Lucknow: Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan received the Dadasaheb Phalke award for his outstanding contribution to the film industry. President Ram Nath Kovind gave away the award in New Delhi this evening.
The award, named after the father of Indian cinema, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, was instituted in 1969. The award is conferred by the government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema.
It consists of a Swarn Kamal and a cash prize of ten lakh rupees.
The 77-year-old actor, who skipped this year’s National Film Awards ceremony due to health issues, received 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 #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 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.
In his tweet, 77-year-old actor stated that he could not attend the prestigious award ceremony because he was “down with fever” and that he was not allowed to travel. “Down with fever… Not allowed to travel. Will not be able to attend National Award tomorrow in Delhi. So unfortunate, my regrets,” Big B tweeted. The 66th National awards were presented to the winners by Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu last week.
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Down with fever .. ! Not allowed to travel .. will not be able to attend National Award tomorrow in Delhi .. so unfortunate .. my regrets ..
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 22, 2019
Amitabh Bachchan has won four National Film Awards for Best Actor through his illustrious career, last winning it for his performance in 2015 film Piku. 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.
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