Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit and director Shyam Benegal have been selected to receive Raj Kapoor Awards instituted by the Government of Maharashtra. This was announced by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan in the State Legislature on 20 April 2012.
Shyam Benegal has been selected conferring Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 and Madhuri Dixit for conferring the Raj Kapoor Special Contribution Award 2012.
V. The Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award will be conferred on Leela Gandhi, a veteran Marathi actress and the V. The Shantaram Special Contribution Award will go to Dilip Prabhavalkar. Prabhavalkar became famous as an actor after acting as Mahatma Gandhi in Sanjay Dutt’s popular movie Lage Raho Munnabhai.
The awards are instituted by the Government of Maharashtra. Each of the awards carries a cash award of 200,000 Indian Rupees, a citation and a memento. These awards will be conferred in a public function.