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Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year – 2013

Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year :

 

In 2013 the Government of India has instituted  “Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year”  to commemorate 100 years of Indian Cinema.     From this year onwards, the award would be given annually to an outstanding film personality for his or her contribution to Indian Cinema.    The award carries a citation, a certificate, a medal (silver peacock), a shawl and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.

Some Background to Start of Indian Cinema :

It was on 3rd May, 1913, when Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian Cinema, released his epochal feature film Raja Harishchandra    Although the French introduced the concept of moving images, yet India had  become the largest film industry in the world.

The silent era came to an end when Ardeshir Irani produced his first talkie, ‘Alam Ara’ in 1931.  If Phalke was the father of Indian cinema, Irani can be easily called the father of the talkie. The talkies changed the face of Indian cinema.  With the introduction of voice in the films, now apart from looks, the actors  needed a commanding voice and also singing skills, as music became a defining element in Indian cinema.   The year (1931) also marked the beginning of the Talkie era in South Indian films. The first talkie films in Bengali (Jumai Shasthi), Telugu (Bhakta Prahlad) and Tamil (Kalidass) were released in the same year.

It’s a miracle that Indian cinema has withstood the test of time despite the vast cultural differences in the past 100 years.     Indian cinema has an identity that is very unique and unmatched. We have moved from the black and white silent films to 3D, but our cinema continues to retain its basic essence – to thrill.

 

Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year 2013 :

It has been announced on 17th November, 2013 that legendary actress Waheeda Rehman will be honoured with the inaugural “Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year”  at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa on November 20.

She started her career in film industry with a Telgu film named Jayasimha in 1955 and her debut in the Hindi films started in 1956 with CID .   The 77-year-old actress, known for her memorable performance in films like ‘Guide’ and ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’, will be given the honour in recognition of her unparalleled contribution to Indian cinema.   Rehman was given Padma Shri in 1972 and the Padma Bhushan in 2011