanesanTamilGanesan debuted as an actor in Parasakthi (1952) and went on to appear in more than 300 films. He is known for his “expressive and resonant voice”.
1995 (43rd)RajkumarKannadaIn a career spanning over 45 years, Rajkumar acted in more than 200 Kannada-language films and also won aNational Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 1992.
1994 (42nd)Dilip KumarHindiDebuting in Jwar Bhata (1944), the “Tragedy King” Dilip Kumar acted in more than 60 Hindi films in a career that spanned over six decades.
1993 (41st)Majrooh SultanpuriHindiLyricist Sultanpuri penned his first Hindi song for Shahjehan(1946) and wrote around 8000 songs for over 350 Hindi films.
1992 (40th)Bhupen HazarikaAssamesePopularly referred to as “the Bard of Brahmaputra”, musician Hazarika is best known for his folk songs and ballads sung in the Assamese language.
1991 (39th)Bhalji PendharkarMarathiFilm-maker Pendharkar started his career in the 1920s and produced more than 60 Marathi films and eight Hindi films. He has been widely recognised for the historical and social narratives depicted in these films.
1990 (38th)Akkineni Nageswara RaoTeluguHaving debuted in Dharma Pathini (1941), Akkineni Nageswara Rao acted in more than 250 films, mostly in the Telugu language.
1989 (37th)Lata Mangeshkar Hindi, MarathiWidely credited as the “nightingale of India”, playback singer Mangeshkar started her career in the 1940s and has sung songs in over 36 languages.
1988 (36th)Ashok KumarHindiPopularly known as “Dadamoni” (the grand old man), Kumar is noted for his roles in Achhut Kannya (1936),Bandhan (1940) and Kismet (1943), the first blockbuster in Indian cinema.
1987 (35th)Raj KapoorHindiOften revered as “The Show Man”, actor and film-maker Kapoor’s performance in the Hindi film Awara (1951) was ranked as one of the top ten greatest performances of all time by Time magazine in 2010.
1986 (34th)B. Nagi ReddyTeluguReddy produced more than 50 films, beginning in the 1950s. He established Vijaya Vauhini Studios which was at that time the biggest film studio in Asia.
1985 (33rd)V. Shantaram Hindi, MarathiActor and film-maker V. Shantaram produced and directed India’s first colour film, Sairandhri (1931). He also produced and direct the first Marathi-language talkie,Ayodhyecha Raja (1932), and was associated with nearly 100 films over 50 years.
1984 (32nd)Satyajit RayBengaliHaving debuted as a director with Pather Panchali(1955), the film-maker Ray is credited with bringing world recognition to Indian cinema.
1983 (31st)Durga Khote Hindi, MarathiHaving acted in the first Marathi-language talkieAyodhyecha Raja (1932), Khote is considered a pioneer among women in Indian cinema. She set up two production companies, Fact Films and Durga Khote Productions, which produced short films and documentaries.
1982 (30th)L. V. Prasad Hindi, Tamil, TeluguActor-director-producer L. V. Prasad has the distinction of acting in the first talkie films produced in three languages: the Hindi Alam Ara, Tamil Kalidas and Telugu Bhakta Prahlada, all released in 1931. He founded Prasad Studios in 1965 and the Colour Film Laboratory in 1976.Prasad Studios has produced over 150 film in various Indian languages.
1981 (29th)NaushadHindiMusic director Naushad debuted with Prem Nagar(1940), and is credited with introducing the technique ofsound mixing to Indian cinema.
1980 (28th)Paidi Jairaj Hindi, TeluguInitially having worked as a body double, actor-director Jairaj is known for his portrayal of Indian historical characters and was involved in instituting the Filmfare Awards.
1979 (27th)Sohrab ModiHindiAn actor and film-maker, Modi is credited with bringingShakespearean classics to Indian cinema and was noted for his delivery of Urdu dialogue.
1978 (26th)Raichand Boral Bengali, HindiConsidered one of the pioneers of Indian film music, Boral was a music director who, in collaboration with director Nitin Bose, introduced the system of playback singing in Indian cinema.
1977 (25th)Nitin Bose Bengali, HindiA cinematographer, director and screenwriter, Bose is noted for introducing playback singing to Indian cinema in 1935 through his Bengali film Bhagya Chakra and its Hindi remake Dhoop Chhaon.
1976 (24th)Kanan DeviBengaliAcknowledged as “the first lady of Bengali cinema”, Kanan Devi made her acting debut in silent films in the 1920s. She also sang songs written by Rabindranath Tagore and was a producer with her film company, Shrimati Pictures.
1975 (23rd)Dhirendra Nath GangulyBengaliConsidered one of the founders of Bengali film industry, Ganguly debuted as an actor in Bilat Ferat (1921). He established three production companies – Indo British Film Company (1918), Lotus Film Company (1922) and British Dominion Films Studio (1929) – to direct several Bengali films.
1974 (22nd)Bommireddy Narasimha ReddyTeluguThe director of fifteen feature films in Telugu, Reddy was the first Indian film personality to be honoured with a Doctor of Letters and also the first to receive the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in India.
1973 (21st)Ruby Myers (Sulochana)HindiOne of the highest-paid actresses of her time, Sulochana made her debut with Veer Bala (1925) and is considered to be “the first sex symbol of Indian cinema”.
1972 (20th)Pankaj Mullick Bengali, HindiA composer, singer and actor, Mullick began his career providing background music by conducting live orchestras during the screening of silent films. He is best known forMahishasuramardini, a radio musical composed in 1931.
1971 (19th)Prithviraj KapoorHindiKapoor began his acting career in theatres and starred in India’s first sound film, Alam Ara (1931). He founded Prithvi Theatre, a travelling theatre company in 1944 “to promote Hindi stage productions”.
1970 (18th)Birendranath SircarBengaliThe founder of two production companies, International Filmcraft and New Theatres, Sircar is considered to be one of the pioneers of Indian cinema. He also built two cinema theatres in Calcutta, one for screening Bengali films and one for Hindi films.
1969 (17th)Devika RaniHindiWidely acknowledged as “the first lady of Indian cinema”, the actress debuted in Karma (1933), which was the first Indian English-language film and the first Indian film to feature an on-screen kiss. She also founded the first Indian public limited film company, Bombay Talkies, in 1934.

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