Indore born, film scriptwriter Saleem Khan has been chosen for this year's Kishore Kumar award. He will receive the award at a function to be held in Khandwa on October 13.
The award, instituted by the culture department of the state, is given alternatively in the field of film direction, acting, script writing and song writing. Culture minister Laxmikant Sharma said that at a meeting held recently in Mumbai, the selection committee unanimously decided to bestow this award on Khan who has carved out his distinguished place in the field of film script writing through his outstanding and continued activeness for the last 40 years.
The selection committee comprised senior film journalist Vinod Tiwari, senior film advertiser RR Pathak, film critic Manmohan Chaddha and film journalist Shriram Tamrakar. The award consists of income tax-free rupees two lakh and a plaque of honour.
Father of the film star Salman Khan, Saleem Khan has been a star writer of Hindi films. He was born in Indore on November 24, 1935. Khan has been a writer and co-writer of several hit Hindi films including Sholey, Andaz, Hathi Mere Sathi, Sita Aur Gita, Yadon Ki Baraat, Zanjeer, Majboor, Deewar, Chach-Bhatija, Don, Trishul, Kala Pathar, Dostana, Shan, Kranti, Shakti and Zamana. In the eighties, he also scripted for Naam, Falak, Kabza, Pathar aur Phool, Toofan, Jurm and Majdhar. Khan is the main scriptwriter of his son, actor Salman Khan's, upcoming film Sher Khan.