- Title: Amitabh Bachchan honoured with Indian cinemaâ€™s highest award
- Date: 29th December 2019
- Summary: NEW DELHI, INDIA (DECEMBER 29, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) (HD) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** INDIAN PRESIDENT, RAM NATH KOVIND ARRIVING/KOVIND AND GUARDS STANDING
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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
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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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