Amitabh Bachchan Honored with Dada Sheb Phalke Award at Rashtrapati Bhavan

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Amitabh BachchanPresident Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday, 29th Dec 2019, presented megastar Amitabh Bachchan with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Indian cinema’s highest honour, in a special ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan New Delhi.

Bachchan was earlier supposed to receive the honour at the National Film Awards ceremony, but the actor was unable to attend the event due to ill health.

“Whether I should stop working after the Phalke Award or continue” asked the megastar Amitabh Bachchan in the Dada Sheb Phalke Award ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan New Delhi. He further added, “There is some more work, which I have to finish.” The award ceremony was attended by VIPs like Hon’ble Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, family members of Amitabh Bachchan, Jury members, Award Winners, very senior o cers of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting/Directorate of Film Festivals and distinguished guests.

The award, named after Dhundiraj Govind Phalke who is revered as the Father of Indian cinema, was instituted in 1969, the year Bachchan made his debut in Hindi film industry with “Saat Hindustani”.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is given to a fi lm personality for his/her outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. The award comprises a Swarna Kamal, a cash prize of Rs. 10,00,000/- (Ten lakhs) and a shawl.

“I would like to thank the government of India, Information & Broadcasting Ministry and the jury members of the National Film Awards for finding me deserving enough for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

“God has been kind, there have been blessings of my parents, the support of the fi lmmakers, producers, co-actors from the industry, but I’m most indebted to the love and constant encouragement by the Indian audience. That’s the reason I’m standing here. I accept this award with great respect.”

In a career spanning five decades, Bachchan has stayed at the top, surprising fans with memorable performances film after film.

Born to renowned Hindi poet Harisvanshrai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan in 1942, Bachchan started his cinema journey as a voice-over artiste for Mrinal Sen’s Bengali fi lm “Bhuvan Shome” and made his debut as an actor with “Saat Hindustani”, which was not a box office success.

After a series of flops, the actor finally tasted success in 1973 as a lead hero with Prakash Mehra’s action film “Zanjeer”.

After a dip in his career during ‘80s, came the iconic role of gangster Vijay Deenanath Chauhan in Mukul S Anand’s “Agneepath” (1990), which earned him his first National Film Award.

He also later made his debut as the host of the game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati”, which enjoys massive popularity and is a programme that the actor continues to host even now.

With age, Bachchan changed gears and started taking up films such as “Aankhen”, “Baghban”, “Khakee”, “Viruddh”, “Sarkar” series and “Pink”.

“Black”, “Paa” and “Piku” earned the veteran star three more Best Actor National Film Awards and they remain a highlight in his storied filmography.

The government honored Bachchan with the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015 for his contributions to the arts.

He has also stayed relevant through his campaigns for polio, tuberculosis, the girl child and other programs.

This year Dada Saheb Phalke Award Committee consisted of Asha Bhonsle, the legendary playback singer, Ramesh Sippy, eminent film director and Producer, T.S Nagabharna, well known film director from Karnataka, Anil Kapoor, an eminent film actor and producer, and Karan Johar a wellknown Hindi film director, producer, screenwriter and actor.

The National Film Awards are given by Govt. of India/Ministry of Information and Broadcasting/ Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), New Delhi. DFF is headed by sh. Chaitanya Prasad, IIS, Additional Director General, I congratulate him on the great successof 66th National Film Awards including Dada Saheb Phalke Award.

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