Amitabh Bachchan 'selected unanimously' for Dadasaheb Phalke award; Rajini, Smriti Irani, B-town laud 'bonafide rock star'
I&B minister Prakash Javadekar in a tweet confirmed that the actor was "selected unanimously".
Hailing the legendary actor's contribution to cinema, Javadekar said that the actor had been "selected unanimously" for the award.
The legend Amitabh Bachchan who entertained and inspired for 2 generations has been selected unanimously for… https://t.co/T3qAZNNwmf— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) 1569332473000
The septuagenarian actor was awarded with the Padma Shri in 1984. In 2001, he was feted with the Padma Bhushan, 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015. He was also conferred with France's highest civilian honour, the Knight of the Legion of Honour, by the French Government in 2007 for his "exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond".
Bachchan, whose career spans over five decades in the Hindi film industry, has also won the prestigious National Award for his performances in 'Agneepath', 'Black', 'Paa' and 'Piku'.
As the news broke on Twitter, congratulatory tweets started pouring in. Anil Kapoor, who has shared space with the Big B in the 1982 film 'Shakti', wrote that Bachchan has "redefined cinema with every role and deserves every accolade."
There is no mention of Indian cinema without this Legend! He has redefined cinema with every role & deserves every… https://t.co/etD1N3rIGw— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) 1569333867000
Karan Johar, who has collaborated with the senior actor in a multiple films including blockbusters like 'Kabhie Khushi, Kabhi Gham', called him "a bonafide rock star."
The most inspiring legend of Indian Cinema!!!! He is a bonafide rock star!!! I am honoured and proud to be in the E… https://t.co/hdltJt2I8L— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) 1569333131000
Superstar Rajinikanth congratulated the Big B, saying, "You richly deserve this commendable honour !"
Congratulations dear @SrBachchan ji !!! You richly deserve this commendable honour !!!! #DadaSahebPhalkeAward— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) 1569338474000
For Madhur Bhandarkar and Rahul Dholakia, the actor remains an inspiration. And both directors expressed the sentiment in their tweets.
Congratulations to the legend @SrBachchan for the prestigious #DadaSahebPhalkeAward. You have entertained, inspire… https://t.co/sOYzn12P3B— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) 1569334484000
About time !! Many many Congratulations Sir ! You have been an inspiration for so many for so long ! @SrBachchan #DadaSahebPhalkeAward— rahul dholakia (@rahuldholakia) 1569334711000
This year's National Award-winner, Ayushmann Khurrana - who recently worked with the actor in 'Gulabo Sitabo' - tweeted, "I'm the most fortunate one who got to work with the living legend. Dear @SrBachchan sir, heartiest congratulations for the #DadaSahebPhalkeAward."
I’m the most fortunate one who got to work with the living legend. Dear @SrBachchan sir, heartiest congratulations… https://t.co/rVCssxB5YX— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) 1569345807000
Actress Huma Qureshi said, "You inspire us everyday."
Dear @SrBachchan sir, heartiest congratulations for the #DadaSahebPhalkeAward You inspire us everyday.— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) 1569346128000
And not just Bollywood, but even leaders across the political spectrum felicitated the actor. Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu also congratulated the legend, calling him an inspriration.
भारतीय सिनेमा में योगदान के लिए सुप्रतिष्ठित दादा साहब फाल्के सम्मान के लिए श्री अमिताभ बच्चन जी के चयन पर उन्हें… https://t.co/MeJ5vepaVK— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) 1569378584000
Veteran Congress leader and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot called him "an inspiration for young actors."
Congratulations to Amitabh Bachchan ji for being selected for the prestigious #DadaSahebPhalkeAward. Your superb c… https://t.co/Oj9elxVjfh— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) 1569335176000
Union Minister and former actress Smriti Irani described him as 'a legend, an actor par excellence', saying, "no one deserved the DadaSaheb Phalke Award more."
Chupke Chupke, Abhimaan, Sholay, Trishul, Satte pe Satta, Hum, Agnipath... Countless memories, performances revered… https://t.co/Riui8LSq14— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) 1569350184000
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted a picture with the Big B, saying, "Heartiest congratulations to one of the greatest icons of the country, Amitabh Bachchan ji, for being selected for the prestigious #DadaSahebPhalkeAward. Your legendary contribution to Indian cinema will continue to inspire crores of people @SrBachchan."
Heartiest congratulations to one of the greatest icons of the country, Amitabh Bachchan ji, for being selected for… https://t.co/SDezELhZz6— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) 1569366584000
Congratulations @SrBachchan ji on being unanimously selected for the prestigious #DadaSahebPhalkeAward . https://t.co/cdsm4wVsqX— Naveen Jindal (@MPNaveenJindal) 1569335803000
Dadasaheb Phalke Award is one of the highest awards in India in the field of cinema. The Directorate of Film Festivals, set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, represents the honour at the National Film Awards ceremony annually.
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