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'Dadasaheb Phalke Award' is one of the most prestigious and the highest film awards conferred by the Indian Government to people in the film industry who have made some outstanding contributions to cinema.
Only one Malayalam film celebrity has won this award so far. Do you want know who that celebrity is? Read on to know more about him.
The maverick film-maker who took Malayalam cinema to international level, is the only Malayalam film celebrity to win the Dadasaheb Phalke award.
Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2004
He received this award in the year 2004 for the outstanding contributions that he made to the Indian cinema.
National Awards For Debut film
Adoor Gopalakrishnan went on to win the National Award for Best Director for his debut film Swayamvaram, which released in the year 1972. The film also went on to win the Best Film award.
National Award For Best Director
He has won the Best Director Awards at the National Film Awards, 5 times. Only Satyajit Ray is ahead of him, who won it 6 times.
Adoor Gopalakrishnan is going to make a film after a gap of 8 years. The film has been titled 'Pinneyum' and would star Dileep and Kavya Madhavan in the lead roles.
Dadasaheb Phalke Award was instituted in the year 1969 and popular actress Devika Rani was the first recipient of this award.
Adoor Gopalakrishnan is the first Malayalam celebrity to win this award. He won it in the year 2004.
Celebrities from all the departments of cinema are considered for this award and it is being presented on a yearly basis along with the National Film awards.
It would come as a shocker when we know that only one person from Malayalam Cinema has received this award so far, since its inception 46 years back.
This award has remained alien to Malayalam film industry despite the major contributions that the industry has made to the Indian cinema.
Let us hope and believe that, many more Malayalam film celebrities, who truly deserve this award for the contributions that they have made to Indian cinema would be considered for this most prestigious award.