On Sunday evening, Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award- India’s highest film honour for his contribution to the Indian cinema.
The 77-year-old actor, who skipped this year’s National Film Awards ceremony due to health issues, will receive the award from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
In September, this year, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced that Mr Bachchan will be awarded with the prestigious award.
“The legend Amitabh Bachchan who entertained and inspired for 2 generations has been selected unanimously for Dada Sahab Phalke Award. The entire country and international community is happy. My heartiest Congratulations to him,” Prakash 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
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema named after the father of Indian cinema, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke. It is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and it was instituted in 1969.
The award is comprised of a Golden Lotus and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.
Amitabh Bachchan last seen onscreen in ‘Badla’, Bachchan is a recipient of four National Film Awards 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.