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Salim Khan to receive lifetime achievement award this IFFI


Salim Khan, the celebrated story-screenplay-dialogue writer of Hindi films will be presented with the International Film Festival of India Special Award for his lifetime contribution to cinema.

The prestigious award will be presented to Salim Khan during the closing ceremony of IFFI 2018, at the Dr Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Stadium, on November 28. He will be given a cash prize of Rs10 lakh, a certificate and a shawl.

The announcement was made on Monday by the Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore, on Twitter. “It’s a privilege for #IFFI to honour #SalimKhan for his outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema at #IFFI2018. Join us in presenting the award to him at the closing ceremony of #IFFI2018,” the tweet said.

Salim Khan formed a successful team with Javed Akhtar during the 1970s and the 1980s to churn out blockbusters like ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ (1971), ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’ (1972), ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’ (1973), ‘Zanjeer’ (1973), ‘Majboor’ (1974), ‘Haath Ki Safai’ (1974), ‘Deewaar’ (1975), ‘Sholay’ (1975), ‘Don’ (1978), ‘Trishul’ (1978), ‘Kaala Patthar’ (1979), ‘Dostana’ (1980), ‘Shaan’ (1980), Kranti (1981), ‘Shakti’ (1982) and ‘Mr India’ (1987), among many others.

The scripts by the duo while presenting progressive, feminist and anti-establishment themes, which resonated with Indian audiences in the 1970s and early 1980s, also gave birth to the larger-than-life image of Angry Young Man, as enacted by Amitabh Bachchan with Vijay as his screen name, exploding the suppressed emotions of the youth of the time.

Salim Khan was born on November 24, 1935 in Indore. He has also registered a memorable contribution as an actor and a producer. He acted in films like ‘Professor’ (1962), ‘Teesri Manzil’ (1966), ‘Diwana’ (1967) and so on working under the name Prince Salim; he has also produced films such as ‘Aakhri Ghulam’ (1989), ‘Insaniyat Ke Devta’ (1993), ‘Billa No. 786’ (2000), etc.


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