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The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest honour that can be awarded in Indian cinema. It is presented annually by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The Award is given to a personality for their outstanding performance and contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema. Recently Amitabh Bachchan was unanimously selected as the recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

Amitabh Bachchan has been a superstar for over four decades, and has over 180 films in his filmography including legends like Sholay, Deewar, Anand, Zanjeer, Amar Akbar Anthony, Coolie, Hum among many others. He has won four National Awards, for Agneepath (1990), Black (2005), Paa (2009) and Piku (2015). He has also been awarded the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and Padma Vibhushan in 2015.

The award was instituted in honour of the legendary film producer-director Dadasaheb Phalke, also known as Father of Indian cinema, in 1969. Many consider this to be the highest award in cinema.

The first recipient of the award was actress Devika Rani, who was honoured at the 17th National Film Awards. As of 2017, there have been 49 awardees. Among those, actor Prithviraj Kapoor (1971) and actor Vinod Khanna (2017) are the only posthumous recipients. Kapoor's actor-filmmaker son, Raj Kapoor, accepted the award on his behalf at the 19th National Film Awards in 1971 and was himself a recipient in 1987 at the 35th National Film Awards ceremony. Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy (1974) and Bommireddy Nagi Reddy (1986); Raj Kapoor (1987) and Shashi Kapoor (2014); Lata Mangeshkar (1989) and Asha Bhosle (2000) along with Baldev Raj Chopra (1998) and Yash Chopra (2001) are the siblings who have won the award.

The most recent recipient of the award is actor Amitabh Bachchan who will be honoured at the 66th National Film Awards ceremony.