"The entire country and international community is happy"
The veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan will be rewarded with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. This award is a symbol of India’s greatest honour for cinematic art.
In this instance, Prakash Javadekar, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, took to Twitter to announce the news. He stated:
“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.”
The megastar of Bollywood has entertained audiences in India and across the globe for over five decades.
Amitabh Bachchan began his career in 1969 with his debut film, Saat Hindustani. He portrayed one of seven protagonists in the film.
Despite the actor’s initial struggle, he managed to gain recognition for his talent. Nevertheless, Prakash Mehra’s crime-thriller, Zanjeer (1973) saw Amitabh as an angry young man who marked his avatar.
Ever since then, the actor has achieved greater strength and heights with his career. Films such as Deewaar (1975), Sholay (1975), Don (1978) and so on, have been some of his biggest hits.
From the Angry Young Man, he became known as the Shahenshah (king of kings) of Bollywood.
Amitabh Bachchan has previously won numerous awards. These include:
- Padma Shri (1984) – recognition for contribution in the arts.
- Padma Bhushan (2001) – third highest civilian award.
- National Film Award for Agneepath (1990), Black (2005), Paa (2009) and Piku (2015).
- Padma Vibhushan (2015) – second highest civilian award for exceptional and distinguished service.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award will certainly add to Amitabh Bachchan’s already impressive achievements.
Many members of the film industry congratulated Big B. Karan Johar, director and producer, on Twitter commented:
The most inspiring legend of Indian Cinema!!!! He is a bonafide rock star!!! I am honoured and proud to be in the Era of AMITABH BACHCHAN! The prestigious #DadaSahebPhalkeAward to @SrBachchan https://t.co/wPepdsbugL
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) September 24, 2019
Fellow icon Rajinikanth also posted his joy for Amitabh Bachchan via Twitter. He said:
— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) September 24, 2019
Another actor and none other than Big B’s son, Abhishek Bachchan, highlighted his delight on Twitter. He posted:
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) September 24, 2019
Amitabh Bachchan was last seen in Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla (2019). However, the actor will continue to grace the big screen in numerous films:
- Sye Raa Narasimha (2019) – biographical action film
- Chehre (2020) – thriller film
- Gulabo Sitabo (2020) – comedy-drama film
- Brahmastra (2020) – superhero film
- Aankhen 2 (2020) – a heist thriller
Amitabh Bachchan’s various character portrayals have allowed fans to connect with him on all scales.
Big B fans have been congratulating the star on social media and will surely continue with the award celebrations.