Named after the legendary Indian producer/director, Dadasaheb Phalke, the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Awards hold an unparalleled importance in the Indian film industry. Veterans like Manoj Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, and Dev Anand are some of the eminent Bollywood personalities who have received this award for their “outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema”. And may we add, all of them are well deserved! But how would you react seeing the controversial self-acclaimed godman Ram Rahim featuring in the list of Dadasaheb Phalke awardees?
Facts be damned!
For all the inane minds who don’t waste any time jumping to conclusions, it is important for you to note that there is just one Dadasaheb Phalke award that is authentic and genuine. The highest cinematic honour is presented annually by the President of India at the National Awards ceremony in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi
However, soon after Vinod Khanna was awarded this honour in the 65th National Film Awards, there came another Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards that saw a generous presentation of awards to many actors, including Kriti Sanon, Tamannah Bhatia, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Rani Mukherjee, and Aditi Rao Hydari. While the recipients were elated, it left many confused and wondering.
Dadasaheb must be amused!
Just after Manoj Kumar was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2016, felicitations poured in for Manoj Bajpayee for receiving this award for his performance in Aligarh. It wouldn’t have raised an eyebrow had Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh not been included in the awardees list. On probing further, it was discovered that the awards sharing the same name with a couple of extra words are actually doing a good job of letting the actors boast about their skills and revel in the achievement that doesn’t hold any worth in actual.
These awards with the name of Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards and Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards bear no importance whatsoever and are simply providing fodder to the media outlets that can kill to flood their pages with ‘masala’ news.