And the Award goes to…
Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2007– Manna Dey (Yes.. The 90-year-old is still active and sings as beautifully).
Padma Bhushan : (Telugu film actor) Krishna and (playback singer) Shamshad Begum.
Padma Shri : Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Peenaz Masani and (radio host/jockey) Ameen Sayani.
The 55th National Film Awards (for 2007):
Best actor: (Tamil film actor) Prakash Raj (for Kanchivaram)
Best actress : Umashree (for Gulabi Talkies)
Best film : Kanchivaram, (directed by Priyadarshan)
Best director: (Malayalam film director) Adoor Gopalakrishnan ( for Naalu Pennungal)
A.R. Rahman bagged two Oscars for the same film while Gulzar and Resul Pookutty picked up one each.
A.R. Rahman and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan were nominated for Grammy Awards.
Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodhaa Akbar was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the BAFTA Awards. It didn’t win.
First-time director Laxmikant Shetgaonkar’s Konkani film, The Man Beyond The Bridge, won the International Federation of Film Critics’ (FIPRESCI) Prize in the Discovery section at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Sanjay Dutt was invited to become the goodwill ambassador for UNESCO. Of course, he had to procure permission from the Supreme Court to travel abroad (New York) to receive the honour.
A.R.Rahman picked up India’s first Golden Globe for his original music score in Slumdog Millionare.
Smile Pinki, directed by Megan Mylan and based on an Indian girl with a facial deformity, won the Oscar Award for the Best Documentary.