- Sharmila Tagore received the award at a ceremony on Tuesday
- The ceremony took place in New Delhi
- Minister of State for PM's Office Jitendra Singh presented the award
The celebrated actor debuted in movies with legendary director Satyajit Ray's Bengali film Apur Sansar in 1959. Her breakout role in Hindi cinema was Shakti Samanta's 1964 film Kashmir Ki Kali and Sharmila Tagore went on to feature in classics such as Aradhana, Mausam, Amar Prem and Satyakam, among others.
When asked what are her favourite films from her diverse repertoire, the actor said although Aradhana and Amar Prem were runaway hits, Gulzar-directed Mausam is special.
She received the National Award for Best Actress for the film. The actor also received National Award for Best Supporting Actress for 2003 Bengali film, Abar Aranye.
Filmmaker-poet Muzaffar Ali was conferred with a Special Award for his outstanding contribution to promote and arts, fine arts and literature.
Music legend Usha Mangeshkar and singers Prem Bhatia, Kavita Seth, Ankit Tiwari, Rahul Vaidya, Akriti Kakar, Manmeet of Meet Brothers and actor Sukhmani Lamba were also felicitated at the event.
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