Amitabh Bachchan Honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award
JNS: Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke award for his outstanding contribution to the world of cinema. The veteran actor received the award, the highest honour of the film industry, from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday (29 December).
The prestigious award is named after the father of Indian cinema, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, and it was instituted in 1969. The award is conferred by the government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. The award is comprised of a Golden Lotus and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.
After receiving the award, Amitabh Bachchan said, “When this award was announced, a doubt arose in my mind: if this is an indication for me to sit at home and relax after working for so many years? There is some more work I have to finish and certain possibilities are coming up where I may get a chance to do some work.”
Amitabh Bachchan has won four National Film Awards for Best Actor in 2015 for his roles in Agneepath, Black, Paa and Piku. He made his acting debut in 1969 with Saat Hindustani. He was honoured with Padma Vibhushan – the country’s second-highest civilian honour – in 2015.
Big B was last seen as a host on the TV quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati 11. Badla, co-starring Taapsee Pannu, remains his last release. The actor has films like Gulabo Sitabo, Chehre and Jhund, in the pipeline.