New Delhi: Prem Chopra, an epitome of bad man roles in Bollywood for decades, is a real hero in the day-to-day walk of life. Off the screen, he works for the down-trodden and poor. For his humanitarian work, the screen villain is being awarded the prestigious Mother Teresa Award.

The 76-year-old veteran actor, who is still winning rave reviews for his film roles, said that he was humbled at being chosen for an award whose previous recipients include Rajeev Gandhi and the Dalai Lama.

"I feel really happy and honoured. And this award is special as it has been instituted in the name of Mother Teresa, the saint who served the poorest of our country," Chopra said. The actor, who has done nearly 400 films, will receive the award at a function in Kolkata on March 3.

"I don't believe in charity for the sake of it and do not talk about the work that I do," said Chopra who is recognized for his distinct style and one-liners worldwide.