The legendary actor, who was earlier this year decorated with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement honour by celebrated director Shyam Benegal here on Sunday night.

Shashi Kapoor, 77, is best known for his nuanced performance in memorable films like "Satyam Shivam Sundaram", "Trishul", "Kabhi Kabhie", "Vijeta" and "Kalyug", and despite his ill health he was present at the ceremony to receive the award. He has been wheelchair bound for some years now.

Director Sudhir Mishra feels that no honour can match up to Shashi Kapoor's achievements, and it is because of his relentless work in offbeat cinema that the current Indian filmmakers "still hold the wish to make something different".

"He is the most deserving for this award. Any award or recognition is less than his achievements," said Mishra, who is known for "Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi" and "Inkaar".

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says the younger lot of Bollywood takes a bow to Shashi Kapoor's body of work. He said "He did a lot of commercial films but his preferred films were offbeat ones which he produced and encouraged. His contribution is enormous in Indian cinema".

 A bevy of other tinsel town stars like Madhur Bhandarkar, Udit Narayan, Kunal Kapoor, Gulshan Grover, Amy Jackson, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sanjay Mishra, Neeraj Ghaywan and Swara Bhaskar came together for the event.

Actress Bhumi Pednekar got the Best Actress award for her debut film "Dum Laga Ke Haisha", Bengali actor Dulal Sarkar and filmmaker Shoojit Sircar were honoured for bringing in a wave of change in the Indian film industry with their skills.

The 2015 edition of Jagran Film Festival traversed from Delhi to Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Raipur, Indore, and Bhopal before culminating in Mumbai.


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