The prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019 has been conferred on legendary actor Rajinikant for his vast and rich body of work through the decades.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the award with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the salutation for the artiste, who recently resisted the temptation to enter the political arena.
“Happy to announce #Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2019 to one of the greatest actors in history of Indian cinema Rajinikant ji. His contribution as actor, producer and screenwriter has been iconic,” Javadekar said.
The jury for the award comprised Subhash Ghai, Mohan Lal, Shankar Mahadevan and Biswajeet Chaterjee.
Congratulating Rajinikant, Modi said, “Popular across generations, a body of work few can boast of, diverse roles and an endearing personality…that’s Shri Rajinikant Ji for you. It is a matter of immense joy that Thalaiva has been conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Congratulations to him.”
It remains to be seen if the feting of Rajinikant in the middle of the Tamil Nadu election impacts poll trends.