- May 1, 2017
- 4:10 PM
Actor Aamir Khan was honoured with the 75th Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award for his performance in Dangal. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat presented the Vishesh Puraskar, part of the Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards given to eminent personalties in various fields, and to the 52-year-old actor whose Dangal was the blockbuster of 2016. "Today wherever I am, the credit goes to all the writers who have written my films. I am here because of the directors and writers for the wonderful work they've done. I thank all of them," Aamir said after receiving the award. Director Nitesh Tiwari, who was also present at the event, thanked the audience for appreciating the film. In Dangal, Aamir Khan played Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Phogat as he defied odds and the profound notions of a patriarchal society to train his daughters - Geeta and Babita, into wrestlers. Dangal, the most critically and commercially successful film of 2016, made over Rs 300 crores at the box office. Kapil Dev was given the award for his outstanding contribution to Indian cricket. Other awardees include, Kishore Deshpande, presented with Anadmayee Puraskar for his work in social service, Vishwanath Karad, Founder, Vishwashanti Kendra, presented with Samarpit Jeevan Puraskar, Vijaya Rajadhyaksha, conferred with Vagvilasini Puraskar for her work in literature. Uday Nirgudkar received an award for his editorial work while Kaushiki Chakraborty for her endeavor in music. Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar was also present at the event, organised by Master Dinanath Smruti Pratishthan and Hridayesh Arts.