South Superstar Rajnikanth received his Dadasaheb Phalke Award from Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday.
The superstar dedicated the award to his producers, directors, film fraternity and fans. Rajnikanth attended the ceremony with his son-in-law Dhanush, who bagged the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Asuran.
Receiving the award, Rajnikanth recalled his journey from a bus conductor to a renowned actor and thanked his old friend who suggested that he join films.
On Sunday, Rajinikanth shared a statement on Twitter about receiving the award and called it one of the "two special landmarks" – the other one being his daughter Soundarya Vishagan's new app named Hoote, which is to be launched this evening. In his statement, Rajinikanth wrote: "Tomorrow is an important occasion for me with two special landmarks. One, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, being conferred upon me by the Government of India because of the love and support of the people."
Rajinikanth is known for his blockbuster performances in films such as Sivaji, Enthiran, Nallavanuku Nallavan, Thalapathy, Annamalai, Sri Raghavendra, Peddarayudu, Chandramukhi, Nattukku Oru Nallavan, Darbar and Baasha. He was last seen in Darbar, which released last year. His new movie Annaatthe will premiere next month.
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