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“Dadasaheb Phalke Awards”

List of “Dadasaheb Phalke Award” Winners From the year 1969 Till Date

This award was initiated for recalling and remembering Mr . Dadasaheb Phalke (1870-1944).

He is also known as ‘The Father of Indian Cinema’ , the pioneer who produced and directed the first full length Indian Feature Film, ‘Raja Harishchandra’ in the year 1913.

This is a cash award of Rs 10 Lakhs(US $ 16000/-) and a  Swarna Kamal/Golden Lotus Medal.

Ms.Devika Rani (1908-1994)in Bengali, was the first lady of Indian Cinema  ‘Indian Public Limited Films Company’ 1969-17th National Films Awards(NFA)
Birendranth Sircar (1901-1980) in Bengali
1970-18th NFA
He Founded  International Filmcraft and New Theatres, in Kolkota.

Prithviraj Kapoor (1906-1972)
1971-19TH NFA
He acted in the first Indian film with audio ‘ Alam Ara’ in 1931.
He founded a touring drama company in 1944.
His award was received by his son Raj Kapoor.

Pankaj Mullick (1905-1978)  in Bengali
1972-20TH NFA
Pankaj Mullick was a Music Composer who provided background music in live orchestras during the silent films .

Sulochana/Ruby Myers(1907-1983)  in Hindi
1973-21ST NFA
She was the first sex symbol of the black and white hindi cinema in 1925.
 Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy(1908-1977) in Telgu
1974-22nd NFA
He has 15 Telugu feature films for which he was also awarded Padma Bhushan and a Doctor of Letters honour.

Dhirndranath Ganguly(1893-1978) Bengali
1975-23rd NFA
He is the founder of Bengali films industry. He also founded ‘Indo British Film Company’ in the year 1918 and ‘British Dominion Films Studio’ in the year 1929 for Bengali movies.

Kanan Devi(1916-1992) in Bengali.
1976-24th NFA  
Ms.Kanan Devi was the first woman who acted in the silent Bengali movies in 1920. She founded her own films and also sang Rabindranath tagore’s songs in them.

Nitin Bose(1897-1986) in Bengali and Hindi

1978-26th NFA

He was a Cinematographer, Director and Screenplay writer who also introduced playback singing in Indian Cinema in the year 1935. His Bengali movie, ‘Bhagya Chakra’ and its Hindi remake, ‘Dhoop Chhaon’ had the playback singing.

Raichand Boral(1903-1981) in Bengali and Hindi

1978-26th NFA

He was the Music Directer in the music films Directed by Nitin Bose and also the one to introduce playback singing in Bengali Films.

Sohrab Modi(1897-1984) in Hindi

1979-27th NFA

He introduced classic dramas of Shakesphere through his acting and direction in Indian Cinema.

Paidi Jairaj(1909-2000) in Hindi and Telugu

1980-28th NFA

He portrayed Indian Historical characters in the Indian cinema through his acting and direction.

Naushad( 1919-2006) in Hindi

1981-29th NFA

As a Music Director he introduced techniques of sound mixing in Indian Cinema. starting from his first movie ‘Prem Nagar’ in the year 1940.

L.V.Prasad(1908-1994) in Hindi and Tamil 

1982-30th NFA

As an Actor, he initiated by acting in the first audio films ‘Alam Ara’ in Hindi, ‘Kalidas in Tamil and ‘Bhakta Prahalada’ in Telugu, which were released in the year 1931. As an Actor, Director and Producer, he produced more than 150 movies in various languages through his own founded ‘Prasad Studios’ in the year 1965 and  Prasad Colour Film Laboratory in the year 1976.

Durga Khote(1905-1991) in Hindi and Marathi

1983-31st NFA

She produced short films and documentary films. from her own founded ‘Fact Films’ company and ‘Durga Khote Productions’ company and acted in the first marathi audio movie V.Shantaram’s  ‘Ayodhecha Raja’ in the year 1932.

In  Rishi Kapoor-Dimple starred ‘Bobby’ of the year 1973 Durga Khote  had acted as the grand mother of the heroine.

Satyajit Ray(1921-1992) in Bengali 

1984-32nd NFA

He directed ‘Pather Panchali’ his first Bengali film in the year 1955 and attracted the entire world towards Indian Cinema and conferred with Bharat Ratna in year 1992.

V.Shantaram(1901-1990)  in Hindi and Marathi

1985-33rd NFA

Mr.Shantaram produced and directed the first Indian Colour Movie, ‘Sairanhri’ in the year 1931 and the first Marathi audio movie ’Ayodhyecha Raja’ in the year 1932.

B.Nagi Reddy(1912-2004) in Telugu

1986-34th NFA

He founded ‘Vijaya Vahini Studios’, the then biggest Films Studios in Asia and produced more than 50 movies from the year 1950.

 Raj Kapoor(1924-1988)  in Hindi

1987-35th NFA

Mr.Raj Kapoor  was a movie actor and producer and one of the greatest performers in the Indian Film Industry.

Ashok Kumar(1911-2001) in Hindi

988-36th NFA

Mr. Ashok Kumar was a popular Hindi character actor and phenomenally successful playback singer of Hindi films.

Lata Mangeshkar(Born on 28th September 1929) in Hindi and Marathi 

1989-37th NFA

Ms. Lata Mangeshkar a popular Indian playback singer honored as the  ‘Nightingale of India’ with songs in more than 36 Indian languages since 1940.

A.Nageswara Rao(1923-2014) in Telugu

1990-38th NFA

Mr.Nageswara Rao is the first Super star of Telugu Cinema with having acted in more than 250 movies.

Bhalji Pendharkar(1897-1994) in Marathi

1991-39th NFA

Mr. Pendharkar is a producer of 60 notable historical and social narrative Marathi movies and 8 Hindi movies since 1920.


Dr.Bhupen Hazarika(1926-2011) in Assamese

1992-40th NFA

Mr.Hazarika, A Music Director popularly known as the ‘Bard of Brahmaputra’ for his folk songs and ballads in Assamese.

Majrooh Sultanpuri(1919-2000) in Hindi

1993-41st NFA

Mr.Marooh Sultanpuri was a poplular Lyricist and has written more than 8000 songs since his first movie ‘Shahjehan’ in 1946. 

Dilip Kumar(Born on 12 th December 1922) in Hindi

1994-42nd NFA

Mr.Dilip Kumar  famous as a ’Tragedy King” acted in more than 60 movies his first ‘Jwar Bhata’ in 1944.

Raj Kumar (1929-2006) in Kannada

1995-43rd NFA

Mr.Rajkumar a Kannada movie actor and singer for almost 45 years acted and sang in more than 200 movies won a National Film Award for the ‘Best Male Playback Singer’ in the year 1992, for his classical song in ‘Thodi Raaga’.

Sivaji Ganesan(1928-2001) in Tamil

1996-44th NFA

Mr.Sivaji Ganesan known for his unique dialogues delivery and lips movements and body language in acting and songs as “Nadigar Thilagam” has acted in more than 300 Tamil movies .

Kavi Pradeep(1915-1998) in Hindi

1997-45th NFA

Mr.Pradeep is a patriotic Hindi Movie Lyricist, has written about 1700 songs, nationalistic poems and lyrics for more than 80 Hindi movies.

B.R.Chopra(1914-2008) in Hindi

1998-46th NFA

Founder of  “B.R.Films’ in the year 1956.

 “Mahabharat’ is also very popular.

Hrishikesh Mukherjee(1922-2006) in Hindi

1999-47th NFA

Mr.Mukherjee is a movie director and producer of movies like ‘Anuradha’ in 1960, ‘Anand’ in 1971 and ‘Gol Maal’ 1979.

Asha Bhosle(Born on 08th September 1933) in Hindi and Marathi

2000-48th NFA

Ms.Asha Bhosle, younger sister of Ms.Lata Mangeshkar, and a popular play back singer. She has a ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ for the most recorded artist in the music history.

Yash Chopra(1932-2012) in Hindi

2001-49th NFA

Mr.Yash Chopra is a founder , Director and Producer  of ‘Yas Raj Films’, directed over 22 Hindi movies. 

Dev Anand(1923-2011) in Hindi

2002-50th NFA

Mr.Dev Anand known as the ‘Ever Green Star’ of Hindi Cinema ‘ Navketan Films’ in the year 1949  and produced 35 movies. Acted in 114 Hindi and 2 English as a lead actor. 


Mrinal Sen(Born on 14th May 1923) in Bengali

2003-51st NFA

Mr.Mrinal Sen is a producer and director  of Bengali movies.

He had produced 27 movies from his first movie, ‘Raat Bhore’ in the year 1955.

Adoor Gopala Krishnan(Born on 03rd July 1941)

2004-52nd NFA

In 1972 He won the National Film Award for the ‘Best Direction’ for his first movie ‘Swayamvaram’  for portrayal of complex social problems in simple manner.

Shyam Benegal(Born on 14th December 1934) in Hindi

2005-53rd NFA

Mr.Shyam Benegal produced movies focused on rights of women in India.

Tapan Sinha(1924-2009) in Bengali

2006-54th NFA

Mr.Sinha has produced and directed more than 40 feature films in Bengali, Hindi and Oriya.

Manna Dey(1919-2013) in Bengali and Hindi

2007-55th NFA

Mr.Manna Dey is an Indian Movies Playback Singer whose songs are a fusion of Indian classical music in a pop framework. He has sung more than 3500 songs in various Indian languages.

V.K.Murthy(1923-2014) in Hindi

2008-56th NFA

Mr.Murthy is a Cinematographer worked in collaboration with the popular Hindi Movie Director Guru Dutt.

D.Rama Naidu(1936-2015) in Telugu

2009-57th NFA

Mr.Rama Naidu has a world record and listed in ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ holder for producing movies in 9 languages. He produced more than 130 movies in various Indian languages , mostly in Telugu.


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