Legends to Legend: Scorsese, Nolan to confer senior Bachchan with FIAF Award 2021
Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan will be awarded during a virtual showcase on March 19.
Bollywood legend, actor Amitabh Bachchan will be conferred upon with the prestigious 2021 FIAF Award by the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). He will be awarded during a virtual showcase on March 19.
"I am greatly honoured to receive the FIAF Award for the year 2021, for a cause that I am deeply committed to. We must strengthen the idea that film archiving is as essential as filmmaking, and I do hope that we are able to garner further support for this most essential cause from my colleagues in the film industry and the government, to enable us to realise our dream for building a centre that will preserve and showcase our magnificent film heritage," said Bachchan.
The 78-year-old veteran’s name was nominated by the FIAF affiliate Film Heritage Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation founded by filmmaker and archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur. The organisation is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, documentation, exhibition, and study of India's film heritage.
"We have been fortunate enough to enjoy the unstinting support of our ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, who has championed the cause of saving our film heritage, and constructively wielded his influence to amplify the cause on a war footing in our part of the world. This is the reason we nominated him for the award, and he was unanimously voted by all FIAF members," he said.
Previous recipients of the award, Filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan, will give the award to Big B. The honour recognises his dedication and contribution to the preservation of and access to the world's film heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.
The actor has won numerous accolades in his career, including four National Film Awards. He's been recognised on international platforms and has received many awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies. He has won fifteen Filmfare Awards and is one of the most nominated performers in any major acting category at Filmfare.
"Amitabh Bachchan's advocacy for preserving India's film legacy has been exceptional. With a career spanning over five decades, he is a celebrated actor who has put the considerable weight of his reputation behind the cause of film preservation in India and the entire subcontinent. They could not have chosen a more deserving individual to recognise this year," said The Wolf of Wall Street director.
"As a past recipient of the FIAF Award, I know how imperative it is that representatives of the film industry around the world come together to ensure that we preserve our film heritage. I want to congratulate Amitabh Bachchan on receiving the 2021 honour. As the ambassador for Film Heritage Foundation, he has played an essential role in putting the cause of film preservation on the map in India and the subcontinent," said the director of The Dark Knight.
Among the 50 best movies of the legendary actor, IMDB has named - Black, Deewaar, Don, Agneepath and Paa - on top of the list.
(With Inputs from IANS)