Amitabh Bachchan, the evergreen Shahenshah of Bollywood to be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke award, announced Prakash Javadekar, the Information and Broadcasting Minister.
As soon as the announcement reached the actor, he responded on Twitter saying,
“There is a paucity of words searching a response .. for the generosity of words that pour in .. I am but deeply grateful and most humbled .. my sincerest gratitude ..”
It goes without saying that the actor is a household name who has been working in the entertainment sector for almost two generations now. He made his debut with Saat Hindustani in 1969 and has acted in more than 190 films!
Fondly known as the Shahenshah and Big B, audience at large all unanimously agree that the award for the actor is a well-deserved one!
Amitabh Bachchan has also been conferred with two of India’s highest civilian awards – the Padma Shri in 1984 and the Padma Bhushan in 2001.
Coming to the Dadasaheb Phalke award, it is awarded in the honour of Dhundiraj Govind Phalke aka Dadasaheb Phalke. His film, Raja Harishchandra (1913), a Marathi film, is the first full-length feature film of Indian Cinema.
A lot of renowned personalities of Indian Cinema have previously been honoured with this award, like, Vinod Khanna (2017), Manoj Kumar (2015), Shashi Kapoor (2014), Gulzar (2013), Soumitra Chatterjee (2011) and many others.
We congratulate the Big B and thank him for giving us some of the best films of all times!