The Department of Posts has honoured 50 iconic film personalities on the occasion of 100 years of the Indian cinema. The stamps were released in form of 6 miniature sheets on 3 May 2013. It is for the first time that 50 commemorative stamps were released on a single day. Each stamp will have denomination of Rs 5 and will be sold from June this year. This is a great treat for all philatelists and movie lovers.
The film personalities included in the stamp collection include actors, director and musicians. The collection also includes several winners of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema. The iconic personalities honoured by the Department of Posts include Ashok Kumar, B R Chopra, Bhupen Hazarika, Utpal Dutt, Tarachand Barjatya, Suraiya, Smita Patil, Shankar-Jaikishan, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Shakeel Badayuni, Sanjeev Kumar, Salil Chowdhury, Rajesh Khanna, Rajendra Kumar, Raj Khosla, R D Burman, O. P. Nayyar, Motilal, Mehmood, Madan Mohan, Geeta Dutt, Kamaal Amrohi, Chetan Anand, Balraj Sahni, Ashok Mehta, Yash Chopra, Sohrab Modi, Prithviraj Kapoor, Naushad, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Durga Khote.
In India, the first ever commemorative stamp on a film personality was released in 1971 when Dadasaheb Phalke was honoured. The Department of Posts had released stamps on cinema in 1971 and 1989 to mark the 75 years of Indian cinema and the centenary of world cinema respectively. Legendary filmmaker Guru Dutt was honoured with a commemorative stamp on 11 October 2004. A stamp on actress Madhubala was released on 18 March 2008. Another stamp was released on Sahir Ludhianvi on 8 March 2013.
A postage stamp on Mehboob Khan was released to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of classic Mother India on 30th March 2007. V. Shantaram was honoured with a postage stamp on 17th November 2001. Bimal Roy was honoured with a stamp on 8 January 2007. A postage stamp was issued to honour Raj Kapoor on 14 December 2001. In the past India Post has honoured other film legends like Satyajit Ray and Nargis. A series of stamps were released on actresses like Nutan, Meena Kumari and Devika Rani in 2011.
New stamps released on 3 May 2013:
Stamp on Guru Dutt released on 11 October 2004
Stamp on Madhubala released on 18 March 2008
Stamp on Sahir Ludhianvi released on 8 March 2013
A stamp on Mehboob Khan released on 30 March 2007
A stamp on V. Shantaram released on 17 November 2001
A stamp on Bimal Roy released on 8 January 2007
A stamp on Raj Kapoor released on 14 December 2001
A postage stamp on Dadasaheb Phalke released in 1971
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