Superstar Rajinikanth has been selected for the Dada Saheb Phalke award for the year 2019 for his contribution to the Indian film industry. Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar took to Twitter to make the big announcement.
He tweeted, “Happy to announce #Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2020 to one of the greatest actors in history of Indian cinema Rajnikant ji His contribution as actor, producer and screenwriter has been iconic.”
The announcement of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It should have been announced last year. In 2018, Bollywood legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan received this prestigious award.
Superstar Rajinikanth made his acting debut in 1975 in director Balachander’s Tamil film, ‘Apoorva Ragangal’. He began his acting career as a villain and went on to become a superstar within a couple of years of his debut. He has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Kannada languages. His daughters Aishwarya and Soundarya are also into the film business. The elder daughter is a director and the younger one is a producer-director. His son-in-law Dhanush is a renowned star.
Rajinikanth was earlier conferred with Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award. Dada Saheb Phalke is the highest award in Indian cinema.
Rajinikanth will next be seen in ‘Annaatthe’. The film’s shoot is in progress.