Mumbai: Amitabh Bachchan was honored with the prestigious International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) award by Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan on March 19 via a virtual ceremony. The legendary actor is the first Indian actor to have been honoured with the award. He was recognised for his contribution in preserving India’s film heritage. Scorsese and Nolan are some previous recipients of the award.
Amitabh Bachchan was nominated by filmmaker, film archivist and restorer Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, the founder of the Film Heritage Foundation. The event was live-streamed on the channel of, Film Heritage Foundation and was presided over by the FIAF secretary General, Michael Lobenstein and president Frederic Maire.
Nolan and Scorsese heaped praises over, Big B. Scorsese, the first recipient of the award stated that, the federation could not have chosen a more better deserving individual to recognize this year. He further stated that, “Safeguarding cinema is a global cause with champions all over the world and Amitabh Bachchan’s advocacy for preserving India’s film heritage, really has been exceptional.” Christopher Nolan remembered meeting Mr.Bachchan back at Mumbai in 2018. He said,”I had the privilege of meeting this living legend a few years ago. [Film preservation] is unbelievably important work and your voice, your reputation behind this cause adds so much and makes so much more possible. For all these reasons, I just want to express my gratitude, and the gratitude of FIAF and everybody involved with this award, for everything you’ve done so far, and for everything that you will do in the future.”
Mr.Bachchan took to twitter for sharing his happiness after receiving the award. He shared photos of himself with the award and wrote. “Deeply honoured to have been conferred the 2021 FIAF Award. Thank you FIAF, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan for bestowing the award on me in the ceremony today. Modern technology be praised. Connected virtually to rest of the World simultaneously (sic).”