Shashi Kapoor receives prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Mumbai: Veteran actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor has received prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award on Mother’s day recalling his iconic ‘mere paas ma hai’ dialogue.

The 77-year-old came on the stage on a wheelchair, but he smiled and folded his hands in reverence after receiving the honour — the third for Indian cinema’s popular Kapoor family.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley presented the award Mr Kapoor, star of over 175 films over a 40-long-year career. Ranbir and Rishi Kapoor made introductions as the ceremony begun. Rishi Kapoor, the actor’s nephew, spoke about being directed by his uncle in Ajooba.

He revealed that Shashi Kapoor was the only director who kept his actors in check on set with a stick – an anecdote that received instant and hearty endorsement from Amitabh Bachchan, who also starred in Ajooba. Rishi Kapoor also quoted his uncle’s famous dialogue from Deewar – “mere paas ma hai.”

Mr Kapoor’s son Kunal and daughter Sanjana accompanied him onto stage. He was presented with a ceremonial shawl and a certificate by Mr Jaitley. “He brought Hindi cinema and Hollywood closer,” Mr Jaitley said after the presentation.