Veteran actress Saira Banu and actor Jackie Shroff have been named for the prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement and Raj Kapoor Special Contribution annual awards, respectively, by the Maharashtra government, Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde announced here on Wednesday. Well-known Marathi film industry personalities Vikram Gokhale and Arun Nalawade have been named for the coveted V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement and V. Shantaram Special Contribution annual awards, he added.
Both the lifetime achievement awards carry a citation and cash of Rs 500,000 each, while both the special contribution awards carry a citation and Rs 300,000 in cash. These awards, instituted by the state government, will be given away at the upcoming 54th Maharashtra State Marathi Film Festival, Tawde said.
“Congratulations to veteran actress Saira Banu ji on being selected for the award celebrating her cinematic journey and to Jackie Shroff for his contributions to Indian cinema,” Tawde said in a tweet. He also congratulated Gokhale and Nalawade for their achievements and contributions to the film industry and on being selected for this year’s awards.
Saira Banu (72), started her film career, aged barely 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. Jackie, (60), was born in Latur, Maharashtra, to his Gujarati father and Kazakhastan nmother. Over the years, he acted in over 300 Hindi, and other languages.