Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award to Filmmaker Muzaffar Ali
Famous film director Muzaffar Ali (69), who had directed the Bollywood classic “Umrao Jaan”, has been chosen for Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award for his extraordinary contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill. The award carries a citation and cash award of Rs 5 lakh.
Ali also directed over one-and-a-half dozen movies including “Gaman” and “Khizan”. He was also conferred Padma Shri in 2005. The award was instituted to mark the contribution made by Rajiv Gandhi to promote peace, communal harmony and fight against violence.
Previous recipients of the award include Mother Teresa, K.R. Narayanan, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, Dilip Kumar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Maulana Wahiduddin Khan.
Others who were conferred upon with this award were Jagan Nath Kaul, Mohd Yunus, Hiteswar Saikia and Subhadra Joshi (jointly), Kapila Vatsyayan, Teesta Setalvad and Harsh Mander (jointly), S N Subbarao, Swami Agnivesh and Madari Moideen (jointly), Nirmala Deshpande, Hem Dutta, N Radhakrishnan, Gautam Bhai, SPIC MACAY and D R Mehta.