Mumbai, April 20: Ranbir Raj Kapoor is the legendary film maker from the era of 50s who is known for his eternal roles that changed the facet of Indian cinema. He was awarded with National Awards and Padma Bhushan. With his name, honour and great work is celebrated with ‘Raj Kapoor Awards’ which is given every year to the people whose works are considered as ‘life-changing’ in the world of Indian cinema.
Veteran actress Saira Banu was named for the prestigious Raj Kapoor’ Lifetime Achievement’ award of the Maharashtra Government. Actor Jackie Shroff was selected for the Raj Kapoor ‘Special Contribution’ award. The announcement was made by state Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde.
Both the lifetime achievement awards carry a citation and cash of Rs 5 lakh each, while both the special contribution awards carry a citation and Rs 3 lakh cash, it said. The awards will be presented at the upcoming 54th Maharashtra State Marathi Film Festival, Tawde said.
He also congratulated Gokhale and Nalawade for their achievements and contributions to the film industry and on being selected for this year's awards.
Background history of the winners:
Saira Banu (72), started her film career from the tender age of 16, in 1961 with the blockbuster film Junglee with Shammi Kapoor as the male lead and bagged that year's Filmfare Award nomination.
Since then, she never looked back and worked in several memorable films like April Fool, Ayee Milan Ki Bela, Shagird, Padosan, Jhuk Gaya Aasman, Purab Aur Paschim, Victoria No. 203, Resham Ki Dori, Jwar Bhata, Zameer, Hera Pheri and Bairaag, several times cast opposite her husband, Dilip Kumar.
Jackie, (60), was born in Latur, Maharashtra, to his Gujarati father and Kazakhastan mother.
Living in a modest area of South Mumbai, Jaikishan K. Shroff was considered a local toughie till he got a break in Dev Anand's "Swami Dada", but it was Subhash Ghai who offered him a role in his blockbuster film, Hero with the screen name of 'Jackie' in 1983. Over the years, he acted in over 300 films in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, Punjabi, Odiya, Konkani films, and has bagged 3 Filmfare Awards. Some of his notable films include Hero, Swami Dada, Yudh, Karma, Andar Baahar, Kaash, Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, Khalnayak, Rangeela, Yaadein, Mission Kashmir, Devdas, Ram Lakhan, Border and Aar Ya Paar.
Vikram Gokhale, (76), is a well-known actor in Hindi, Marathi films and on television, and has bagged the Sangeet Natak Akademi award for theatre and a National Award for Best Actor in the Marathi film "Anumati".
Arun Nalawade (54), is a renowned actor-producer, who co-produced the Marathi film "Shwaas" that bagged National Award for Best Film in 2003, and was also India's official entry to the Oscars the following year. Over the years, Nalawade has acted in over 50 Marathi films, dramas and television serials, making him one of the most successful actors.