Bollywood's veteran hero Manoj Kumar who is hailed as patriotic hero for starring in many patriotic films got the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Manoj Kumar will be honoured with the 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2015. Union Government will confer him the award for the outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema — consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a shawl.
Jury comprising of Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Salim Khan, Nitin Mukesh and Anup Jalota recommended Manoj Kumar's name unanimously to Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley. After congratulated by the minister, Manoj Kumar said, “It is after about six decades that the Government has recognised my efforts and contribution to Indian cinema. I am honoured today and fondly remember Raj Kapoor sahab and Raj Khosla ji. They would have been the happiest, had they been around."
Manoj Kumar is best known for his films “Hariyali Aur Raasta", “Woh Kaun Thi?", “Himalaya Ki God Mein", “Do Badan", “Upkar", “Patthar Ke Sanam", “Purab Aur Paschim", “Shaheed", “Roti Kapda Aur Makaan" and “Kranti".
Kumar was born as Harikrishna Giri Goswami in Abbottabad, which was then a part of Pre-Independent India. He initially started as a romantic hero following his debut in 1960 with “Kaanch Ki Gudia" but later shifted focus to acting and directing films with patriotic themes so much so that fans started calling him “Bharat Kumar".
The actor won a National Film Award for “Upkaar" and was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1992.