Film star Amitabh Bachchan honoured with Indian cinema’s highest honour, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan today in New Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind presented the award to the actor in a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Film star 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 concluded 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."
Mr. Bachchan was supposed to receive honour last week at National Film Awards ceremony last Monday, but due to health issues he was not able to attend the event.
The ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Award’ is Indian cinema’s highest was which is named after the father of Indian cinema, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke. This award was instituted in 1969, the birth centenary year of Dadasaheb Phalke.
This award is conferred by the government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. The award consists of a Swarn Kamal, a shawl and a cash prize of ten lakh rupees.