Rajinikanth receives Dada Saheb Phalke award

New Delhi: Superstar Rajinikanth, who on Monday received the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award at the National Film Awards ceremony here, dedicated the honour to his mentor and late film director K Balanchander.

The actor, a matinee idol for ages and popularly called Thalaivar’ (leader in Tamil) was bestowed with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Indian cinema’s highest honour for an artiste, for the year 2019.

In his acceptance speech, Rajinikanth also thanked his elder brother Sathyanarayana Rao, transport colleague and friend Raj Bahadur, his fans, filmmakers, colleagues and the Tamil people for their unwavering support over the five decades.

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