- Dadasaheb Phalke Academy awards will host the first award show in 2 years
- 'Many people misused the absence of the academy's award ceremony'
- This year, Priyanka Chopra will be given an award for her work abroad
Dadasaheb Phalke's grandson, Chandrashekhar Pusalkar (son of his daughter, Mansi Phalke) corroborated Mr Jain's statement. He told DNA: "First of all, we feel sorry about the manner in which Dadasaheb Phalke's name is being misused everywhere. Even when it concerns the Central Government awards, which are supposed to be the most credible awards, we haven't been invited for a single award function in the past 46 years. They did not even bother to locate us. In that respect, the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy though it is a private academy, took the trouble of tracing us. They were also instrumental in renaming Film City as Dadasaheb Phalke Chitra Nagari."
Of the multiple award shows in the name of Dadasaheb Phalke, Chandrashekhar Pusalkar told DNA: "There is a Foundation award besides a Dadasaheb Excellence awards and another award. Initially, we welcomed them, but later learnt that all kinds of things were happening backstage like people purchasing awards. It is disappointing that Dadasaheb Phalke's name has become like a marketing commodity, being used by people with an intention of commercial gains."
Western India Film Producers Association president, Sangram Shirke, told DNA that his father, producer Gajanan Shirke, played a pivotal role in starting the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy in 1998. He also said that after Gajanan Shirke's death, producer Ram Gopal Gupta started the academy with Chandrashekhar Pusalkar, Central Board of Film Certification chief Pahlaj Nihalani and others. "We also got on board some of the biggest stalwarts in the industry like Yash Chopra, BR Chopra and Shakti Samantha. We were keen on building awareness on Phalke, since only the Central Government had an award in his name which was only for one person and the Maharashtra Government was doing it for Marathi cinema," he told DNA.
CBFC's Pahlaj Nihalani and actors Johny Lever and Mithun Chakraborty are on the board of trustees for Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards. The academy has invited celebrities like Anil Kapoor, Kapil Sharma, Juhi Chawla and Nitesh Tiwari for the award ceremony scheduled for June 1, reports PTI.
(With PTI inputs)