- Title: Amitabh Bachchan honoured with Indian cinemaâ€™s highest award
- Date: 29th December 2019
- Summary: ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** LEGENDARY INDIAN ACTOR AMITABH BACHCHAN, GUESTS INCLUDING, MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE AND MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING, PRAKASH JAVADEKAR (WEARING BLUE SUIT), VETERAN INDIAN ACTRESS AND WIFE OF AMITABH BACHCHAN, JAYA BACHCHAN (WEARING PINK INDIAN TRADITIONAL ATTIRE, 'SAREE'), INDIAN ACTOR AND SON OF AMITABH BACHCHAN, ABHISHEK BACHCHAN (SITTING BESIDES JAYA) TAKING SEATS AMITABH BACHCHAN SITTING VARIOUS OF KOVIND SITTING AMITABH BACHCHAN SITTING/ AMITABH BACHCHAN GETTING UP AND WALKING AS JAVADEKAR, JAYA, ABHISHEK AND OTHERS CLAP/ AMITABH BACHCHAN GREETING KOVIND (NOT SEEN IN THE FRAME) WITH FOLDED HANDS AMITABH BACHCHAN STANDING AMITABH BACHCHAN WALKING TOWARDS KOVIND AND GREETING HIM/KOVIND PRESENTING AMITABH BACHCHAN WITH 'DADASAHEB PHALKE' AWARD, INDIAN CINEMA'S HIGHEST AWARD AND A SHAWL/ AMITABH BACHCHAN WALKING AWAY WITH AWARD AND HANDING IT OVER TO AN OFFICIAL JAVADEKAR, JAYA, ABHISHEK, AND OTHERS SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) INDIAN ACTOR, AMITABH BACHCHAN, SAYING: "I want to express my gratitude towards the Indian government, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and all the members of the jury of national award who all today considered me worthy of being honoured with the 'Dadasaheb Phalke' Award. Many, many thanks." MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA (FILE - MAY 13, 2018) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) AMITABH BACHCHAN, DANCING ON AN ELEVATED PLATFORM AND WAVING AT FANS FANS CHEERING AND RECORDING BACHCHAN ON THEIR MOBILE PHONES AS HE GREETS FANS FROM THE GATE OF HIS HOUSE BACHCHAN WAVING AT FANS, TURNING AND THEN STEPPING DOWN THE ELEVATED PLATFORM AT HIS HOUSE'S ENTRANCE AS FANS CONTINUE TO CHEER LEICESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - JULY 19, 2006) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) BACHCHAN STANDING AND WEARING A CONVOCATION CAP IN AN ORANGE ROBE AFTER BEING CONFERRED AN HONOURARY DOCTORATE BY UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER BACHCHAN SMILING NEW DELHI, INDIA (FILE - JANUARY 27, 2007) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) BACHCHAN RECEIVING FRANCE'S HIGHEST CIVILIAN AWARD 'LEGION OF HONOUR'/FORMER FRENCH AMBASSADOR TO INDIA DOMINIQUE GIRARD PINNING MEDAL ON BACHCHAN'S CHEST AND HUGGING HIM BACHCHAN POSING WITH HIS FAMILY FOR A PHOTOGRAPH NEW DELHI, INDIA (FILE - APRIL 08, 2015) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) BACHCHAN SHAKING HANDS WITH FORMER INDIAN PRESIDENT PRANAB MUKHERJEE/ MUKHERJEE PINNING A MEDAL AND GIVING INDIA'S SECOND HIGHEST CIVILIAN AWARD, PADMA VIBHUSHAN TO BACHCHAN BOLLYWOOD ACTRESS AND BACHCHAN'S DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN SEATED WITH HUSBAND ABHISHEK BACHCHAN
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- Keywords: Amitabh Bachchan Bollywood Dadasaheb Phalke Award India President Ram Nath Kovind award films
- Location: NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA/ LEICESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA/ LEICESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: India
- Topics: Celebrities,Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA002BC12MOF
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Legendary Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with 'Dadasaheb Phalke' Award, Indian cinema's highest award on Sunday (December 29) in New Delhi.
Indian President, Ram Nath Kovind presented the award to Bachchan in presence of a number of guests including Bachchan' s wife and veteran actress, Jaya Bachchan and son and actor, Abhishek Bachchan during a ceremony at the presidential palace.
'Dadasaheb Phalke' Award is presented every year by the government of India to Bollywood artists for their contribution towards the development of Indian cinema. Indian government this year named Bachchan, one of India's most popular actors, as a recipient for the prestigious award.
Bachchan, worshipped like god by his adoring Indian fans, shot to glory after his 'angry young man' avatar in the film 'Zanjeer' (Chains) in the early 70s.
He was voted the millennium's greatest star of stage and screen in a BBC online poll in 2007, ahead of legends of film and theatre and Hollywood icons including Lawrence Olivier, Humphrey Bogart and Charlie Chaplin.
In 2004, the veteran of more than 100 films also became the first Indian movie actor to be immortalised in wax at Madame Tussaud's museum in London.
Son of a Hindi poet, he quit his job as Calcutta freight broker for films and made his name in the 1970s playing a 'Dirty Harry'-style cop in the groundbreaking movie 'Zanjeer'.
A fatal accident he survived on the sets of 'Coolie' (Porter) in 1982 sent the country into a frenzy, forcing state television to telecast hourly bulletins - the first in Indian media history.
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