Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India announced on April 12, 2014 that legendary poet and film lyricist Sampooran Singh Kalra famous as Gulzar was selected for Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2013. He is the 45th winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
The award was introduced in 1969. Award was introduced to commemorate the birth centenary year of Dadasaheb Phalke.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema. It is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Last five winner of Dadasaheb Phalke Award:
- D. Ramanaidu (2009)
- K. Balachander (2010)
- Soumitra Chatterjee (2011)
- Pran (2012)
- Gulzar (2013).