September 10th, 2011
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Salim Kumar received National Award

salim-kumarNew Delhi: The prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award and National Awards in 36 other categories were awarded by President Pratibha Patel at the 58th edition of National Film Awards 2010 function at Vigyan Bhawan here on Friday evening. Versatile Malayalam actor Salim Kumar collected the Rajat Kamal for an “evocative, restrained performance as a simple man with an unshakeable humanist faith in his quest for salvation” in the acclaimed Malayalam movie “Adaminte Makan Abu.”

Director Salim Ahmed and co-producer Ashraf Bedi got the coveted ‘Swarna Kamal’ and a cash prize of Rs 2.5 lakh each for the same movie. The film won a total of four awards. Veteran director K. Balachander, a film-maker of distinction, known for his masterpieces “Iru Kodugal”, “Apoorva Raagangal” and “Ek Duuje Ke Liye” was awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke award.

Balachander, who walked up to the podium to collect the highest award in cinema, received a standing ovation from the gathering. Cinema talents like Kamal Hasan, Rajnikanth, Prakash Raj and Sri Devi, were introduced by the prominent writer and director. He has produced more than 60 films in his career and directed nearly 100 films in his career in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.

Twenty-three films were awarded in the feature film category.







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