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Amitabh Bachchan to be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award

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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been selected for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award as announced by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar today. Dada Saheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema. It is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organization that comes under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Javadekar made the announcement on social media and applauded Big B for entertaining millions and inspiring generations with his screen persona. The winner is selected by a committee consisting of eminent personalities from the film industry and this year they unanimously chose Big B as the recipient of the prestigious award.

Soon congratulatory messages started pouring in for the legendary actor.

Reacting on being conferred with such a huge honour, Amitabh Bachchan took to the microblogging site and wrote, “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.”

The award comprises of a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a shawl and a hefty cash prize. The award was first presented in 1969 to commemorate Dadasaheb Phalke’s contribution to India cinema. He is regarded as the ‘father of Indian Cinema’ and directed India’s first full-length feature film Raja Harishchandra in 1913.

Well, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Big B is being awarded Dadasaheb Phalke Award because he hands-down deserves all the awards in the world.

The megastar kickstarted his glorious career in Bollywood with ‘Saat Hindustani’. And in the period of five decades that he has been entertaining people across the generations and globe, Bachchan has won four National Film Awards (for ‘Black’, ‘Paa’, ‘Agneepath’ and ‘Piku’). He has also been conferred with Padma Shri, the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan.

The Dadasaheb Phalke award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus), a shawl and a cash prize of Rs.1, 000,000.

There’s no other living legend who has ruled the viewers’ heart the way Amitabh Bachchan has. We are so proud and happy living in the same era as Big B.

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