The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented Dada Saheb Phalke Award to Shri Amitabh Bachchan at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan .
The actor was accompanied by wife Jaya Bachchan and son Abhishek Bachchan at the ceremony. The 77-year-old actor, who skipped this year’s National Film Awards ceremony due to health issues, received the award from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. After receiving the award, Amitabh Bachchan said,”Jab iss puruskar ki ghoshna hui to mere mann mein ek sandeh utha. Ki kya kahin ye sanket hai mere liye ki bhai sahab aapne bahut kaam kar liya, ab ghar baith ke aaram kar lijiye. Kyunki abhi bhi thoda kaam baki hai jise mujhe poora karna hai.”
In September, this year, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced that Mr Bachchan will be awarded with the prestigious award. “The legend Amitabh Bachchan who entertained and inspired for 2 generations has been selected unanimously for Dadasahab Phalke Award. The entire country and international community is happy. My heartiest Congratulations to him,” Prakash Javadekar tweeted.
Amitabh could not attend main function last week when The 66th National awards were presented to the winners by Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu . 77-year-old actor stated that he could not attend the National Award ceremony because he was “down with fever” and that he was not allowed to travel. “Down with fever… Not allowed to travel.