Merely four-Hindi-film-old actress, Kriti Sanon will be honored with Dada Saheb Phalke Award for her performance in 'Bareilly Ki Barfi'. To be held on 21 April, the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards will also felicitate Ranveer Singh for Padmaavat, Anushka Sharma for her innings as a producer, and Tammannah Bhatia for her work in Baahubali.
The 27-year-old actress received immense appreciation for her portrayal of 'Bitti', a young and free minded girl, from a small town, in the film, from audience and critics alike.
The romantic-comedy helmed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari also stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao in lead role.The story is based on the French novel 'The Ingredients of Love' penned by Nicolas Barreau.
The award show organizers, the Mumbai-based Dadasaheb Phalke Foundation, have joined hands with Smile Foundation's She Can Fly initiative for girl child empowerment, read a statement.
Rani Mukerji will be awarded for her portraying a socially conscious character in Hichki.
Critically acclaimed talent Rajkummar Rao will be feted as Best Actor for Newton, while Kriti Sanon will get Best Actress for Bareilly Ki Barfi and Aditi Rao Hydari will get the Critic's Choice Best Actress honor for her role in Bhoomi.