Actor Rajinikanth to be conferred with 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award

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Updated: Apr 01, 2021 11:19 AM

Actor Rajinikanth will be conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke Award. The announcement was made by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday.

Rajinikanth, Dadasaheb Phalke AwardRajinikanth (File photo)

Actor Rajinikanth will be conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke Award. The announcement was made by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday. “Happy to announce #Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2020 to one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema Rajnikant ji His contribution as actor, producer and screenwriter has been iconic,” Javadekar tweeted.

This year, the jury members for the prestigious award included singing legend Asha Bhosle, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal, director-producer Subhash Ghai, music composer and singer Shankar Mahadevan and Biswajeet Chatterjee.

Confirming the news, the Information and Broadcasting minister said that Rajinikanth’s contribution as actor, producer, and screenwriter has been iconic.

The award announced is for the year 2019. Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest film honour awarded by the government.

The award was to be announced last year but it was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. National Film Awards for 2019 too was postponed.

70-year-old Rajinikanth is one of the most iconic stars of Indian cinema. He made his debut with Tamil film Apoorva Ragangal in the year 1975. Rajinikanth has several films to his credit including Baashha, Billu, Muthu, Sivaji, and Enthiran.

He also starred in several Bollywood hit movies like Chaalbaaz and Hum.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the south superstar on Twitter.

“Popular across generations, a body of work few can boast of, diverse roles and an endearing personality…that’s Rajinikanth for you. It’s a matter of immense joy that Thalaiva has been conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Congratulations to him,” PM Modi tweeted.

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