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Dadasaheb Phalke award for Amitabh Bachchan

Union minister for information and broadcasting Prakash Javadekar made the announcement on Twitter this evening.

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Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan, superstar of the 1970s and 1980s, has been unanimously chosen to receive the Dadasaheb Phalke award this year.

Prakash Javadekar, Union minister for information and broadcasting, made the announcement on Twitter earlier this evening.

Javadekar stated, "The legend Amitabh Bachchan who entertained and inspired for 2 generations has been selected unanimously for Dadasaheb Phalke award. The entire country and international community is happy. My heartiest congratulations to him."

Named after the father of Indian cinema, filmmaker Dadasaheb Phalke, the award is the highest honour for a film personality in India. Last year, the honour was posthumously conferred upon actor Vinod Khanna at the 65th National Awards. Due to the Lok Sabha election earlier this year, both the National Film Awards and the Dadasaheb Phalke award announcement were delayed.

Bachchan has previously been honoured with the Padma Shri, the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan.

After Javadekar's announcement, congratulations began to pour in from all quarters, including one close to home, Bachchan's son Abhishek.

Southern superstar Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan's co-star in Andhaa Kaanoon (1983) and Hum (1991), also tweeted his congratulations.

Personalities from across the various Indian film industries wished the veteran actor on his latest honour.

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