New Delhi: Amitabh Bachchan was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award – India’s highest film honour for his contribution to the Indian cinema — by President Ram Nath Kovind today.
77-year-old actor skipped this year’s National Film Awards ceremony due to health issues.
Amitabh Bachchan was accompanied by his wife Jaya Bachchan and son Abhishek Bachchan to the event today.
‘I am grateful for this opportunity’: 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.”
Bachchan said further, “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 to you all if I get more opportunities in the future.”