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.
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 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.
Several Bollywood celebrities like Karan Johar, Anil Kapoor, Nagarjuna Akkineni and others congratulated Big B on this stellar achievement.