Madhya Pradesh Culture and
Public Relations Minister Laxmikant Sharma bestowed National
Kishore Kumar Award on famous film script writer Saleem Khan at a
grand function in Khandwa on Saturday. As part of the award, a
cheque worth Rs. two lakh, shawl and coconut were presented to
Addressing the function, Laxmikant Sharma reportedly said that
National Kishore Kumar Award will also be given for playback
singing from next year.
So far, it is given for film direction,
acting, script and lyrics writing. He informed that Sangeet
College will be started at Khandwa from July 2013.
Government will organise a film festival at Khandwa in the name of
Dada Muni. Saleem Khan was accompanied by his wife and famous
actress Mrs. Helen.
After receiving the National Kishore Kumar Award, Saleem Khan
expressed gratitude towards Madhya Pradesh government and lauded
its hospitality. He said that this award is very significant since
it is still relevant.
He said that he is short of words for
praising Madhya Pradesh government.
On the occasion, Women & Child Development Minister and in-charge
of Khandwa district Mrs. Ranjana Baghel described Indian cinema as
a propagator of Hindi language.
She also described Saleem Khan as
a personality who has given a mature image to the Indian cinema.
Tribal Welfare Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah wished long life for
Saleem Khan. Mrs. Helen was overwhelmed by the grand welcome by
Khandwa residents and expressed gratitude towards them.