The reputable 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award will be awarded to superstar Rajinikanth with India’s highest film distinction, for his stupendous contribution to the Kollywood industry. The news was confirmed by the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash 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
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) April 1, 2021
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in the film industry. The ceremony takes place annually at the national Film Awards which are conducted by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The recipient is honoured for their “outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema”.
Kamal Haasan was the first celebrity to express his hearty congratulations to his dear friend Rajinikanth who will receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
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
Playback singer Asha Bhosle, director-producer Subhash Ghai, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal, music composer and singer Shankar Mahadevan, and Biswajeet Chatterjee were among the members of this year’s jury for the award.
Rajinikanth will be the 12th South Indian to be honored with this award. Dr. Rajkumar, Akkineni Nageshwar Rao, and K Balachander have all been honored in the past.
Previously, our superstar was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016. He is widely known as one of India’s most famous cinematic icons.
Rajinikanth upon being conferred with the award, tweeted:
My heartfelt thanks to the government of india, respected & dearest @narendramodi ji, @PrakashJavdekar ji and the jury for conferring upon me the prestigious #DadasahebPhalkeAward I sincerely dedicate it to all those who have been a part of my journey. Thanks to the almighty 🙏🏻
— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) April 1, 2021