Rajinikanth thanks followers, colleagues, political leaders for their wishes on Dadasaheb Phalke honour

CHENNAI: Superstar Rajinikanth, the recipient of prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for the yr 2019, has expressed his gratitude to followers, movie fraternity colleagues and political leaders for their heartfelt wishes. The Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday introduced that the award, which is Indian cinema’s highest honour for an artiste, might be introduced to Rajinikanth on May 3.

“For all the love, greetings & wishes I’ve received from eminent political leaders, my film fraternity friends & colleagues, well-wishers, media, every person who took the time to wish me & my beloved fans from across India & all over the world… My deepest gratitude and thanks,” the veteran actor stated in a Twitter put up on Friday. On Thursday, in an announcement posted on the microblogging web site, the 70-year-old cinema icon had devoted the award to his pal, bus driver Raj Bahadur, elder brother Sathyanarayana Rao Gaekwad and all those that made him the celebrity that he’s now.

“I dedicate this award to my friend and bus driver Raj Bahadur, who discovered my acting talent and encouraged me, my elder brother Sathyanarayana Rao Gaekwad, who sacrificed a lot to make me an actor while struggling with poverty, my guru K Balachander, who created this Rajinikanth,” he had stated. He additionally remembered his producers, administrators, technicians, distributors, theatre homeowners, media, the Tamil individuals, “who have given me my life, and my fans across the world.”

Rajinikanth, whose actual identify is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, tried his hand at a number of odd jobs earlier than touchdown as a bus conductor. He quickly stop the job to pursue his appearing desires. It was famous director K Balachander who noticed Rajinikanth at a movie institute and roped him to star in his 1975 movie ‘Apoorva Ragangal’. The director additionally gave the actor his display screen identify Rajinikanth. The cinema icon has delivered a number of superhit movies equivalent to ‘Billa’, ‘Muthu’, ‘Sivaji’ and ‘Enthiran’, amongst others.

He has additionally starred in Bollywood films equivalent to ‘Hum’, ‘Andha Kanoon’, ‘Bhagwaan Dada’, ‘Aatank hello Aatank’ and ‘Chaalbaaz’.

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