Amitabh Bachchan Becomes the 1st Indian to Be Presented with the FIAF Award

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Avya Sharma , ten Mar 2021

Amitabh Bachchan, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur and Christopher Nolan

Amitabh Bachchan, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur and Christopher Nolan

In a virtual ceremony, which is all set to take location on March 19, megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be awarded the 2021 FIAF Award by The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). The Indian screen legend’s name was nominated by the FIAF affiliate Film Heritage Foundation, founded by filmmaker and archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur. Celebrated Hollywood filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan, who share a powerful partnership with India by means of their affiliation with the Film Heritage Foundation, will present the award to Amitabh Bachchan practically for his dedication and contribution to the preservation of the world’s film heritage. He will be the 1st Indian to get the prestigious international award. Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan have been some of the recipients of the award.

Acknowledging the international recognition, which also spotlights India on the planet stage, Amitabh Bachchan states—

I am considerably honoured to get the FIAF Award for the year 2021 for a trigger that I am deeply committed to. It was when I became the ambassador of Film Heritage Foundation in 2015, that I realized the extent of the neglect and colossal loss of our valuable film heritage and how we continue to shed extra of our legacy every single day. Recognizing the urgency of the predicament, I have been operating closely with Film Heritage Foundation because its inception to do every little thing in our energy to save our films and to develop a movement for film preservation in our element of the planet. We have to strengthen the notion that film archiving is as important as filmmaking, and I do hope that we are capable to garner additional assistance for this most important trigger from my colleagues in the film market and the government, to allow us to understand our dream for creating a centre that will preserve and showcase our magnificent film heritage.

Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Founder, Film Heritage Foundation, who was instrumental in nominating Amitabh Bachchan for the award says—

India’s record in film preservation is dismal. By 1950, India lost just about 70 per cent of its films, and of the 1338 silent films created in India, just about 29 survive, several only in fragments. Our foundation has been operating relentlessly to preserve what remains of our endangered film heritage not just in India, but in the subcontinent. This has been a trigger that has been significantly neglected in our element of the planet, and we have been fortunate adequate to delight in the unstinting assistance of our ambassador, Amitabh Bachchan, who has championed the trigger of saving our film heritage and constructively wielded his influence to amplify the trigger on a war footing in our element of the planet. This is the cause we nominated him for the award, and he was unanimously voted by all FIAF Executive Committee members to be offered the award.

Martin Scorsese adds—

Safeguarding cinema is a international trigger with champions all more than the planet. Amitabh Bachchan’s advocacy for preserving India’s film legacy has been exceptional. With a profession spanning more than 5 decades, he is a celebrated actor who has place the considerable weight of his reputation behind the trigger of film preservation in India and the whole subcontinent. I would like to thank Shivendra Singh Dungarpur and Film Heritage Foundation for nominating Amitabh Bachchan for the 2021 FIAF Award and the FIAF Executive Committee for unanimously backing this nomination. They could not have selected a extra deserving person to recognize this year.

Additional stressing the requirement to preserve our film heritage, Nolan says, “As a previous recipient of the FIAF Award, I know how crucial it is that representatives of the film market about the planet come with each other to make sure that we preserve our film heritage. I want to congratulate Amitabh Bachchan on getting the 2021 honour. As the ambassador for Film Heritage Foundation, he has played an important function in placing the trigger of film preservation on the map in India and the subcontinent.”

On the acting front, Amitabh Bachchan was final noticed in Shoojit Sircar‘s Gulabo Sitabo alongside Ayushmann Khurrana. Large B will be subsequent noticed in Rumy Jafry’s Chehre. The film also stars Emraan Hashmi. The megastar also has Ayan Mukerji‘s Brahmastra and Ajay Devgn-helmed Mayday.

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