The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s most prestigious award in Cinema. It is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, where the recipient is honoured for their “Outstanding contribution to the Growth and Development of Indian cinema”. The award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize of Rs.10,00,000.
Presented first in 1969, the award was introduced by the Government of India to commemorate Dadasaheb Phalke’s contribution to Indian cinema. Phalke (1870–1944), who is popularly known as and often regarded as “The Father of Indian Cinema”, was an Indian filmmaker who directed India’s first full-length feature film, Raja Harishchandra (1913).
The first recipient of the award was actress Devika Rani, who was honoured at the 17th National Film Awards.
In its 50th edition, Amitabh Bachchan is the honouree. Mr. Bachchan made his big-screen debut in Saat Hindustani (1969; “Seven Indians”), and he received the first of his numerous Filmfare Awards for his performance in Anand (1971). He is renowned for his versatility, and many of his roles showcased his talents in singing, dancing, and comedy. By the end of the 1970s, Bachchan had appeared in more than 35 films and was regarded as India’s top film star. By the early 21st century, he had appeared in more than 175 Bollywood films, and at age 70, he made his Hollywood debut as a minor character in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (2013).
Every year, IFFI has a film section that is dedicated to the winner of Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Following its traditions, this year, IFFI 2019 will showcase 6 of the best films by Amitabh Bachchan in a separate section honoring the star’s achievement.
One of the featured movies in this section includes the film “Black”. This movie broke all barriers and showed us a movie that led our cold heart melt. It is a cathartic tale of a young woman who can’t see, hear or talk and the teacher who brings a ray of light into her dark world. The movie has had 44 wins and 4 nominations.
Apart from Black, the other movies featured in this category are:
2019 marks the 50th year of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which is often counted amongst one of the earliest film festivals of the Asian continent. The 50th International Film Festival of India,2019 will witness over 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non feature films in Indian Panorama section and more than 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.