Superstar Salman Khan’s father writer Salim Khan, wants Dada saheb Phalke award to be conferred to veteran actor Manoj Kumar.
Manoj Kumar known for his patriotic films is also known as ‘Bharat Kumar’. The songs from his movies ‘Purab Aur Paschim’, ‘Upkaar’, ‘Shaheed’, are still played on Republic Day and Independence Day. He points out that Raj Kapoor had asked Kumar to write scenes for his film, ‘Mera Naam Joker’, while V Shantaram would shower praises on Kumar’s films.
As per sources, Salim Khan said, “Look at the body of work that he (Manoj Kumar) has done. Not only has he won popular film awards, but he has also been honoured with National Awards for making patriotic films. Not many in the film industry have achieved all that he has managed to do. 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.”
Salim Khan is not happy with the selection process of the Dadasaheb Phalke committee, “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.”
So we hope the committee will pay heed to Salim Khan’s request and bestow an award to Manoj Kumar.