The award carries a citation and Rs two lakh in cash and was to be presented to him at a function on the occasion of the death anniversary of music legend Kishore. Describing Kishore as a great artist, Saleem said that nobody will be able to replicate him. Recalling his friendship with Kishore's elder brother and noted actor Ashok Kumar, he said that Ganguly family was full of talent.
"Nobody would be able to achieve the height achieved by Dada Muni (Ashok Kumar) and Dilip Kumar. It appears impossible now," the veteran writer said. PTI