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Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Dadasaheb Phalke award, country’s highest film honour will be presented this year to Rajnikant for his “outstanding contribution for the growth and development of Indian cinema," Information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar made the announcement during a presser today.
"Happy to announce Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2019 to one of the greatest actors in history of Indian cinema Rajnikant ji. His contribution as actor, producer and screenwriter has been iconic," tweeted Javadekar.
Happy to announce #Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2019 to one of the greatest actors in history of Indian cinema Rajnikant ji
His contribution as actor, producer and screenwriter has been iconic
I thank Jury @ashabhosle @SubhashGhai1 @Mohanlal@Shankar_Live #BiswajeetChatterjee pic.twitter.com/b17qv6D6BP
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) April 1, 2021
On the jury that selected Rajinikant for the award were Legendary singer Asha Bhosle, Film Drector Subhash Ghai, Actor Mohanlal, Music Director & Singer Shankar Mahadevan and Actor Biswajeet Chatterjee.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hailed Rajinikanth for his contribution to cinema while congratulating him on the honour.
"Popular across generations, a body of work few can boast of, diverse roles and an endearing personality...that's Shri @rajinikanth Ji for you. It is a matter of immense joy that Thalaiva has been conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Congratulations to him," Modi said in a tweet.
Popular across generations, a body of work few can boast of, diverse roles and an endearing personality...that’s Shri @rajinikanth Ji for you.
It is a matter of immense joy that Thalaiva has been conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Congratulations to him.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 1, 2021
The Dadasaheb Phalke award consists of a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus), a shawl and a cash prize of Rs 1,000,000.
Notably, Rajinikanth made his debut in the 1975 Tamil film Apoorva Ragangal. He has delivered many super hit films such as Billu, Muthu, Baashha, Sivaji, and Enthiran. The South superstar also starred in several Bollywood movies such as Hum, Andha Kanoon, Bhagwaan Dada, Aatank hi Aatank and Chaalbaaz.
Meanwhile, congratulatory messages are pouring in from political leaders, actors, directors and social workers, besides people from all walks of life.
Hearty congratulations to Shri @rajinikanth on being conferred the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Over the past many years, the versatile actor has been enthralling people by portraying a vast array of roles depicting myriad hues of human experience and emotions.#Rajinikanth pic.twitter.com/TTU7HTlJxL
— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) April 1, 2021
Congratulate popular actor @rajinikanth ji on being selected for #DadaSahebPhalke Award. The versatile actor contributed immensely for the growth of Indian cinema which endeared him to millions of cinema lovers.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) April 1, 2021
'Hearty congratulations to Superstar Rajinikanth on being conferred the Indian cinema's highest recognition, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. A versatile actor & a great human being Shri @rajinikanth 's contribution to Indian cinema is immense. My best wishes to him' : CM @BSYBJP. pic.twitter.com/bHqbH7qWhs
— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) April 1, 2021
உயரிய விருதான தாதா சாகேப் பால்கே விருது உச்ச நட்சத்திரமும் என் மனதிற்கு இனிய நண்பருமான ரஜினிகாந்திற்கு அறிவிக்கப்பட்டிருப்பது பெரும் மகிழ்வளிக்கிறது. திரையில் தோன்றுவதன் மூலமே ரசிகர்களை வென்றெடுத்துவிட முடியும் என்பதை நிரூபித்த ரஜினிக்கு இந்த விருது 100% பொருத்தம்.
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) April 1, 2021
Elated at the announcement of the prestigious #DadaSahebPhalke Award to my dear friend @rajinikanth Truly deserving.Your contributions to the film industry are immense my friend! Hearty congratulations! May the force be with you!! pic.twitter.com/OmU4mVQDhz
— Chiranjeevi Konidela (@KChiruTweets) April 1, 2021
Congratulations @rajinikanth sir on being awarded the #DadasahebPhalkeAward!! Your contribution to cinema is unparalleled! Truly an inspiration👏👏👏
— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) April 1, 2021
Congratulations @Rajinikanth Garu on being honoured with prestigious #DadasahebPhalkeAward for 2019. You truly deserved it. pic.twitter.com/wN7GgHHoGM
— Boney Kapoor (@BoneyKapoor) April 1, 2021
Finally a befetting recognition to our thalaivar Shri. @rajinikanth Feel happy and proud. Congratulations and kudos to the phenomenal actor for #DadasahebPhalkeAward
— resul pookutty (@resulp) April 1, 2021
(Edited By Suryakant Jena)