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Octogenarian filmmaker, B.R. Chopra was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the country's most prestigious film honor, for his outstanding contribution to Hindi cinema. His name also finds a mention in the 2000th edition of the "Guinness Book" under the category of longest-running religious soap opera for creating a global record with his television serial Mahabharat. The mythological serial was first aired on the state-run Doordarshan television network in the 1980s and is currently into its third rerun on the Zee network.