Veteran actor Jeetendra, singer Sunidhi Chauhan, television actors Gautam Rode and Hina Khan were also conferred with the coveted award
Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and Juhi Chawla were honoured by the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy at an awards ceremony. At the 145th edition of the awards, held at Bhaidas Hall in Juhu, Farhan and Juhi were honoured for their outstanding performances in their respective films Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Gulaab Gang. They were happy.
Sharing his excitement, Farhan said: “I am feeling very happy that this film and my work has been appreciated here at Dadasaheb Phalke (Academy) Awards. It feels very nice to get such a prestigious award in the name of Dadasaheb Phalke, who was the father of Indian cinema.”
Juhi, who got the best actress honour, said: “I am very happy to receive the award. I feel very honoured as it is in the name of Dadasaheb Phalke.”
“I feel very privileged,” she added.
Singer Sunidhi Chauhan also received the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award for one of her popular songs Kamli from the film Dhoom:3. She feels lucky to have been chosen for the prestigious award this year and thanked her fans.
“I am feeling like I am on seventh heaven. Thank you so much all of you. Dadasaheb Phalke Award is a very prestigious award and it is a great thing that these awards recognise talent,” the singer said.
“I am highly obliged to the Academy that it provided me an opportunity to feel it. I feel very lucky that I was chosen for this award this year,” she added.
Yesteryears’ actor Jeetendra received Dadasaheb Phalke Ratna Award for his contribution to the Indian film industry.
Besides them, TV actor Gautam Rode, who plays Saras in the popular TV show Saraswatichandra and Hina Khan of TV show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai also won awards.