The actor couldn't attend the National Award ceremony yesterday because of health reasons.
Amitabh Bachchan to be given Dadasaheb Phalke award on 29 December
Mumbai - 24 Dec 2019 13:00 IST
Updated : 14:52 IST
Amitabh Bachchan couldn’t attend the National awards ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday because of bad health. The legendary actor was to be given the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to Indian cinema.
But it has now been decided that he will be presented with the award on Sunday, 29 December, instead at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The announcement was made yesterday by the information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar.
The news was shared by Prasar Bharti News Service on their official Twitter page while quoting Javadekar. “Dadasaheb Phalke Award will be given to Amitabh Bachchan at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 29 December because he was not able to reach today due to being unwell: Prakash Javadekar, I&B minister,” said the tweet.
Dadasaheb Phalke Award will be given to Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) at Rashtrapati Bhavan on December 29 because he was not able to reach today due to being unwell: @PrakashJavdekar, I&B Minister. #NationalFilmAwards— Prasar Bharati News Services (@PBNS_India) December 23, 2019
Bachchan shared about his decision of not being able to attend the ceremony on Sunday. He tweeted saying, “Down with fever .. ! Not allowed to travel .. will not be able to attend National Award tomorrow in Delhi .. so unfortunate .. my regrets.”
T 3584/5/6 -— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 22, 2019
Down with fever .. ! Not allowed to travel .. will not be able to attend National Award tomorrow in Delhi .. so unfortunate .. my regrets ..
For the uninitiated, there have been quite a few awards named and given after the name of Dadasaheb Phalke since last few years. But the one given by the government of India, which Bachchan will be receiving, is the only prestigious one.