Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, on Wednesday, attended the inaugural ceremony of the 50th edition of the Indian Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa as the guest of honour, alongside other esteemed guests Rajinikanth, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. He was felicitated for his remarkable contribution to Indian cinema, and delivered a touchy note of thanks.
Bachchan began his speech with his signature “deviyon aur sajjanon”. “I want to thank you, my janta (public). You have supported me through all my ups and downs. I have always said this, that it’s to you whom I am most indebted. I will never be able to repay that debt and I don’t even want to. I want to keep this love with me forever,” he said.
Incidentally, the actor also completes 50 years in cinema this year. The humble performer, who began in 1969 with Saat Hindustani, went on to become possibly the biggest star that Indian cinema has produced. This year, he also became the recipient of the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke awards.
“I thank you for inviting me to this ceremony and bestowing such a great honour upon me. This is due to the blessings of my parents and the contribution of directors, writers, music directors and producers why I am standing before you,” Bachchan added.
He also presented friend Rajinikanth with the Special Icon of Golden Jubilee award. In the retrospective section, a number of Bachchan’s films will also be showcased at IFFI this year.