- Rajinikanth will be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award
- Mohanlal, Kamal Haasan and Dhanush are elated
- Prakash Javadekar announced the award
South megastar Rajinikanth, who will be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019, has been receiving congratulatory messages on social media for his big win. Big stars such as Mohanlal, Kamal Haasan, Chiranjeevi Konidela and Mahesh Babu congratulated him on Twitter. Mohanlal, who was one of the jury members in the selection committee of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award along with many other celebrities, congratulated him on Twitter. Mohanlal posted a picture of Rajinikanth on Twitter and called his win "well-deserved recognition" in his tweet. He wrote, "Well-deserved recognition, Congratulations dear Rajinikanth sir for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award #DadasahebPhalkeAward."
See Mohanlal's tweet here:
Kamal Haasan also congratulated his "dear friend" Rajinikanth on the microblogging platform for the award. He tweeted, "The superstar and my dear friend Rajinikanth, who proved that fans can be won by screen appearances, deserves it 100 per cent." Kamal Haasan has worked with Rajinikanth in films such as Apoorva Raagangal, Moondru Mudichu, 16 Vayathinile and Thillu Millu.
உயரிய விருதான தாதா சாகேப் பால்கே விருது உச்ச நட்சத்திரமும் என் மனதிற்கு இனிய நண்பருமான ரஜினிகாந்திற்கு அறிவிக்கப்பட்டிருப்பது பெரும் மகிழ்வளிக்கிறது. திரையில் தோன்றுவதன் மூலமே ரசிகர்களை வென்றெடுத்துவிட முடியும் என்பதை நிரூபித்த ரஜினிக்கு இந்த விருது 100% பொருத்தம்.— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) April 1, 2021
Chiranjeevi Konidela called Rajinikanth "truly deserving" for the award in his tweet. Chiranjeevi wrote, "Elated at the announcement of the prestigious #DadaSahebPhalke Award to my dear friend Rajinikanth. Truly deserving. Your contributions to the film industry are immense my friend! Hearty congratulations! May the force be with you!"
Elated at the announcement of the prestigious #DadaSahebPhalke Award to my dear friend @rajinikanth Truly deserving.Your contributions to the film industry are immense my friend! Hearty congratulations! May the force be with you!! pic.twitter.com/OmU4mVQDhz— Chiranjeevi Konidela (@KChiruTweets) April 1, 2021
Mahesh Babu wrote that Rajinikanth's contribution to cinema is "unparalleled". He wrote, "Congratulations Rajinikanth sir on being awarded the #DadasahebPhalkeAward! Your contribution to cinema is unparalleled! Truly an inspiration."
Actors such as Prithviraj Sukumaran, Venkatesh Daggubati, Radikaa Sarathkumar, Ravi Teja and Simran also posted congratulatory messages for Rajinikanth on Twitter.
See their tweets here:
My hearty congratulations to the Thalaiva shri @rajinikanth gaaru for being conferred the 51st Dadasaheb Palke Award! ????????????— Venkatesh Daggubati (@VenkyMama) April 1, 2021
Another feather on the cap for #Thalaivar! ???? Congrats #Rajini sir on being honored with the prestigious #DadasahebPhalkeAward. An inspiration for all to strive for excellence. God bless you...#Thalaivaa#Rajinikanth#DadasahebPhalkeRajinikanthpic.twitter.com/MMCA5A0OXN— Simran (@SimranbaggaOffc) April 1, 2021
Rajinikanth's son-in-law Dhanush also reacted to the news. Dhanush retweeted a note written by Rajinikanth and dropped a few heart emojis and awestruck emojis in his tweet.
Rajinikanth poured his heart out in his thank-you note written in Tamil. In his note, the megastar expressed gratitude towards the honour and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on the platform. Rajinikanth also thanked his close ones, friends from the industry, media, film technicians in his note.
Here's his tweet:
???????? pic.twitter.com/WwOHRNhLwF— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) April 1, 2021
"My heartfelt thanks to the Government of India, respected and dearest Narendra Modi ji, Prakash Javadekar ji and the jury for conferring upon me the prestigious #DadasahebPhalkeAward. I sincerely dedicate it to all those who have been a part of my journey. Thanks to the almighty," Rajinikanth wrote in his other tweet.
My heartfelt thanks to the government of india, respected & dearest @narendramodi ji, @PrakashJavdekar ji and the jury for conferring upon me the prestigious #DadasahebPhalkeAward I sincerely dedicate it to all those who have been a part of my journey. Thanks to the almighty— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) April 1, 2021
On Thursday morning, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the news. He tweeted, "Happy to announce Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019 to one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema...Rajinikanth ji. His contribution as actor, producer and screenwriter has been iconic."
Happy to announce #Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2019 to one of the greatest actors in history of Indian cinema Rajnikant ji— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) April 1, 2021
His contribution as actor, producer and screenwriter has been iconic
I thank Jury @ashabhosle@SubhashGhai1@Mohanlal@Shankar_Live#BiswajeetChatterjeepic.twitter.com/b17qv6D6BP
Apart from Mohanlal, celebrities such as Asha Bhosle, Subhash Ghai, Shankar Mahadevan and Biswajeet Chatterjee were also a part of the jury.
Born Shivaji, Rajinikanth made his debut with the Tamil filmApoorva Raagangal in 1975. He was last seen in the 2020 movie Darbar. The megastar is now gearing up for Annaatthe, which will release next year.