Indian cinema celebrity Rajinikanth, 70, would be the 2021 recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award, India’s highest movie honor.
The award is given for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema and is called after Phalke, director of “Raja Harischandra” (1913), India’s first full-length function, who is taken into account the daddy of Indian cinema. It carries a money prize of INR 1 million ($13,600).
Announcing the award on Thursday, Prakash Javadekar, India’s info and broadcasting minister tweeted: “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.”
The award jury consisted of filmmaker Subhash Ghai, musicians Asha Bhonsle and Shankar Mahadevan, and actors Mohanlal and Biswajit Chatterjee.
Born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, Rajinikanth started his profession in 1975 with the Tamil-language movie “Apoorva Raagangal.” Since then he has starred in additional than 160 movies throughout Indian languages and attained cult standing. Rajinikanth is a phenomenon amongst South Indian stars. His recognition contains fan bases within the U.S. and Japan. Every launch of his is handled as a near-religious occasion by followers and causes such a frenzy that cinemas lay on back-to-back reveals at daybreak within the first week of launch.
In 2017, he formally introduced his choice to affix politics, however since then determined to not for well being causes.
His new movie “Annaatthe” is due later this yr
Past winners of the Dadasaheb Phalke award embrace filmmakers Satyajit Ray, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal and Tapan Sinha, actors Soumitra Chatterjee, Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Rajkumar, Sivaji Ganesan, Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Shashi Kapoor, and musicians Manna Dey, Bhupen Hazarika, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle