Mumbai: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured with India’s highest award in cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
Minister of Information & Broadcasting 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.”
Born on October 11, 1942, in Allahabad to renowned Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and social activist Teji Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan made his Bollywood debut with the 1969 film Saat Hindustani. He then went on to star in acclaimed movies like Anand, Zanjeer, Sholay, Agneepath, Deewar, Kabhie Kabhie, Silsila, Black, Sarkar, Paa and Piku among more.Bachchan was last seen in the Shah Rukh Khan production Badla. Apart from his work in cinema, he is popular for his work on the small screen, primarily for hosting the game show Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Over the years, Amitabh Bachchan has won several awards for his contribution to Hindi cinema and arts. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015. He has also been conferred with France’s highest civilian honour, the Knight of the Legion of Honour in 2007. As far as the National Awards are concerned, he has won in the Best Actor category for his performance in Agneepath, Black, Paa and Piku. Big B has won 15 Filmfare Awards and five IIFA Awards till date.
He is truly deserving. He is a legend. An actor par excellence who even at this age works so hard on his craft and treats every role with an infectious verve and energy.