Amitabh Bachchan has been awarded the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award.
The actor expressed his gratitude, and posted on Twitter: 'There is a paucity of words searching a response .. for the generosity of words that pour in .. I am but deeply grateful and most humbled .. my sincerest gratitude .. कृतज्ञ हूँ मैं , परिपूर्ण , आभार और धन्यवाद ... मैं केवल एक विनयपूर्ण , विनम्र अमिताभ बच्चन हूँ'
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award was instituted in 1969, the same year that Bachchan made his acting debut with Saat Hindustani.
The Big B will complete 50 years in the industry on November 7.
Congratulations have been pouring in on social media after Bachchan was announced as the award's newest recipient.
Madhur Bhandarkar: Congratulations to the legend @amitabhbachchan Ji for the prestigious #DadaSahebPhalkeAward. You have entertained, inspired generations with your exhilarating Performances. Wishing you more success and happiness.
Rohit Roy: Congratulations to the one and only... @amitabhbachchan on being conferred the #DadaSahebPhalkeAward for his immeasurable contribution to cinema.. He re-defined hindi films in the early 70’s and continues to do so even today!! Love always, Amit ji
Vivek Oberoi: Big congratulations to the iconic Big B for winning the #DadaSahebPhalkeAward!! It's such a huge honour to be your fan @amitabhbachchan sir Hats off to your contribution to Indian Cinema Thank you for always inspiring us all! More power to you sir!
Lata Mangeshkar: Namaskar Amit ji. I am delighted to know you have been honoured with the Dadsaheb Phalke Award. Hearty congratulations to you. An award named after the Father of Indian cinema being bestowed upon the megastar of Indian cinema is a historic feat in itself.
Shoojit Sircar: @SrBachchan sir many many congratulations. Proud of you. See you soon.
Mammootty: Wishing dearest Amitji my hearty congratulations! In fact in all our eyes you deserved it much earlier. But still brings me so much joy to know you're being awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
Kirron Kher: Congratulations to Amitji for getting the #DadaSahebPhalkeAwards2019. Richly deserved. What a legend, with such an illustrious career. And still going strong. More strength to you, @amitabhbachchan Sir!
Ravi Shastri: Heartiest congratulations to Mr @SrBachchan on being selected unanimously for #DadaSahabPhalke award. Truly a master in his profession and an artist par excellence!
While the world congratulated Amitabh Bachchan, Ram Gopal Varma had another take: I have no idea on what's great about Dadasaheb becos I couldn't complete seeing his Raja Harishchandra for more than 10 mints inspite of multiple attempts and I saw ur multiple films 1O's of times..lf at all Dada saheb should be given Amitabh bachchan award.
He added, 'Majority of earlier recipients of Dada award are in no way even a match stick to u @Sr Bachchan in comparison of u as a raging fire ..So am not impressed with neither the Dada nor whoever the representative committee members who I will bet haven't seen a single film of Dada's.'