Dada Saheb Phalke Award
Why in News
● Actor Rajinikanth was conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke Award at a National Film Awards
ceremony by Vice-President.
About Dada Saheb Phalke
● Dadasaheb Phalke was a producer, director, and screenwriter from India.
● Raja Harischandra(1913), India’s first feature film, was directed by him.
● He is referred to as the “Father of Indian Cinema.”
● In his honour, the Indian government established the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for
lifelong contributions to Indian cinema in 1969, and Devika Rani, “the first lady of
Indian cinema,” received it for the first time.
● It is given for “Outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian
cinema,” and it is the country’s top film honour.