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      Rajinikanth To Be Honoured With 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award; Thalaiva Expresses Gratitude

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      Superstar Rajinikanth will be conferred with the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year. Announcing the same on Thursday (April 1), the Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar 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 I thank Jury @ashabhosle @SubhashGhai1@Mohanlal@Shankar_Live #BiswajeetChatterjee."

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      As per the tweet, the jury members included veteran singer Asha Bhosle, Shankar Mahadevan, actors Mohanlal and Biswajeet and director Subhash Ghai.

      Notably, Rajinikanth is the 12th South Indian to be honoured with the award after Dr Rajkumar, Akkineni Nageshwar Rao, K Balachander, Sivaji Ganesan, Nagi Reddy, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, D Ramanaidu and K Viswanath among the others.

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Rajinikanth on the occasion. Calling him an endearing personality, the PM tweeted, "Popular across generations, a body of work few can boast of, diverse roles and an endearing personality...that's Shri @rajinikanth Ji for you.It is a matter of immense joy that Thalaiva has been conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Congratulations to him."

      Expressing gratitude and thanking Modi for his congratulatory message the actor tweeted, "Immensely humbled and honoured with your greetings and the most prestigious #DadasahebPhalkeAward award respected and dearest Shri @narendramodi ji. My heartfelt thanks to you and the government of india."

      Also dedicating the award to everyone who have been a part of his incredible journey, the actor further tweeted, "My heartfelt thanks to the government of india, respected & dearest @narendramodi ji, @PrakashJavdekar ji and the jury for conferring upon me the prestigious #DadasahebPhalkeAward I sincerely dedicate it to all those who have been a part of my journey. Thanks to the almighty."

      Well, zillion fans and followers of the actor who are highly elated with the news are now sending wishes to their idol fondly called 'Thalaiva' (Leader), for his big win. Several celebrities from the industry including Kamal Haasan have also wished the actor for receiving one of India's highest film honours.

      Notably, the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award was supposed to be announced last year but was postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.

      On the work front, Rajinikanth is currently busy shooting for Kollywood film with Annaatthe with Siva. Backed by Sun Pictures, the film will feature Nayanthara and Keerthy Suresh as female leads.

      Also Read: Annaatthe: 30-Day Shoot Schedule Planned For Rajinikanth Starrer; Jagapathi Babu Joins The TeamAlso Read: Annaatthe: 30-Day Shoot Schedule Planned For Rajinikanth Starrer; Jagapathi Babu Joins The Team

      Also Read: Deepika Padukone On Working With Rajinikanth: He Is Like A Child In The Candy Shop [Flashback]Also Read: Deepika Padukone On Working With Rajinikanth: He Is Like A Child In The Candy Shop [Flashback]

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