Amitabh Bachchan to get Dadasaheb Phalke Award – 2018
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured with India’s highest award in cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2018. He will be conferred the prestigious film honour for his ‘outstanding contribution for the growth and development of Indian cinema’. The award comes in the year that marks Amitabh Bachchan’s golden jubilee (50 years) in cinema. The announcement in this regard was made by Minister of Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar.
About Amitabh Bachchan
He made his debut in 1969 with film ‘Saat Hindustani’.
For past five decades he is one of the most influential figures in Indian cinema.
He has also been honoured with Padma Shri (1984), Padma Bhushan (2001) and Padma Vibhushan (2015).
In 2007, the French Government conferred upon him with France’s highest civilian honour- ‘the Knight of the Legion of Honour’, for his exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond.
He has also been conferred with 4 national awards and 15 filmfare trophies.
About Dadasaheb Phalke Award
It is country’s highest film honour. It was introduced by government in 1969.
The award was founded to commemorate ‘father of Indian cinema’, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke. He directed Raja Harischandra (1913), India’s first feature film.
In 2018, at 65th National Awards, Vinod Khanna was posthumously honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2017 for his priceless contribution to cinema.
First Recipient: Devika Rani, ‘the first lady of Indian cinema’.
Prize: Award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus), a shawl and a cash prize of Rs.10 Lakh.
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