Amitabh Bachchan to get Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema

Amitabh Bachchan, 76, will receive the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award – India’s highest film honour – this year, tweeted union minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday evening.

“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,” Mr Javadekar wrote in his tweet. Actor-politician Rajinikanth congratulated Mr Bachchan within an hour with a tweet: “Congratulations dear Amitabh Bachchan ji. You richly deserve this commendable honour.”

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A tweet of congratulations also arrived from “proud son” Abhishek Bachchan and “excited” daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda. “Overjoyed and so, so proud!” wrote Abhishek while Shweta captioned her post for her “Papa”: “Whose your Dada (Saheb Phalke)?
Uncontainable excitement, pride, tears, and general hysteria!Congratulations Papa.”

Filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Anil Kapoor were the first celebs to congratulate Mr Bachchan on Twitter. “The most inspiring legend of Indian cinema! He is a bona-fide rockstar! I am honoured and proud to be in the era of Amitabh Bachchan. The prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award to Amitabh Bachchan!” read Mr Johar’s tweet, who has directed the acting legend in a few of his blockbuster movies.

Anil Kapoor, who has co-starred with Mr Bachchan in Armaan, tweeted: “There is no mention of Indian cinema without this legend! He has redefined cinema with every role and deserves every accolade for his innumerable contributions!”

Actor Riteish Deshmukh, who shared screenspace with Amitabh Bachchan in Rann, tweeted: “No one deserves this more! Amitabh Bachchan sir, heartiest congratulations! Am thrilled to bits!”

Congratulatory messages also poured in from the likes of Dia Mirza:

Asha Bhosle, who is part of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award Jury Member, said she is immensely “pleased” at the jury’s decision to honour Mr Bachchan with the award. “As a Dadasaheb Phalke Award Jury Member, I am pleased to congratulate Shri Amitabh Bachchanji on his getting this prestigious award.”

Last year, at the 65th National Awards, Vinod Khanna was posthumously honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his priceless contribution to cinema.

Amitabh Bachchan has also won four National Film Awards for Best Actor through his illustrious career, last winning it for his performance in 2015 film Piku. Amitabh Bachchan currently appears on TV as the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati 11. He was last seen in crime-thriller Badla.