Amitabh Bachchan pens note of gratitude to film industry after receiving FIAF award
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan penned a heartwarming note for the film industry

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan penned a heartwarming note for the film industry after he received conferred with the 2021 FIAF award by The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the organisation of film archives and museums from internationally, at a digital ceremony held on March 19.
On Instagram, the 78-year-old star posted an image of him from final evening after he acquired the accolade.
Taking it to the captions, he wrote, “I am deeply honoured to have been conferred with the 2021 FIAF Award. Thank you to FIAF and to Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan for bestowing the award on me in the ceremony today.”
“Our commitment to the cause of saving India’s film heritage is unshakeable and Film Heritage Foundation will continue its efforts to build a nationwide movement to save our films,” he concluded.
Iconic filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan, who’ve been earlier recipients, gave the award to Big B for his contribution to the preservation of and entry to the world’s film heritage for the profit of current and future generations.
At the opening ceremony of the 2018 Kolkata Film Festival, Bachchan had delivered an impassioned speech on film preservation, saying that almost all movies of Indian filmmaking legends have “gone up in flames or have been discarded on the scrap heap.”
“Very little of this great film heritage survives, and if we do not take urgent steps to save what remains, in another hundred years there will be no memory of these films and nothing left to celebrate,” the actor had stated.
Bachchan was nominated by the FIAF-affiliate Film Heritage Foundation, an Indian film archival organisation based by filmmaker and archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.
Dungarpur identified that India’s monitor document in film preservation is dismal. By 1950, India had misplaced nearly 70 per cent of its movies, and of the 1,338 silent movies made in India, some 29 survive, many solely in fragments.
He stated that Bachchan “constructively wielded his influence to amplify the cause on a war footing,” in South Asia and that he was the unanimous alternative of the 172 FIAF-affiliated archives for the award.
Scorsese additionally commented on Big B and stated, “Amitabh Bachchan’s advocacy for preserving India’s film legacy has been exceptional.”
Nolan, who’s a staunch supporter of celluloid over digital, stated, “As a past recipient of the FIAF Award, I know how imperative it is that representatives of the film industry around the world come together to ensure that we preserve our film heritage.”
Congratulating Bachchan, Nolan stated, “he has played an essential role in putting the cause of film preservation on the map in India and the subcontinent.”
The FIAF Award was launched in 2001 when it was introduced to Scorsese for his film archival efforts. It has since recognised personalities from exterior the archival scene who’ve labored to advocate the trigger of film preservation.
Past winners of the award embody Ingmar Bergman (2003), Mike Leigh (2005), Hou Hsiao-hsien (2006), Peter Bogdanovich (2007), Rithy Panh (2009), Agnes Varda (2013), Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (2016), Christopher Nolan (2017), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2018), Jean-Luc Godard (2019), and Walter Salles (2020).


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