South superstar Rajnikanth was honoured at the opening ceremony of the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which began on Wednesday, 20th November in Goa. Rajnikanth received the Icon of Golden Jubilee Award at the ceremony from Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant,Secretary of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Shri Amit Khare, Chief Secretary Government of Goa Shri Parimal Rai and Minister of State Environment, Forest and Climate Change Babul Supriyo. The official Twitter account of IFFI, sharing pictures of Rajnikanth receiving the award, tweeted, “One of the most acclaimed and influential actors in India, Shri @rajinikanth was honoured with a special award "Icon of the Golden Jubilee of IFFI."
#IFFI50 Live— IFFI 2019 (@IFFIGoa) 20 November 2019
One of the most acclaimed and influential actors in India, Shri @rajinikanth was honoured with a special award "Icon of the Golden Jubilee of IFFI"#IFFI2019@satija_amit @MIB_India @PIB_India @esg_goa pic.twitter.com/u2aa1uFKhT
Rajnikanth -- who has had successful film career for more than four decades, appearing in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi movies -- dedicated the award to all the people he has worked with throughout his illustrious career. He expressed his gratitude for the award, saying, "The honourable Chief Minister of Goa, honourable minister Prakash Javadekar ji, my inspiration Amitabh Bachchan ji, good evening to everybody. I am extremely happy to receive this prestigious International Film Festival of India's Golden Jubilee Icon award. My heartfelt thanks to Indian government for honouring me with this prestigious award and I dedicate this award to all my producers, directors and all the technicians who worked in that realm."
Shri. @rajinikanth dedicates the “Icon of Golden Jubilee of IFFI” award to all the directors, producers & crew he has had the pleasure of working throughout his illustrious career. #IFFI50 #IFFI2019 pic.twitter.com/Q48flMqayn— IFFI 2019 (@IFFIGoa) 20 November 2019
Rajinikanth made his acting debut in 1975 with K Balachandar's Apoorva Ragangal. During his 44-year career, he has worked in 206 films and received several accolades, including Padma Bhushan (2000) and Padma Vibhushan (2016). He has also shared screen space with Amitabh Bachchan in several Bollywood movies, including Andha Kanoon (1983), Geraftaar (1985) and Hum (1991). The actor will next be seen in in AR Murugadoss's upcoming film Darbar.