Saira Banu and Jackie Shroff get Raj Kapoor awards


Saira Banu

Veteran actress Saira Banu was yesterday named for the prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime achievement award of the Maharashtra Government.

Actor Jackie Shroff was selected for the Raj Kapoor Special contribution award. The announcement was made by state Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde here.

Noted Marathi actors Vikram Gokhale and Arun Nalawade were selected for the coveted V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement and V.Shantaram Special Contribution annual awards, Tawde said in an official communication issued by his ministry.

Both the lifetime achievement awards carry a citation and cash of Rs five lakh each, while both the special contribution awards carry a citation and Rs three lakh cash, it said.

The awards will be presented at the upcoming 54th Maharashtra State Marathi Film Festival, Tawde said.

"Congratulations to veteran actress Saira Banu ji on being selected for the award celebrating her cinematic journey and to Jackie Shroff for his contributions to Indian cinema," reads a post on Tawde's tweeter handle.

The minister also congratulated Gokhale and Nalawade for their achievements and contributions to the film industry.

Some of the prominent films of Saira Banu (72) are "Junglee" (1961), "Purab aur Paschim" (1970), "Victoria No. 203" (1972), "Padosan", "JwarBhata", "Bairag" (1976).

Prominent films of Shroff (60), whose acting career spans over three decades, include "Hero" (1983), "Teri Meherbaniyan" (1984), "Sazish". He had won the Filmfare best actor award for his role in the film "Parinda" (1990).

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