It is heartening to learn that Bollywood’s most iconic actor, Amitabh Bachchan has been unanimously selected with this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke award (“Amitabh Bachchan humbled by Dadasaheb Phalke honour”, Gulf News, September 25). He is being recognised for his outstanding contribution to films. In my opinion, for Bachchan, this award comes late in his career.
The Dadasaheb Phalke award is India’s highest and most prestigious cinema award for artists, which is given in the name of Dadasaheb Phalke, for his lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. It was instituted in 1969.
Bachchan rose to stardom in Hindi cinema with his ‘angry young man’ persona. His stellar roles captured the audience’s heart in his hit films like Zanzeer, Deewar and Sholay. Despite being a huge star, he appears on television as the host of the popular television show, Kaun Banega Crorepati, India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
He is still the same charismatic performer that he was five decades ago and is equally popular in Pakistan and the UAE.
In a career spanning five decades, Bachchan has given memorable performances and has been awarded the National Film Award, Padma Shri (1984),Padma Bhushan (2001) and Padma Vibhushan (2015). Bachchan’s Dadasaheb Phalke award is much deserved.