Exemplifying ‘Strength Of Bharatiya Nari’: Waheeda Rehman To Be Conferred Dadasaheb Phalke Award

New Delhi: Veteran actor Waheeda Rehman (85) will be conferred with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award this year, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur announced on Tuesday.

Taking to X, Anurag Thakur wrote, “I feel an immense sense of happiness and honour in announcing that Waheeda Rehman ji is being bestowed with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award this year for her stellar contribution to Indian Cinema.”

“At a time when the historic Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam has been passed by Parliament, her being awarded with this lifetime achievement award is a fitting tribute to one of the leading ladies of Indian Cinema and one who has dedicated her life after films to philanthropy and the greater good of society,” he added.

A towering legend of Indian cinema, the 85-year-old actress made her acting debut with Telugu film ‘Rojulu Marayi’ (1955) and is known for iconic roles in ‘Guide’, ‘Pyaasa’, ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’, ‘Khamoshi’ and numerous other films.

The Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee also played pivotal roles in Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), Rang De Basanti (2006), Delhi 6 (2009, Vishwaroopam II (2018) and Skater Girl (2021), among others.

Last year, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award was conferred on veteran actor Asha Parekh. The other recipients of the prestigious award include Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan, Gulzar, Pran, Prithviraj Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Manna Dey, and Vinod Khanna (posthumously).

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