Amitabh Bachchan, who has been conferred this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke Award, received the award today in Delhi. President of India Ram Nath Kovind presented the award to the actor. Amitabh Bachchan is honoured with the award for his outstanding contribution to the film industry.
The 66th National Awards were held in Delhi on December 23 this yaer. Amitabh Bachchan, who was ill at that time, was not able to attend the ceremony. Today, President Ram Nath Kovind invited all the National Award winners of this year to the Rashrapati Bhavan for a get-together. During the award ceremony it was announced that Amitabh Bachchan will be presented with the award on December 29.
Amitabh Bachchan was accompanied by his wife Jaya Bachchan and son Abhishek Bachchan to the event today.
Watch the ceremony here:
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After receiving the award, Amitabh Bachchan thanked the President and Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and said, “It is by the grace of God, the blessings of my parents, support of colleagues from the industry and the love of the people of India that I am able to stand in front of you. It’s been 50 years since the establishment of Dadasaheb Phalke Award and it is the time for which I have been working in the industry. I am grateful for this opportunity and accept this award with gratitude.”
He ended his address by saying, “When the award was announced, I thought if this is a hint to tell me that my time is over and I need to rest at home now. There’s still some work I have to finish and I will be grateful of you all if I get more opportunities in the future.”
The award, named after the father of Indian cinema, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, was instituted in 1969. It 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.
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