After the Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar announced that megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke award this year celebs rejoiced the occasion calling it a 'well deserved' choice.
The actor replying to all the congratulatory messages pouring in from fans and peers said he was short of words to express his gratitude. The 76-year actor, who completes 50 years in cinema, took to Twitter to share his response with fans. "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," Bachchan wrote.
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On Tuesday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the award for the Bollywood veteran.
Considered the highest honour for an artiste in Indian cinema, the award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize of Rs 10,00,000. It was conferred upon late actor Vinod Khanna in 2017.
The 76-year-old screen icon was selected unanimously for the highest award in Indian cinema. Amitabh 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, and after delivering more that 190 films Bachchan has given memorable performances is a four-time National Film Award winner. Amitabh has also won fifteen Filmfare Awards and is the most nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 41 nominations overall. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015 for his contributions to the arts.
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar said she was thrilled with the news. "Namaskar Amit ji. I am delighted to know you have been honoured with the Dadsaheb Phalke Award. Hearty congratulations to you. An award named after the Father of Indian cinema being bestowed upon the megastar of Indian cinema is a historic feat in itself," Mangeshkar tweeted.
Director Shoojit Sircar, whose "Piku" earned the veteran his fourth National Film Award for Best Actor, said he was proud of Bachchan. "@SrBachchan sir many many congratulations. Proud of you. See you soon," Sircar wrote on Twitter. He is reuniting with Bachchan for his next directorial "Gulabo Sitabo", which also stars Ayushmann Khurrana.