Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan has been named for the prestigious Dada Sahab Phalke award for his outstanding contribution to the film industry.
In a Tweet, Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar said the legend who entertained and inspired for two generations has been unanimously selected for the award. The Minister said the entire country and international community is happy over his selection. Javadekar also congratulated the veteran actor.
The award is conferred by the Government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. It consists of a Swarn Kamal and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh rupees.
The 76-year-old screen icon, who rose to stardom with his ‘Angry Young Man’ persona capturing the anger of the young generation in the 1970s with films such as “Zanjeer”, “Deewar” and “Sholay”, continues to be a force to reckon with in Indian cinema.
In a career spanning five decades, Bachchan has given memorable performances film after film and is a four-time National Film Award winner.