Rajinikanth To Receive Dadasaheb Phalke Award, PM Says "Matter Of Joy"

By moGossip Team Apr 2, 2021  

By @moGossip.com

Superstar Rajinikanth will be honoured with the 2019 Dadasaheb Phalke award, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced this morning.

In a congratulatory tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said "it is a matter of immense joy that Thalaiva has been conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award". Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami spoke to Rajinikanth on phone and congratulated him.

In tweets, the actor thanked the government, PM Modi, Mr Javadekar and the jury for the award. "I sincerely dedicate it to all those who have been a part of my journey. Thanks to the almighty ," he said.

Responding to PM Modi's wishes, Rajinikanth said he is "humbled and honoured" with his greetings and the award.

The announcement of the top honour for Rajinkanth, 70, comes just days before the assembly election in Tamil Nadu where his largest fan base is. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar responded sharply to a question linking the two. "This is an award related to the film world and Rajinikanth has been working for 50 years...one must ask proper questions," he said.

Rajinikanth dropped his political plans in December last year, in a stunning about-turn after years of speculation. On the brink of launching his political party, he backed out citing his health. The BJP has reportedly reached out to the veteran actor for support but he has refused to publicly endorse any party.

The jury this year for the prestigious award included playback icon Asha Bhosle, director-producer Subhash Ghai, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal, music composer and singer Shankar Mahadevan and Biswajeet Chatterjee.

"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," Mr Javadekar had tweeted earlier today. He said the award will be presented to Rajinikanth on May 3 along with the National Film Awards.

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