Dubai Festival Honors Egyptian Actor, Indian Singer

Dubai Film Festival - H 2013

Dubai Film Festival - H 2013

Veteran actor Nour El-Sherif and Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle will receive lifetime achievement awards at this year's event

Egyptian acting legend Nour El-Sherif will be honored at this year's Dubai International Film Festival with a lifetime achievement honor, as will Indian singer Asha Bhosle, best known as a playback singer on Bollywood films.

The career of 68-year-old El-Sherif spans nearly a half century and has seen him produce and star in countless Arabic-language films including Sawak al-Utubis (1982), Destiny (1997) and The Yacoubian Building (2006).

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Bhosle, who is 81, has recorded more than 12,000 songs for more than 850 Bollywood films, a career that has earned her an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “most recorded artist in music history.” The singer made her acting debut in Mahesh Kodiyal's Mai (2013) as a woman suffering from Alzheimer's, a role that won her critical acclaim.

Among the previous winners of the DIFF's lifetime achievement award are actors including Omar Sharif, Morgan Freeman and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan; and filmmakers such as Rachid Bouchareb, Souleymane Cisse and Oliver Stone.

The Butler director Lee Daniels will head up the international jury at this year's festival, which runs Dec. 10-17. James Marsh’s Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, which has generated significant Oscar buzz, will kick off the festival on Dec. 10.