Mumbai: Acting legend Amitabh Bachchan has been named for the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke award.
Information and Broadcasting (I&B) minister Prakash Javadekar announced the name of the megastar for the prestigious award on Tuesday.
“The legend Amitabh Bachchan who entertained and inspired for 2 generations has been selected unanimously for #DadaSahabPhalke award. The entire country and international community is happy. My heartiest Congratulations to him,” Javadekar tweeted.
The legend Amitabh Bachchan who entertained and inspired for 2 generations has been selected unanimously for #DadaSahabPhalke award. The entire country and international community is happy. My heartiest Congratulations to him.@narendramodi @SrBachchan pic.twitter.com/obzObHsbLk
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) September 24, 2019
Reacting to the development, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis congratulated Bachchan and said that the state “salutes you for your great and legendary contribution to the Indian cinema!”
Many many congratulations Amitabh Bachchan ji for being selected for the prestigious #DadaSahebPhalkeAward !
Maharashtra salutes you for your great and legendary contribution to the Indian cinema!@SrBachchan
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) September 24, 2019
The award, very appropriately comes in the year that marks Mr Bachchan’s golden jubilee in cinema. He made his debut in 1969 with Khwaja Ahmad Abbas’ Saat Hindustani about seven Indians attempting to liberate Goa from Portuguese colonial rule. The same year he also did the voice over for Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome, one of the earliest films of the Indian parallel cinema.
Bachchan’s son, Abhishek, also tweeted and said that he was “overjoyed” and “proud”.
Bachchan, who rose to stardom with his ‘Angry Young Man’ persona capturing the anger of the young generation in the 1970s with films such as Zanjeer, Deewar and Sholay, continues to be a force to reckon with in Indian cinema.
In a career spanning five decades, Bachchan has given memorable performances film after film and is a four-time National Film Award winner.
Dadasaheb Phalke is considered to be a pioneer of India cinema, and is popularly called the ‘Father of Indian Cinema’. Phalke is credited with making the first Indian feature film, called Raja Harishachandra.
The award to honour Phalke is considered to be the most coveted and prestigious awards in India. The award was introduced by the government in 1969 to recognise the contribution of film personalities towards the development of Indian cinema.
Big B has been honoured with the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015.
The Dadasaheb Phalke award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus), a shawl and a cash prize of ₹1,000,000.