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

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.

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: