Egyptian actor Nour El-Sherif and Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle will both receive lifetime achievement awards at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
El-Sherif’s career of 47 years has seen him produce and star in notable Arabic-language films such as The Yacoubian Building, Atef E-Taieb’s Sawak al-Utubis (1982) and Youssef Chahine’s An Egyptian Story (1982) and Destiny (1997).
He also produced the 1976 action thriller Circle Of Revenge and went on to produce Zaman Hatem Zahran in 1986.
DIFF is also screening the world premiere of El-Sherif’s latest film, Amir Ramses’ Cairo Time, which also stars Mervat Amin, Samir Sabri, Dorra and Ayten Amer.
Meanwhile, 81-year-old playback singer Asha Bhosle has recorded more than 12,000 songs for more than 850 films. She is known for her range and versatility across various style of music from folk songs and Indian classical music to pop songs, ghazals and bhajans.
Bhosle also has a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “most recorded artist in music history” and has received both the Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2000) and the Padma Vibhushan (2008) from the Indian government.
Bhosle also made her acting debut in the 2014 Mai, at the age of 80, to critical acclaim.
Previous recipients of the DIFF’s lifetime achievement award include actors Martin Sheen, Omar Sharif and Morgan Freeman; Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan; and filmmakers such as Youssef Chahine, Rachid Bouchareb, Souleymane Cisse and Oliver Stone.