Monday, April 24, 2006
Tamil superstar Rajnikant will be felicitated with the Raj Kapoor
award and veteran Marathi actor Ashok Saraf with the V Shantaram
award instituted by the Maharashtra government for their lifetime
contribution to cinema.
According to a statement issued by the state cultural
department, the Raj Kapoor award comprises a cash prize of Rs one
lakh, citation and memento while the V Shantaram award carries a
cash prize of Rs 1.25 lakh, memento and a citation.
Rajnikant's real name is Shivajirao Gaikwad and hails from
Kolhapur. Before hitting big time on celluloid screen, Rajni was a
bus conductor. He has acted in more than 150 films in all south
Indian languages and Hindi.
Both he and V Shantaram award winner Ashok Saraf began their
celluloid journey from theatre, then equally distributed their time
between Marathi and Hindi films as well as television serials.
Saraf has carved a niche for himself in comedy, serious and
The awards will be presented on April 30 during the state film
awards presentation function in Thane, Mumbai.
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