Ratan Tata, Shabana Azmi, Sooraj Barjatya and Athiya Shetty at Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2016

Poonam Jhawer, Sanjay khan, Ratan Tata With Kamini Kaushal

Mumbai got very shiner when many shining stars from Bollywood and Television were seen together at the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2016. The Dadasaheb Phalke excellence Award recognises the contribution of film personalities towards the development of Indian Cinema. Dadasaheb Phalke excellence Award is given to a film personality for their outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema.  The event saw the presence of who’s who from Bollywood and Television Industry comprising of a lot of celebs. The show starts by lighting the auspicious lamp as a favourable start and a sign of future success for the evening. It was anchored by renowned television personality, Rohit Roy. Actor Sanjay Khan and Actress Poonam Jhawer were seen welcoming Honourable Industrialist Shri Ratan Tata who was the chief guest of the evening. Poonam said, “I am really glad and honoured to have Mr Ratan Tata who has graced  the occasion and to made this day memorable for the film fraternity. Ratan Tata was seen honouring the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award to  Actress Shabana Azmi for the movie Neerja  as she got an award for her mesmerising performance in the movie. Ratan Tata also honoured Actress Kamini Kaushal for the  Lifetime achievement award for recognising contributions over the whole career. Ratan Tata said, “It’s an honoured to be the part of such a great night and to be with many renowned people from the film industry.”


The night got dazzled when the Disco king and the Golden man of the film industry Bappi Lahiri got his lifetime achievement award for the wonderful era of music which can be never replaced Bappi Lahiri seen praising director and filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya and his father Rajkumar Barjatya for all his support and encouragement in his life, he said, “It’s really a great honour to get Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award and I love it. I want to thank Sooraj Barjatya and Rajkumar Barjatya who was always there for me.” After his overwhelming response, Bappi Lahiri honours the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award to Satish Reddy for the World News Network as the “Best International News Agency”. Satish Reddy said, ” I am honoured to be the recipient of this award; it’s a wonderful feeling and to win such a prestigious award and Special thanks to each and everyone out there who has been supporting me & loving my work.”


The heartthrob Actor Suraj Pancholi and sizzling Actress Athiya Shetty were honoured with the award for the debut performance in Bollywood. Actor Suraj Pancholi said, “I want to thank Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award for giving me this award and I promise to make this worth it every time.”


Organizer Harsh Mehta was seen thanking everybody for their support and their appearance, he said, ” I am thankful to my friends and audience for their tremendous appreciation and love. I promise to keep up & every year the special for everyone.”


Other who were also get acknowledge for their contribution to the industry were Annu Kapoor, Director Shoojit Sircar, Filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya,  Music Composer Pritam, Lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya, Actor Sikander Kher, Actress Richa Chaddha, Actress Indrani Krishnan,  Choreographer Ganesh Acharya, Actor Deepak Dobriyal, Singer Palak Muchhal, Politician Smita Thackeray, Actor Shailesh Lodha, and Dr Jaishree Manchanda.


Awardees List:


Shabana Azami (Best Supporting actress “Neerja”)

Sikander Kher (Best Actor Male for Tere Bin Laden- Dead  or Alive)

Sooraj Barjatya (Best Memorable film “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo)

Richa Chaddha (Best Actress Masaan)

Annu Kapoor (Best R.J.)

Indra Krishnan (Best Actress Female TV)

Sameer Dharmadhakari (Best Actor Male T.V.)

Deepak Dobriyal (Best Supporting Actor “Tanu Weds Manu Returns)

Shoojit Sarkar (Best director Piku

Amitabh Bhattacharya (Best Lyrics “Dilwale”)

Pritam (Best Music “Dilwale”)

Kamini Kaushal (Life Time Achievement awards )

Bappi Lahiri (Life time Achievement Awards)

Palak Muchal (Best Singer Female)

Rashmi Sharma (Best Producer T.V.)

Swaraj Singh (Best Actor Stage)

Sooraj Pancholi & Athiya Shetty (Best Pair Debut)

Amit Khanna (Best photographer Still)

Satish Reddy (Best International News Agency)

Ganesh Acharya (Best Choreographer)

Jayshree Mirchandani (Best Cosmetic)

Dr Saravanan Lakshmanan  & Dr Mahalaxmi Saravanan (Social Services in Medical)