Amitabh Bachchan has been in the entertainment industry for over 4 decades now. Big B is not just a superstar but a living legend of the country. Form roman to thriller, comedy this angry young man has changed the perspective of a hero, in Indian Cinema.
The actor received several awards for his stupendous work including Padma Vibhushan. The 78-year-old actor is still the biggest star in the nation. Now adding another feather in his cap Mr. Bachchan will be honoured with the 2021 FIAF Award by The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF).
The award will be virtually presented by Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan for their dedication and contribution to the preservation of the world’s film heritage. Big B is the first Indian who will receive the award.
In a statement, the megastar said, “I am greatly honoured to receive this award for a cause that I am deeply committed to. When I became the ambassador of the Film Heritage Foundation in 2015, I realised the extent of the neglect and colossal loss of our precious film heritage and how we continue to lose more of our legacy every day. Recognising the urgency of the situation, I have been working closely with them to do everything in our power to save our films and build a movement for film preservation in our part of the world. We must strengthen the idea that film archiving is as essential as filmmaking, and I do hope that we are able to garner further support for this cause from my colleagues in the film industry and the government, to enable us to realise our dream for building a centre that will preserve and showcase our magnificent film heritage.”
Martin shared, “Safeguarding cinema is a global cause. Amitabh Bachchan’s advocacy for preserving India’s film legacy has been exceptional. With a career spanning over five decades, he is a celebrated actor who has put the considerable weight of his reputation behind the cause of film preservation in India and the entire subcontinent. They could not have chosen a more deserving individual to recognise this year.”
Christopher was quoted, “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. I want to congratulate Amitabh Bachchan on receiving the 2021 honour. He has played an essential role in putting the cause of film preservation on the map in India and the subcontinent.”
Meanwhile, Sr Bachchan has some amazing lineups for release including Chehre and Jhund while, Brahmastra, is expected to release this year.
The actor will soon start shooting for Nag Ashwin’s film with Deepika Padukone and Prabhas.