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The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is an annual award given by the Indian government for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. It was instituted in 1969, the birth centenary year of Dadasaheb Phalke, considered the father of Indian cinema.The award for a particular year is given during the end of the following year along with the National Film Awards.


First Awardee was Devika Rani (1969).

Recipient Contribution AS Year
Manoj Kumar Actor 2015
Shashi Kapoor Actor 2014
Gulzar (Sampooran Singh Kalra) Lyricist 2013
Pran Krishan Sikand (Pran) Actor 2012
Soumitra Chatterjee Actor 2011
K. Balachander Director 2010
D. Ramanaidu Producer 2009
V. K. Murthy Cinematographer 2008
Manna Dey Singer 2007
Tapan Sinha Director 2006
Shyam Benegal Director 2005
Adoor Gopalakrishnan Director 2004
Mrinal Sen Director 2003
Dev Anand Actor, Director, Producer 2002
Yash Chopra Director, Producer 2001
Asha Bhosle Singer 2000
Hrishikesh Mukherjee Director 1999
B.R. Chopra Director, Producer 1998
Pradeep Lyricist, Poet 1997
Sivaji Ganesan Actor 1996
Dr. Raj Kumar Actor, Singer, Producer 1995
Dilip Kumar Actor 1994
Majrooh Sultanpuri Lyricist 1993
Bhupen Hazarika Composer, Singer, Producer 1992
Bhalji Pendharkar Producer, Director 1991
A. Nageshwar Rao Actor 1990
Lata Mangeshkar Singer, Producer 1989
Ashok Kumar Actor, Singer 1988
Raj Kapoor Actor, Director 1987
B. Nagi Reddi Producer 1986
V.Shantaram Director, producer, actor 1985
Satyajit Ray Director, Producer 1984
Durga Khote Actress 1983
L.V. Prasad Actor, Director, Producer 1982
Naushad Composer 1981
Jairaj Actor, Director, Producer 1980
Sohrab Modi Actor, Director, Producer 1979
R.C. Boral Composer 1978
Nitin Bose Cinematographer, Director, Producer 1977
Kanan Devi Actress, Singer, Producer 1976
Dhiren Ganguly Actor, Director, Producer 1975
B.N. Reddi Director, Producer 1974
Sulochana Actress 1973
Pankaj Mallick Singer, Actor, Composer 1972
Prithviarj Kapoor Actor, Director, Producer 1971
B.N. Sircar Producer 1970
Devika Rani Actress 1969

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