Legendary filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan has been chosen for this year's Dabasaheb Phalke Award, in recognition of his vast contribution to cinema.
A four-time National Award winner and a Padma Shri, some of Adoor's most famous films include Swayamvaram, Elipathayam and Nizhalkuthu.
The Dadasaheb Phalke award, instituted in 1969 -- the birth centenary of the man considered to be the Father of Indian Cinema -- is given out every year by the Indian government in recognition of lifetime contribution to Indian cinema.
Some of the previous recipients of the prestigious award are: Mrinal Sen (2003); Hrishikesh Mukherjee (1999); Sivaji Ganesan [Images] (1996); and Satyajit Ray (1984).
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