As the veteran actor was unable to travel to New Delhi last week, where the National Awards ceremony was held, the Ministry decided to honour the 93 year-old actor at his residence in Mumbai, with Manish Tewari flying down to present him the award in the comfort of his residence.
Pran was conferred the 44th Lifetime achievement award, instituted by the Father of Indian Cinema Dadasaheb Phalke in 1969.
Honourable minister Manish Tewari was overjoyed at presenting the award, the Swarna Kamal citation, a symbolic shawl and a cash prize of Rs 1 million to the actor, best known for super hit performances in films like ‘Half Ticket’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Dil Diya Dard Liya’ ‘Don’, ‘Zanjeer’ and ‘Ram Aur Shyam’. His career spans an astounding 350 films over a glorious 65 year-long stint in the industry.
Said Tewari, while presenting Pran saab with the award: “It’s a great honour to present the honour to Pran saab. The Dadasaheb Phalke award has become even more prestigious now that Pran saab has received it.”
Also present at the felicitation ceremony was Pran’s family and Karan Johar’s mother Hiroo Johar.