Veteran actor and director Manoj Kumar has been chosen for the 47th Dadasaheb Phalke award, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry announced here on Friday.

His name was approved for the prestigious award by a five-member jury comprising legendry singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.

“Salim Khan, Nitin Mukesh and Anup Jalota were also members in the

jury which unanimously recommended Manoj Kumar for the prestigious Award,” the ministry stated. I&B Minister Arun Jaitley spoke to Kumar and congratulated him on being conferred the prestigious award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema.

The award consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a shawl. The 78-year-old actor, who was a recipient of National Film Award for his role in his directorial debut “Upkaar”, is remembered for many of his popular films.

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