Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan , who was conferred with the ‘Indian Film Personality of the Year Award’ at the closing ceremony of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Tuesday, has described the evening as one that he shall never forget. thanked Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, who presented the megastar with the Indian Film Personality of the Year at the 48th International Film Festival of India.
In his award acceptance speech at the closing ceremony of the 2017 edition of the International Film Festival of India, Amitabh shared how cinema is one of the most worthy examples of unity and integration in a fast and disintegrating world like ours. “I have always felt that my respect and regard for the Indian film industry has rested in the presence that the film industry has had in our world. When we sit inside a darkened hall, we never ask for caste, creed, colour or the religion of the person sitting next to us is,” he said.
“Yet, we see the same film, we laugh at the same jokes, we cry at the same emotion, we sing the same songs. In this fast disintegrating world of today, where can you find such a wonderful and worthy example of unity and integration as you do in the world of cinema,” he asked.
Citing a cinema-related anecdote involving his father and great Hindi poet Harivanshrai Bachchan, Amitabh said: “I once asked my father what do you getting watching films on TV every evening. He said: ‘I get to see poetic justice in three hours. You and I will see poetic justice in perhaps a lifetime’.”
The star, 75, also shared a photograph from the event, where Irani and actor Akshay Kumar were presenting him with the award.
Irani on Tuesday feted Amitabh with the Indian Film Personality of the Year award in Panaji.
The cine icon was presented the Indian Film Personality of the Year award, which includes a silver peacock, a certificate a scroll and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.
Even Sidharth Malhotra was happy to be in Amitabh’s company.
“An actor, a gentleman, an inspiration that transcends generations. There is only one Amitabh Bachchan! I feel blessed to be an actor in the same era as you sir. Today’s performance was a small thank you from your biggest fan, love you sir,” Sidharth, who performed on some of Big B’s songs here, tweeted.