Mumbai, May 2 -- Actor-film-maker Farhan Akhtar, who won a number of awards this year for his role in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), was pleasantly surprised to bag the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Ratna Award recently.
He was overwhelmed after receiving the award for Best Actor for playing former sprinter Milkha Singh in the biopic. "The film will always be close to my heart. I received the Best Actor Male trophy from the governor of Maharashtra yesterday, and it's an honour," says Farhan, who was presented the award by K Sankaranarayanan.
Jeetendra was also honoured for his contribution to Indian cinema, while Juhi Chawla bagged the award for the Best Actor Female for her role in Gulaab Gang. Other winners of the Dada Saheb Phalke Ratna Award this year included singer Sunidhi Chauhan, actor Gautam Rode and stand-up comic Kapil Sharma.