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EntertainmentDharmendra to receive Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement award

Dharmendra to receive Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement award

Hirani is regarded as one of the most celebrated filmmakers of Hindi cinema, having made critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful films such as Munna Bhai MBBS, 3 Idiots and PK

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Mumbai: Veteran actor Dharmendra has been chosen for Maharashtra government’s Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement Award and director Rajkumar Hirani will get the Raj Kapoor Special Contributions Award.

Maharashtra Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde made the announcement via social media on Sunday.

Veteran Marathi actor Vijay Chavhan will receive the V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement award, while actor-director Mrinal Kulkarni has been named for V Shantaram Special Contribution awards.

“Delighted to announce veteran actor Dharmendraji as the recipient of Maharashtra State’s Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement Award and director Rajkumar Hirani on being selected for the Raj Kapoor Special Contributions Award. Congratulations (sic),” Tawde tweeted.

Dharmendra, 82, has movies such as Sholay, Chupke Chupke, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Satyakam and Seeta Aur Geeta to his credit. Dharmendra’s roles in action films earned him nicknames such as “Action King” and “He-Man”.

He has given 107 box office hit films in his career which is second only to Jeetendra who delivered 113 box office hits. One of his most notable roles was in Sholay. After Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan, he is the third hero with highest grossing films to his name, in Hindi film industry.

Hirani is regarded as one of the most celebrated filmmakers of Hindi cinema, having made critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful films such as Munna Bhai MBBS, 3 Idiots and PK.

He is currently gearing up for the release of a biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt, with whom he has collaborated on a number of projects.

“Congratulations to veteran actor Vijay Chavhan and actress-director Mrinal Kulkarni on being announced as the recipients of the prestigious Chitrapati V Shantaram Jivangaurav Puraskar and Chitrapati V Shantaram Vishesh Yogdaan Puraskar respectively (sic),” Tawde tweeted.

Chavhan, who is a well-known Marathi stage actor, has appeared in many Marathi films as well as on television. He is best known for his role of Mavshi in the famous Marathi stage drama Moruchi Mavshi. He has also worked in Hindi films.

Kulkarni has worked, both in films and TV and is best known for featuring on the television show Son Pari. She also directed Prem Mhanje Prem Mhanje Prem Asta and the Marathi historical drama Rama Madhav.

Both the lifetime achievement awards carry a citation and cash reward of Rs 5,00,000, while the special contribution awards carry a citation and Rs 3,00,000 cash prize each.

The State government-instituted awards will be given away at the 55th Maharashtra State Marathi Film Festival.

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