A committee comprising Telugu film personalities Tammareddi Bharadwaja, M Balayya and KC Sekhar Babu chose Amitabh Bachchan for the NTR National Film Award for 2011 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, official sources here said.
Previous recipients of the award include, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, a contemporary of late NTR, Bollywood great Dilip Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, thespian Sivaji Ganesan, music maestro Ilaiyaraja, Kannada actor Raj Kumar, director Hrishikesh Mukherjee and actress Waheeda Rehman among others.
The Committee also chose film director Shyam Benegal for the BN Reddy National Award that carries a reward of Rs 2 lakh, a citation and a memento. Telugu movie stalwart and former MP Kaikala Satyanarayana has been chosen for prestigious Raghupati Venkaiah Memorial Award that also carries Rs 2 lakh. Telugu film producer and studio owner G Adiseshagiri Rao has been chosen for the Nagireddy-Chakrapani National Film Award.
The selection committee, along with state Information and Public Relations Minister DK Aruna, met Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy here tonight and submitted the list of awardees. The awards will be presented on Ugadi, the Telugu New Year's Day, here on April 11, the release said.