Rajinikanth receives the Dadasaheb Phalke award:‘I am nobody without my fans’

Rajinikanth speaking at the 67th National Film Awards   (Image Sorce: The Hindu)

Rajinikanth speaking at the 67th National Film Awards (Image Sorce: The Hindu)

The actor Rajinikanth won the prestigious Dadasaheb P.P. Award received for his merits as an actor, producer and screenwriter.

Established in 1969, this award is the highest award given to an Indian film artist. The award was presented by a five-member jury: Asha Bhonsle, director Subhash Ghai, Mohanlal, Shankar Mahadevan and actor Biswajeet Chatterjee.

Rajinikanth attended the ceremony, Mrs. Latha, her daughter Soundarya and son-in-law Dhanush (who shared the highest acting awards for Asuran, with Manoj Bajapayee for Bhonsle)

After the award ceremony, Rajinikanth took the stage to give a short speech.
 

“Good morning to the Honourable Vice President, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Dr L Murugan, all the dignitaries on stage and the award winners. I am extremely happy to receive this prestigious award and would like to thank the Central government for this.”

“I dedicate this award to my guru and mentor K Balachander sir, and I remember him with gratitude. I also dedicate this to my my brother Thiru Sathyanarayana Rao Gaikwad, who was a father figure to me, and raised me with great values instilling spirituality in me,” he remarked.

The actor also remembered his close friend, the bus driver Raj Bahadur. He was the first person to identify the acting talent in me when I was a bus conductor, and encouraged me to enter the world of cinema. I’d also like to thank all my producers, directors, technicians, co-artistes, distributors, media and the press.”

He concluded thanking his fans, and saying that he is “nobody without them.” “They are the Gods who keep me living,” Rajinikanth signed off.

On the working side, this Deepavali brings the action drama of actor Annaatthe to the screens.

Sources:- The Hindu 

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