While the Jumping Jack will be receiving the Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year, Bharat Kumar is still waiting for his
Veteran actor Jeetendra not only celebrates his birthday today, but is also rejoicing the Dadasaheb Phalke Award conferred upon him. On the other hand, Manoj Kumar is yet to be awarded with this prestigious award. And batting strongly for the veteran patriotic star is none other than superstar Salman Khan‘s father veteran writer Salim Khan.
While Jeetendra is gearing up for the mega event India’s highest cinema award and will have producer wife Shobha Kapoor by his side on stage, Salim Khan is sticking by Kumar to get him this much deserved recognition.
Sr Khan said in a recent interview to a news daily, “It is sad to see that despite winning appreciation from the likes of Raj Kapoor and V Shantaram, he has been ignored by the Dadasaheb Phalke committee year after year. He created the brand Bharat that is synonymous with him even today. If a personality turns down an award, the government hands it to someone else; this is not the right way to go about acknowledging talent. A deserving person should be given the award. Nadira, who contributed tremendously to Indian cinema, never won the award. Pran Saab was given the award just before he passed away. This is not fair.”
While we would like to congratulate Jeetendra for his win, we hope that Manoj Kumar too finds one coming his way. After all who can ever forget or replace Bollywood’s most patriotic star.