Govt Bestows Dadasaheb Phalke on legend Amitabh Bachchan
Distinguished actor Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award. The Government award is India’s highest honour given in the field of cinematic art. Bachchan will be honoured with the award for inspiring generations with his diverse work. “The legend Amitabh Bachchan, who entertained and inspired for two generations, has been selected unanimously for Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
The entire country and international community is happy. My heartiest congratulations to him,” Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar wrote on Twitter while announcing the news on Tuesday. Bachchan has successfully transitioned from Bollywood’s “Angry Young Man” to the “Shahenshah” of popular cinema, and gone onto become Indian film world’s most recognised icon on the global stage, through a career spanning over five decades. The actor started his journey in showbiz as one of seven protagonists in “Saat Hindustani”, and then went on to feature in the Rajesh Khanna-starrer “Anand”. Once he got noticed in Prakash Mehra’s 1973 hit “Zanjeer”, there was no looking back. The film also marked the birth of his Angry Young Man avatar.
Amitabh Bachchan means different things to different fans. Some remember him as the towering lead in films like “ D e e w a a r ”, “ Z a n j e e r ”, “Don” and “Sholay”, while some appreciate his nuanced, National Awardwinning portrayals in “Black”, “Paa” and “Piku”.
Wednesday, 25 September 2019 | IANS | New Delhi
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