List Of Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1969-2024)

Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Last Updated: 25 February 2024

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema. It is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organization set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The recipient is honored for their “Outstanding Contribution to the Growth and Development of Indian Cinema” and is selected by a committee consisting of eminent personalities from the Indian film industry. The award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a Shawl, and a Cash Prize of ₹1,000,000 (US$13,000).

Several other awards and film festivals have been named after Dadasaheb Phalke, sometimes leading to confusion. Such awards include the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards and the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards, which are unrelated to the award conferred by the Directorate of Film Festivals.

Dadasaheb Phalke Award At A Glance

1Awarded ForOutstanding Contribution to the Growth and Development of Indian Cinema
2SponsorerDirectorate of Film Festivals
3Reward(s)1) Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus)
2) Shawl
3) ₹1,000,000 (US$13,000)
4First Awarded1969
5Last Awarded2021
6First WinnerDevika Rani
7Recent WinnerWaheeda Rehman
8Total Awarded53

Facts About Dadasaheb Phalke Award

  • Dadasaheb Phalke Award was first Presented in 1969.
  • The award was introduced by the Government of India to commemorate Dadasaheb Phalke’s contribution to Indian cinema.
  • Phalke (1870–1944) often regarded as “The Father of Indian Cinema”, was an Indian filmmaker who directed India’s first full-length feature film, Raja Harishchandra (1913).
  • The first recipient of the award was actress Devika Rani, who was honored at the 17th National Film Awards.
  • As of 2022, there have been 52 awardees. Among those, Actor Prithviraj Kapoor (1971) and Actor Vinod Khanna (2017) are the only posthumous recipients.
  • Prithviraj Kapoor’s actor-filmmaker son, Raj Kapoor, accepted the award on his behalf at the 19th National Film Awards in 1971 and was also a recipient in 1987 at the 35th National Film Awards ceremony.

Dadasaheb Phalke Award

No.YearRecipientFilm IndustryNotes
11969Devika RaniHindi1) Widely acknowledged as the first lady of Indian Cinema.
2) She debuted in Karma (1933). It was the first Indian English-language film and the first Indian film to feature an on-screen kiss.
21970Birendranath SircarBengali1) The founder of two production companies; International Filmcraft and New Theatres.
2) He built two cinema theatres in Calcutta, one for screening Bengali films and one for Hindi films.
31971Prithviraj KapoorHindiKapoor began his acting career in theatres and starred in India’s first sound film, Alam Ara (1931).
41972Pankaj MullickBengali
He is best known for
Mahishasuramardini, a radio musical composed in 1931.
51973Ruby Myers (Sulochana)Hindi1) One of the highest-paid actresses of her time.
2) Sulochana made her debut with Veer Bala (1925).
61974B. N. ReddyTelugu1) The director of fifteen feature films in Telugu.
2) Reddy was the first person to receive the Padma Bhushan.
71975Dhirendra Nath GangulyBengali1) Ganguly debuted as an actor in Bilat Ferat (1921).
2) He established three production companies:
→ Indo-British Film Company (1918)
→ Lotus Film Company (1922)
→ British Dominion Films Studio (1929)
81976Kanan DeviBengali1) Acknowledged as the first lady of Bengali cinema.
2) Kanan Devi made her acting debut in silent films in the 1920s.
91977Nitin BoseBengali
Bose is noted for introducing playback singing to Indian cinema in 1935 through his Bengali film Bhagya Chakra and its Hindi remake Dhoop Chhaon.
101978Raichand BoralBengali
Boral was a music director who, in collaboration with director Nitin Bose, introduced the system of playback singing in Indian cinema.
111979Sohrab ModiHindiModi is credited with bringing Shakespearean classics to Indian cinema.
121980Paidi JairajHindiJairaj is known for his portrayal of Indian historical characters.
131981NaushadHindi1) Naushad debuted with Prem Nagar (1940).
2) He is credited to introduce the technique of sound mixing to Indian cinema.
141982L. V. PrasadTelugu
1) L. V. Prasad has the distinction of acting in the first talkie films produced in three languages:
→ Hindi: Alam Ara
→ Tamil: Kalidas
→ Telugu: Bhakta Prahlada
2) Prasad Studios has produced over 150 films in various Indian languages.
151983Durga KhoteHindi
She set up two production companies, Fact Films, and Durga Khote Productions, which produced short films and documentaries.
161984Satyajit RayBengaliFilmmaker Ray is credited with bringing world recognition to Indian cinema.
171985V. ShantaramHindi
1) V. Shantaram produced and directed India’s first color film, Sairandhri (1931).
2) He produced and directed the first Marathi-language talkie, Ayodhyecha Raja (1932).
181986B. Nagi ReddyTelugu1) Reddy produced more than 50 films, beginning in the 1950s.
2) He established Vijaya Vauhini Studios, the biggest film studio in Asia at that time.
191987Raj KapoorHindiRaj 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.
201988Ashok KumarHindiKumar is noted for his roles in Achhut Kannya (1936), Bandhan (1940), and Kismet (1943), the first blockbuster in Indian cinema.
211989Lata MangeshkarHindi
1) Widely credited as the Nightingale of India.
2) Mangeshkar started her career in 1942 and has sung songs in over 36 languages.
221990Akkineni Nageswara RaoTeluguAkkineni Nageswara Rao acted in more than 250 films, mostly in the Telugu language.
231991Bhalji PendharkarMarathiPendharkar started his career in the 1920s and produced more than 60 Marathi films and eight Hindi films.
241992Bhupen HazarikaAssameseHazarika is best known for his folk songs and ballads sung in the Assamese language.
251993Majrooh SultanpuriHindiSultanpuri penned his first Hindi song for Shahjehan (1946) and wrote around 8000 songs for over 350 Hindi films.
261994Dilip KumarHindiDilip Kumar acted in more than 60 Hindi films in a career that spanned over six decades.
271995RajkumarKannadaRajkumar acted in more than 200 Kannada-language films & won a National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 1992.
281996Sivaji GanesanTamilGanesan was the first Indian film actor to win a “Best Actor” award in an International film festival, the Afro-Asian Film Festival held in Cairo, Egypt in 1960.
291997Kavi PradeepHindi1) Best known for the patriotic song “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo”.
2) Pradeep wrote around 1700 songs, hymns, and fiery nationalistic poems, including the lyrics for more than 80 Hindi films.
301998B. R. ChopraHindiB. R. Chopra established his own production house B. R. Films in 1956.
311999Hrishikesh MukherjeeHindiMukherjee is credited with popularising “Middle of the Road Cinema” through films like Anuradha (1960), Anand (1971), and Gol Maal (1979).
322000Asha BhosleHindi
1) A playback singer of “Extraordinary Range & Versatility”.
2) Bhosle began her singing career in 1943.
332001Yash ChopraHindiYash Chopra is the founder of Yash Raj Films.
342002Dev AnandHindiAnand co-founded Navketan Films in 1949 and produced 35 films.
352003Mrinal SenBengali
Sen debuted as a director with Raat Bhore (1955) and made 27 films in 50 years.
362004Adoor GopalakrishnanMalayalamGopalakrishnan won the National Film Award for Best Direction for his debut film, Swayamvaram (1972).
372005Shyam BenegalHindi1) He directed his first feature film “Ankur” in 1973.
2) His films have focused on women and their rights.
382006Tapan SinhaBengali
Sinha debuted as a director in 1954 and made more than 40 feature films in the Bengali, Hindi, and Oriya languages.
392007Manna DeyBengali
Manna Dey has sung over 3500 songs in various Indian languages.
402008V. K. MurthyHindiMurthy shot India’s first cinemascope film, Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959).
412009D. RamanaiduTelugu1) Naushad debuted with Prem Nagar (1940).
2) He is credited with introducing the technique of sound mixing to Indian cinema.
422010K. BalachanderTamil
In a career that spanned over forty years, he directed and produced over 100 films in various Indian languages.
432011Soumitra ChatterjeeBengaliIn 1999, he became the first Indian film personality to be conferred with Commandeur at the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest award for artists.
442012PranHindiPran mainly played villainous characters in Hindi films during a career spanning over 50 years.
452013GulzarHindiGulzar is Known for his successful collaboration with music directors like R. D. Burman and A. R. Rahman.
462014Shashi KapoorHindiWinner of two National Film Awards.
472015Manoj KumarHindiKumar is fondly called “Bharat Kumar”.
482016K. VishwanathTelugu1) Vishwanath has directed 53 feature films in a variety of genres, including films based on performing arts, visual arts, and aesthetics.
2) Vishwanath has earned five National Film Awards and has received international recognition for his works.
492017Vinod KhannaHindiHe took a brief break from films (1982–1987) and entered politics in 1997.
502018Amitabh BachchanHindi1) Bachchan is often primarily known for his unique baritone voice and his excellence in acting.
2) He has appeared in over 200 Indian films in a career spanning more than five decades.
512019RajinikanthTamil1) Rajinikanth works primarily in Tamil cinema where he is fondly referred to as a superstar.
2) He was honored with the Padma Bhushan (2000) and the Padma Vibhushan (2016) by the Government of India.
522020Asha ParekhHindi1) Asha Parekh is an Indian actress who works primarily in Hindi cinema where she is fondly called The Hit Girl.
2) She was honored with the Padma Shri (1992) by the Government of India.
532021Waheeda RehmanHindi1) Waheeda Rehman has featured in the films Pyaasa (1957), Guide (1965), Khamoshi (1969), Phagun (1973), Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), Rang De Basanti (2006), and Delhi 6 (2009).
2) She was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1972 and Padma Bhushan in 2011 by the Government of India.
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