Amitabh Bachchan was bestowed with the Dadasaheb Phalke award at the recent National Film Awards ceremony by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The Dadasaheb Phalke award is the highest award in Indian cinema. Some other recent awardees include Vinod Khanna, Kasinathuni Viswanath, Manoj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Gulzar, Pran and others.
In his blog, Amitabh wrote, “There are times in the life of us all when we assimilate without any assimilation of the times past and gone by …. when the years strike back at you and you wonder whether are you really the eldest in the gathering then a sudden temperament invades the being and there is a silent thought that wishes for us all to do for them that have none …. these pictures say it all. I am in pride for the recognition .. I am in pride for the recognition of my profession .. I am in pride of my Country and my Film Industry…” Big B added.
“When this award was announced, a doubt arose in my mind: if this is an indication for me to sit at home and relax after working for so many years? There is some more work I have to finish and certain possibilities are coming up where I may get a chance to do some work. I just wanted some clarification on this,” Amitabh Bachchan said at the event.
The 77-year-old actor quipped that initially when he was announced as 2018’s honouree, he was doubtful if it was an “indication” for him to sit at home. “When this award was announced, a doubt arose in my mind: if this is an indication for me to sit at home and relax after working for so many years?
“There is some more work I have to finish and certain possibilities are coming up where I may get a chance to do some work. I just wanted some clarification on this,” Bachchan said on a lighter note. The veteran actor also thanked the government, Information & Broadcasting ministry and the jury members of the National Film Awards for naming him the Dadasaheb Phalke Award recipient. The actor was accompanied by his wife, veteran actor-MP Jaya Bachchan and son, actor Abhishek Bachchan at the ceremony. Amitabh Bachchan is gearing up for the release of four films in 2020 – Gulabo Sitabo, Chehre, Jhund and Brahmastra.