Dadasaheb Phalke award goes to senior Kannada producer C.V.L.
Shastry, who received the award last Thursday at a function in
Mumbai. The award and certificate of Legendary Film Producer was
presented to Shastry by yesteryear super hero Rajesh Khanna. Ramesh
Prasad and Santosh Singh Jain, President of Dadasaheb Phalke
Academy were also present at the event.
C.V.L. Shastry is an industrialist who performed a key role in
the touring talkies revolution in Karnataka. He produced films like
Malaya Marutha, Aseya bale, Kalla kulla, all of them
starring Dr. Vishnuvardhan. The serial Malgudi Days, based on R.K.
Narayan's short stories in the direction of Shankar Nag, was also
produced by Shastry. He was earlier the President of the Karnataka
Film Chamber of Commerce. Smt. Parvathamma Rajkumar and R. Lakshman
have received the same honour in earlier years.