This year’s recipient of the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award is veteran actress Waheeda Rehman.
Union Information and Broadcast Minister Anurag Thakur presented Waheeda Rehman as the recipient of the prestigious award for her contribution to Indian cinema on Tuesday (September 25).
He posted on his official X account, “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. I congratulate her and humbly pay my regards to her rich body of work that is an intrinsic part of our film history,” he added.
She has received critical acclaim for her parts in films such as Pyaasa, Kaagaz ke Phool, Chaudhavi Ka Chand, Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam, Guide, Khamoshi, and others.
Waheeda Rehman has been in various blockbuster films during her five-decade career. She was also nominated for a National Film Award for her performance as a clanswoman in Reshma and Shera. She has also received the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan awards.
Waheeda Rehman is widely recognised as one of the best Indian actresses of all time. She was most recently seen in the Indian-American coming-of-age sports drama ‘Skater Girl,’ which was released in 2021.