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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is set to receive Indian cinema’s coveted ‘Dada Saheb Phalke Award’, and his millions of fans are registering their excitement on social media

    Indian Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that actor Amitabh Bachchan is getting the most prestigious Indian movie award, the Dada Saheb Phalke prize.

    The legendary actor has starred in nearly 200 movies over 50 years.

    The actor who systematically numbers his tweets took to his Twitter handle and shared an emotional tweet number 3,298 with his 38.6 million followers.

    Amitabh’s tweet has gathered nearly 45,000 likes and 3,500 re-tweets on the social media platform.

    Congratulatory messages from fans have been pouring in since Tuesday evening. Some fans recalled how Amitabh survived a near fatal accident on the set of one of his movies back in 1982.

    The actor’s children – Shweta Nanda and actor Abhishek Bachchan congratulated him on his achievement, expressing how proud and overjoyed they were.

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    Whose your Dada (Saheb Phalke) ? Uncontainable excitement, pride, tears, and general hysteria!!! Congratulations Papa ♥️

    A post shared by S (@shwetabachchan) on

     

    Bollywood bosses, many of whom claim to have joined the film industry to follow in the footsteps of Bachchan, also expressed their excitement at the news.

    In his illustrious career, Amitabh has won four National Film Awards for Best Actor. He last won it for his 2015 film, Piku in which he shared the screen with Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan.

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