Manoj Kumar

Veteran actor-director Manoj Kumar will be awarded with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award and reacting to this Kumar stated that Indian government’s decision to honour him with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, comes as a “pleasant surprise”.

“It’s a pleasant surprise. I was sleeping, and I started getting calls from my friends. I thought they were kidding, but when I read the news myself, I realised that it’s for real,” Kumar told IANS over phone.

“Let me digest the fact that I am getting this award. It is certainly one of the most prestigious awards we have. I am extremely satisfied with whatever I have achieved in my life, and my family is extremely happy with this news,” added the actor, most of whose works have dwelt upon patriotic themes.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is conferred by the government of India for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema. The award consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs.10 lakh and a shawl.