List of Dadasaheb Phalke Award Winners (1969-2021)

The Father of Indian Cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke, made the first Indian feature film Raja Harishchandra in the year 1913. In his memory, the Government of India introduced the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1969. The 51st Dadasaheb Phalke award was conferred to the legendary actor Rajnikanth.
Updated: Feb 21, 2022 11:52 IST
List of Dadasaheb Phalke Award Winners
List of Dadasaheb Phalke Award Winners

List of Dadasaheb Phalke Award Winners (1969-2021): Celebrated actor Rajnikanth received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2019 on 25 October 2021 for his timeless and majestic contribution to Indian cinema as an actor, producer and screenwriter. The actor has previously been honoured with Padma Awards-- Padma Bhushan (2000) and Padma Vibhushan (2016). 

Jury for the award: The jury this year for the prestigious award included playback singing queen Asha Bhosle, director-producer of Saudagar- Subhash Ghai, Malayalam icon Mohanlal, music director and singer Shankar Mahadevan and Biswajeet Chatterjee.

67th National Film Awards 2021: Check List of Winners & History of the highest honour of Indian Cinema here

List of previous recipients of Dadasaheb Phalke Award 

Ceremonial Year Recipient Film industry
2019 (67th)  Rajnikanth Tamil
2018 (66th) Amitabh Bachchan Hindi
2017 (65th) Vinod Khanna Hindi
2016 (64th) Kasinathuni Viswanath Telugu
2015 (63rd) Manoj Kumar Hindi
2014 (62nd) Shashi Kapoor Hindi
2013 (61st) Gulzar Hindi
2012 (60th) Pran Hindi
2011 (59th) Soumitra Chatterjee Bengali
2010 (58th) K. Balachander Tamil, Telugu
2009 (57th) D. Ramanaidu Telugu
2008 (56th) V. K. Murthy Hindi
2007(55th) Manna Dey Bengali, Hindi
2006 (54th) Tapan Sinha Bengali, Hindi
2005 (53rd) Shyam Benegal Hindi
2004 (52nd) Adoor Gopalakrishnan Malayalam
2003 (51st) Mrinal Sen Bengali
2002 (50th) Dev Anand Hindi
2001 (49th) Yash Chopra Hindi
2000 (48th) Asha Bhosle  Hindi, Marathi
1999 (47th) Hrishikesh Mukherjee Hindi
1998 (46th) B. R. Chopra Hindi
1997 (45th) Kavi Pradeep Hindi
1996 (44th) Sivaji Ganesan Tamil
1995 (43rd) Rajkumar Kannada
1994 (42nd) Dilip Kumar Hindi
1993 (41st) Majrooh Sultanpuri Hindi
1992 (40th) Bhupen Hazarika Assamese
1991 (39th) Bhalji Pendharkar Marathi
1990 (38th) Akkineni Nageswara Rao Telugu
1989 (37th) Lata Mangeshkar  Hindi, Marathi
1988 (36th) Ashok Kumar Hindi
1987 (35th) Raj Kapoor Hindi
1986 (34th) B. Nagi Reddy Telugu
1985 (33rd) V. Shantaram  Hindi, Marathi
1984 (32nd) Satyajit Ray Bengali
1983 (31st) Durga Khote Hindi, Marathi
1982 (30th) L. V. Prasad Hindi, Tamil, Telugu
1981 (29th) Naushad Hindi
1980 (28th) Paidi Jairaj Hindi, Telugu
1979 (27th) Sohrab Modi Hindi
1978 (26th) Raichand Boral Bengali, Hindi
1977 (25th) Nitin Bose Bengali, Hindi
1976 (24th) Kanan Devi Bengali
1975 (23rd) Dhirendra Nath Ganguly Bengali
1974 (22nd) Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy Telugu
1973 (21st) Ruby Myers (Sulochana) Hindi
1972 (20th) Pankaj Mullick Bengali & Hindi
1971 (19th) Prithviraj Kapoor Hindi
1970 (18th) Birendranath Sircar Bengali
1969 (17th) Devika Rani Hindi

'Jungle Cry' directed by Sagar Ballary won the Best Film (Jury) award at the 11th Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival 2021. It is based on a true story of 12 underprivileged tribal children from KISS Odisha who won the World Rugby Championship held in the UK in 2007. 

Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2022

Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2022 was held at Mumbai's Taj Lands End on February 20. The event celebrated the grandeur of Indian Cinema and commemorated 75 years of Independence - Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Check the complete list below. 



Awarded to


 Film of the Year

 Pushpa: The Rise


 Best Film



 Best Actor

 Ranveer Singh for '83'


 Best Actress

 Kriti Sanon for 'Mimi'


 Best Director

 Ken Ghosh for State of Siege: Temple Attack


Outstanding Contribution To Film Industry

 Asha Parekh


 Best Actor in Supporting Role

 Satish Kaushik for Kaagaz


 Best Actress in Supporting Role

 Lara Dutta for Bell Bottom


 Best Actor in a Negative Role

 Aayush Sharma for Antim: The Final Truth


 Critics Best Film

 Sardar Udham


 Critics Best Actor

 Sidharth Malhotra for Shershaah


 Critics Best Actress

 Kiara Advani for Shershaah


 People’s Choice Best Actor

 Abhimanyu Dassani


 People’s Choice Best Actress

 Radhika Madan


 Best Debut

 Ahan Shetty for Tadap


 Best International Feature Film

 Another Round


 Best Web Series



 Best Actor in Web Series

 Manoj Bajpayee for The Family Man 2


 Best Actress in Web Series

 Raveena Tandon for Aranyak


 Television Series of the Year



 Best Actor in Television Series

 Shaheer Sheikh for Kuch Rang Pyar ke Aise Bhi


 Best Actress in Television Series

 Shraddha Arya for Kundali Bhagya


 Most Promising Actor in Television Series

 Dheeraj Dhoopar for Kundali Bhagya


 Most Promising Actress in Television Series

 Rupali Ganguly for Anupama


 Best Short Film



 Best Playback Singer Male

 Vishal Mishra


 Best Playback Singer Female

 Kanika Kapoor


 Best Cinematographer

 Jayakrishna Gummadi for Haseen Dilruba

Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2021

On 20 February 2021, the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2021 took place in Mumbai and were aired live on ZEE5. 

Here is the list of winners of the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2021:

  1. Best Actor (Female)- Deepika Padukone, Chhapaak
  2. Best Actor (Male)- Akshay Kumar, Laxmii
  3. Critic's Best Actress- Kiara Advani, Guilty
  4. Critic’s Best Actor- Sushant Singh Rajput
  5. Best Film- Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior
  6. Best International Feature Film- Parasite
  7. Most Versatile Actor- Kay Kay Menon
  8. Best Director- Anurag Basu, Ludo
  9. Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Vikrant Massey, Chhapaak
  10. Best Actress in Supporting Role- Radhika Madan
  11. Best Actor in Comic Role- Kunal Kemmu, Lootcase
  12. Best Actor (Web Series)- Bobby Deol, Aashram
  13. Best Actress (Web Series)- Sushmita Sen, Aarya
  14. Best Web Series- Scam: 1992
  15. Album of the Year- Titliyaan
  16. Best Television Series- Kundali Bhagya
  17. Photographer of the Year- Daboo Ratnani
  18. Style Diva of the Year- Divya Khosla Kumar
  19. Best Actress in Television Series- Surbhi Chandna
  20. Best Actor in Television Series- Dheeraj Dhoopar
  21. Performer of the Year- Nora Fatehi
  22. Outstanding Contribution to Film Industry- Dharmendra
  23. Outstanding Contribution to Literature in Indian Cinema- Chetan Bhagat


About Dada Saheb Phalke Award: 

The Dadasaheb Phalke Awards is India's highest award in cinema and is presented annually at the National Films Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The very first recipient of this award was Devika Rani who received it in 1969 on the occasion of the 17th National Films Awards.

Dadasaheb Phalke is known as the 'Father of Indian Cinema'. He made India's first full-length feature film Raja Harishchandra in 1913. Hence, to commemorate Dadasaheb Phalke, the Government of India has started the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1969.

The recipients are honoured for their "outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema." The winners of the Dadasaheb Phalke award is selected by a committee consisting of eminent personalities from the Indian film industry. The award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize of Rs. 10 Lakh. 

Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2020 Winners:

S.No. Award Winner
1 Best Film Super 30
2 Best Actor Hrithik Roshan (Super 30)
3 Most Promising Actor Kiccha Sudeep
4 Best Actor in Television Series Dheeraj Dhoopar
5 Best Actress in Television Divyanka Tripathi
6 Most Favourite Television Actor Harshad Chopda
7 Most Favourite Jodi in Television Series Sriti Jha and Shabbir Ahluwalia (Kumkum Bhagya)
8 Best Television Series Kumkum Bhagya
9 Best Playback Singer Male Armaan Malik
10 Best Reality Show Bigg Boss 13


About Dadasaheb Phalke

Dadasaheb Phalke, popularly known as the Father of Indian Cinema, was an Indian producer, director and screenwriter. He was born on 30 April 1870. 

In 1913, he produced India's first movie, Raja Harishchandra, which is also India's first full-length feature film. He produced 95 feature-length films and 27 short films in his career. 

This award is the highest official recognition for film personalities in the country. The above list of Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1969-2021) is useful for all upcoming competitive examinations to be held in India.


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Who received the first Dadasaheb Phalke Award?

In 1969, Devika Rani received the first Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

Who started Dadasaheb Phalke Award?

In 1969, the Government of India started the Dadasaheb Phalke Award to commemorate the Father of Indian Cinema- Dadasaheb Phalke.

Who is known as the Father of Indian Cinema?

Dadasaheb Phalke is known as the Father of Indian Cinema. He made India's first full-length feature film Raja Harishchandra in 1913.

Who was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2019?

Famous actor Rajnikant was awarded the 2019 Dada Phalke Award.
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  • ajay malsheApr 1, 2021
    surprising to know that may actors from Marathi films haven't received award. 1) Shriram Lagoo 2) Jayshri Gadkar 3) Dr Kashinath Ghanekar 5) Arun Sarnaik 6) Suryakant etc