Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan has been named for the prestigious Dada Sahab Phalke award for his outstanding contribution to the film industry. In a tweet, Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar said the legend who entertained and inspired for two generations has been unanimously selected for the award. The Minister said the entire country and international community is happy over his selection.
Mr. Javadekar also congratulated him. 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 first Dadasaheb Phalke Award was given to Devika Rani in 1969. Interestingly, this was the year when Bachchan made his film debut as a narrator in Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome.
It was the beginning of a great career for a person who would be known for his baritone voice and exceptional dialogue delivery in coming years. Amitabh Bachchan means different things to different fans. Some remember him as the towering lead in films like Deewaar, Zanjeer, Don and Sholay, while some appreciate his nuanced, National Award-winning portrayals in Black, Paa and Piku. At 76, he is still the same charismatic performer that he was five decades ago.