Actor Rajinikanth to be honoured with Dada Saheb Palke Award 

 The actor is the 51st to be receiving India’s highest award in cinema.

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NEW DELHI: 

Renowned actor Rajnikant will be awarded the distinguished Dada Saheb Palke Award for his contribution to Indian Cinema, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Thursday.

The actor is the 51st to be receiving India’s highest award in cinema.

“Happy to announce #Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2019 to one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema Rajnikant Ji. His contribution as actor, producer and screenwriter has been iconic,” tweeted Javadekar.

The jury comprised renowned singer Asha Bhosle, Filmmaker & Educationist Subhash Ghai, actor and producer Mohanlal, Bollywood Singer Shankar Mahadevan, actor and singer Biswajeet Chatterjee.

Rajnikant aka Shivaji Rao Gaikwad was born in a Marathi family in Bangalore, on 12 December 1950.

He did his schooling in Banglore itself, and upon completion, he was employed as a bus conductor under Bangalore Transport Service.

To his credit, Rajnikanth has acted in 160 films, with most of his appearances in Tamil cinema.

He has also worked in other Indian film industries such as Bollywood, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Bengali. 

Rajnikanth has also been honoured with the prestigious Padma Bhushan (2000) and the Padma Vibhushan (2016) by the Government of India.

(Edited by Gabriel G Momin)

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