Posted Fri, May 10, 2013 2:07pm IST

I&B Minister Manish Tewari handed over Indian cinema’s highest honour to the legendary Bollywood actor in Mumbai

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari handed over the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema, Friday to veteran actor Pran, 93, at his residence in Mumbai. The legend could not make it to the 60th National Film Awards ceremony held in the capital last week for health reasons.

“It’s a great honour to present the honour to Pran saab. His contribution to Indian cinema has been huge and the greatness of the award gets bigger after honouring Pran with the Dadasaheb Phalke,” Tewari told reporters at Pran’s residence. The brief ceremony was telecast live.

Pran acted in over 400 movies in a career spanning over six decades and played a vast range of roles – from hero to villain to character artiste. The actor’s popularity rose after he played ruthless villains in hits like MadhumatiZiddi and Ram Aur Shyam. The success of the films made him a symbol of villainy in Hindi filmdom. But he was not just good at portraying evil characters. He wowed his fans and touched their heartstrings when he stepped into character roles as loveable Malang Chacha in Upkar. Later, he thoroughly entertained as street-smart fraud in Victoria No.203, epitomised on-screen friendship as Pathan in Zanjeer and not to forget his role of a grieving father who struggles to establish a rapport with his dead son’s children in Parichay.

Apart from Pran’s family members, well-known filmmaker Karan Johar’s mother Hiroo Johar was present at his residence for the ceremony. TV and film actor Vishal Malhotra was also seen.

Congratulations to the legendary Pran for the honour!

Photos: PIB and NDTV Movies