A retrospective of films of the recipient of the most prestigious film award of the Country, Dadasaheb Phalke Award is showcased during IFFI. This year Vinod Khanna received the award posthumously. IFFI will be showcasing some of his best films.
At the 65th National Film Awards, Actor Vinod Khanna was posthumously honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, which is considered as the highest honour in Indian cinema and is presented annually by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The award is given for a personality’s “outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema”.
Vinod Khanna is the 49th recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. In a career spanning over four decades, Khanna was primarily known for his work in Hindi films during the 1970s. Amar Akbar Anthony, Mere Apne, Hera Pheri, Muqaddar Ka Sikander and Qurbani are just some of the popular films that he has appeared in. After taking a short break from the movies in the 1980s, Khanna returned and gained acclaim for his performances in films like Chandni and Dayavan.
He was known for his suave style and composed demeanour. In his later years, Vinod Khanna appeared in many popular films like Wanted, Dabangg and Dilwale among many others.
In the past, Dadasaheb Phalke Award has been given to celebrated film personalities like music director Naushad, filmmaker Satyajit Ray, filmmaker Raj Kapoor, singer Lata Mangeshkar, actor Dilip Kumar, actor Dev Anand, filmmaker Yash Chopra among many others. Writer Gulzar, actors Shashi Kapoor and Manoj Kumar have also been conferred with this honour.