The Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2016 ceremony, held in Mumbai April 24, was a star-studded affair attended by eminent Bollywood, television and music stars.
The event was anchored by renowned television personality Rohit Roy. Actors Sanjay Khan and Poonam Jhawer welcomed Ratan Tata, who was the chief guest of the evening.
Tata presented the Dadasaheb Phalke Award to actress Shabana Azmi for her mesmerizing performance as Neerja Bhanot’s mother in the movie “Neerja.” Tata also honored actress Kamini Kaushal with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions spanning her whole career.
‘Disco King’ Bappi Lahiri received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his wonderful era of music. Lahiri praised director-filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya, who received the award for Best Memorable Film, and his father, Rajkumar Barjatya, for their support and encouragement in his life.
Lahiri said, “It’s really a great honor to get the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award, and I love it. I want to thank Sooraj Barjatya and Rajkumar Barjatya, who was always there for me.”
Lahiri presented the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award to Satish Reddy for the World News Network as the “Best International News Agency.”
Bollywood heartthrob Sooraj Pancholi and actress Athiya Shetty were honored with the award for their debut performance in Salman Khan’s “Hero.”
Others who were acknowledged for their contributions to the industry included Annu Kapoor, director Shoojit Sircar, music composer Pritam, lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya, actor Sikander Kher, actress Richa Chadda, actress Indrani Krishnan, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, actor Deepak Dobriyal, singer Palak Muchhal, politician Smita Thackeray, actor Shailesh Lodha and Dr. Jaishree Manchanda.
Here is the full list of awardees:
Shabana Azmi (Best Supporting Actress - “Neerja”)
Sikander Kher (Best Male Actor - “Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive”)
Sooraj Barjatya (Best Memorable Film - “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”)
Richa Chadda (Best Actress - “Masaan”)
Annu Kapoor (Best R.J.)
Indra Krishnan (Best Actress TV)
Sameer Dharmadhakari (Best Male Actor TV)
Deepak Dobriyal (Best Supporting Actor - “Tanu Weds Manu Returns")
Shoojit Sarkar (Best Director - “Piku”)
Amitabh Bhattacharya (Best Lyrics - “Dilwale”)
Pritam (Best Music - “Dilwale”)
Kamini Kaushal (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Bappi Lahiri (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Palak Muchal (Best Singer Female)
Rashmi Sharma (Best Producer TV)
Swaraj Singh (Best Actor Stage)
Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty (Best Debut Pair - “Hero”)
Amit Khanna (Best Photographer Still)
Satish Reddy (Best International News Agency)
Ganesh Acharya (Best Choreographer)
Jayshree Mirchandani (Best Cosmetic)
Dr. Saravanan Lakshmanan and Dr. Mahalaxmi Saravanan (Social Services in Medical)