Indian superstar Rajinikanth, who will receive the country’s highest film honour, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, is the man of the hour. The prize recognises lifetime contribution to cinema and is handed out by the Government of India. The 70-year-old icon with his unique acting histrionics will be conferred with the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award, confirmed Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on April 1.

As soon as the announcement trickled in, Rajinikanth tweeted his happiness. His tweet read: “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.

The icon, who’s also the recipient of the Padma Vibhushan (2016) and Padma Bhushan (2000), was immediately flooded with congratulatory tweets and posts that were a nod to his long-enduring greatness. The Dadasaheb Phalke award is named after Phalke, director of ‘Raja Harischandra’ (1913), India’s first full-length feature, who is considered the father of Indian cinema.

This year’s jury who chose Rajinikanth for this honour included filmmaker Subhash Ghai, musicians Asha Bhonsle and Shankar Mahadevan, and actors Mohanlal and Biswajit Chatterjee.

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