Courtesy: UNI 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 villanious roles.
The awards will be presented on April 30 during the state film awards presentation function in Thane, Mumbai.
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