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PIFF distinguished awardees

We honour two eminent film personalities with the PIFF Distinguished Award for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema. The purpose of the award is to appreciate and applaud the work of legends working in cinema, and to relive their life and times through numerous interactions with them.

Over the years, eminent film personalities from various regions and different streams of filmmaking have been chosen for the award. Recipients have come from regional film industries as well as from Bollywood. Contributions to different aspects of filmmaking are honoured. In the 14th edition, it was a heartening moment when festival Director Dr. Jabbar Patel went to Kolkata to bestow the award on legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee.


Year No. of Films Countries PIFF Distinguished award for outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema Awardees
1st PIFF
29-5 Dec,2002
50 8 Mrinal Sen
Dilip Kumar
2nd PIFF
5–11 Dec,2003
80 10 Lata  Mangeshkar
Dev Anand
3rd PIFF
14- 20 Jan, 2005
90 12 Waheeda Rehman
Shakti Samanta
4th PIFF
12 – 19 Jan 2006
95 14 Vyjayantimala
Yash Chopra
5th PIFF
16-22 March, 2007
100 20 Asha Parekh
Dharmendra
6th PIFF
10-17 Jan, 2008
176 36 Sharmila Tagore
Shammi Kapoor
7th PIFF
8-15 Jan, 2009
160 43 Shashi Kapoor
Sulochana Didi
Hema Malini
8th PIFF
7-14 Jan, 2010
180 52 Shriram Lagoo
Rajesh Khanna
9th PIFF
6-13 Jan, 2011
218 38 Shashikala
Saira Banu
10th PIFF
12-19 Jan, 2012
250 51 Amitabh Bachchan
Asha Bhosale
11th PIFF
10-17 Jan, 2013
180 52 Ramesh Deo
Jeetendra
12TH PIFF
9 – 16 Jan, 2014
221 58 Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Vinod Khanna
13TH PIFF
8 – 15 Jan, 2015
211 57 N. D. Mahanor
Shatrughan Sinha
Tanuja Mukerjee
Krzysztof Zanussi
14TH PIFF
14 - 21 Jan, 2016
280 65 Soumitra Chatterjee
Shyam Benegal
15TH PIFF
12 - 19 Jan, 2017
284 65 Aparna Aen
Seema Deo

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