Ashok Saraf is set to receive the Maharashtra Bhushan 2023 Award.

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has announced that veteran Marathi film and theatre actor Ashok Saraf will receive the Maharashtra Bhushan Award 2023, the state's highest civilian award.
Ashok Saraf is set to receive the Maharashtra Bhushan 2023 Award.

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has announced that veteran Marathi film and theatre actor Ashok Saraf will receive the Maharashtra Bhushan Award 2023, the state's highest civilian award. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has announced that veteran Marathi film and theatre actor Ashok Saraf will receive the Maharashtra Bhushan Award 2023, the state's highest civilian award.

Born on June 4, 1947, Ashok Saraf is known for his work in Marathi and Hindi films, including iconic Maratha dramas like Hamidabaichi Kothi, Darling Darling and many others.

Ashok Saraf for his contribution to the field of arts. The actor told media persons, “I am extremely happy to receive this award that puts me in the august league of achievers like (former winner) P L Deshpande and Lata Mangeshkar. It is an acknowledgement that the state has recognized my 50 years of hard work in the industry.”

Wishes from Leaders

Eknath Shinde congratulated the artist on the phone, stating that he excelled in comedy, serious roles, and occasionally villainous roles, and has ruled over his fans. The award includes a medal, citation, and Rs 25 lakh. The state government increased the honorarium or prize money for awardees from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 25 lakh last year.

NCP leader Praful Patel congratulated Saraf on receiving the award, as stated in a Twitter post: “Congratulations to veteran Marathi actor Ashok Saraf Ji on being selected for the prestigious Maharashtra Bhushan award in 2023. He also praised him for his commendable contributions to cinema, television, and theatre and for being well-deserved for his continued success and future accolades.

Ashok Saraf has been awarded the Maharashtra Bhushan Award, a prestigious accolade that recognizes his exceptional talent, dedication, and the joy he has brought to audiences throughout his career.

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