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Rajinikanth to be Honoured with 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award: Prakash Javadekar

On December 29 last year, Rajinikanth, citing his health condition vis-a-vis the coronavirus pandemic announced that he would not join politics. He had undergone renal transplant in 2016 and is on immuno-suppressants.

On December 29 last year, Rajinikanth, citing his health condition vis-a-vis the coronavirus pandemic announced that he would not join politics. He had undergone renal transplant in 2016 and is on immuno-suppressants.

Union minister Prakash Javadekar announces Rajinikanth will be honoured with the 51st Dada Saheb Phalke award.

Megastar Rajinikanth will be presented with the Dadasaheb Phalke honour, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said. Considered the highest honour for an artiste in Indian cinema, the award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize of ₹10,00,000. It was conferred upon Amitabh Bachchan in 2018.

“Happy to announce this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke award to one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema Rajinikanth ji. His contribution as actor, producer, and screenwriter has been iconic,” Javadekar tweeted. On the jury that selected Rajinikanth for the award were singers Asha Bhosle and Shankar Mahadevan, actors Mohanlal and Biswajeet, and filmmaker Subhash Ghai.

Rajinikanth began his acting career with the Tamil movie Apoorva Raagangal, released in the year 1975. He went on to work in blockbusters like Baashha, Thalapathi, Annamalai, Muthu, Sivaji: The Boss, Chandramukhi, and Enthiran, among others. Rajinikanth’s last movie was Darbar which released in 2020. It is a Tamil-language action thriller film, directed by A R Murugadoss, and produced by Allirajah Subaskaran under Lyca Productions. Rajinikanth is also the recipient of Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awards for his excellent work in the cinema world.

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first published:April 01, 2021, 10:16 IST