My dear friend from the 70's yaane ki Thalaiva Rajinikant alias Sivaji Rao Gaekwad has done it.
After having struggled from his early days and making it a rags to riches story after working as a coolie and bus conductor in Bangalore- Jyothi Venkatesh
Prakash Javadekar, our I & B Minister has declared the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award in Cinema will go to none other than Rajinikant
Rajinikant not only made it big as a superstar in Tamil films where he had made his bow with K. Balachander's Apoorva Ragangal but has nagged the highest honor in Cinema in our country.
Yes, Prakash Javadekar, our I & B Minister has today declared that this year the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award in Cinema will go to none other than Rajinikant.
Rajinikant rightly deserves this award. Like my dear film journalist colleague Indra Mohan Pannu puts it rightly, the government of India ought to be patted on its back (read Mr Modi) for doing the right thinking and bestowing on an actor like Rajinikant this award instead of waitimg till he turns the ripe age of 90 and giving him the award when he is sitting on a wheelchair at the fag end of his life.
Didn't it happen with great actors like Raj Kapoor and Pran who were bestowed with the Dadasaheb Phalke award when they were nearly on their deathbeds?
Three cheers for Rajinikant my good old friend with whom I used to drink at his Channai bungalow to our heart's content when Rajinikamt was in his 40's and ruling the roost in Tamil Cinema as the Monarch who used to call the shots way back in the 70's and 80's before he had quit not only smoking a but also drinking his favorite brand of whisky.
En Vaazhthukkal Thalaiva. The Jury which was appointed by the Ministyer comprised of eminent celebrities like playback singer Asha Bhosle, super star Mohanlal, actor Biswajeet Chatterjee, eminent playback sinegr and music director Shankar Mahadevan and last but not the least filmmaker Subhash Ghai who chose Rajinikant for the honor.