Maverick filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma set the cat among the pigeons when he suggested that the National Award Committee wasn’t qualified enough to give Amitabh Bachchan an award. He was quoted saying by IANS: “Amitabh Bachchan has proved his talent multiple times over the decades. I think National Award Committee is not qualified enough to give him an award.”
Earlier, megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he was “touched” when President Pranab Mukherjee mentioned him during his speech at the 63rd National Awards ceremony. Bachchan earned the best actor honour for his delightful performance as a hypochondriac father in Shoojit Sircar’s “Piku”.
The president called Bachchan “living legend” while raving about the mix of veterans and newcomers in the list of winenrs at this year’s National Awards.
“Back from Delhi and National Award! So humbled and touched, for President of India to take my name in his speech!” the 73-year-old actor tweeted. Bachchan was accompanied by his family to the ceremony.
It was his fourth National award and son Abhishek Bachchan, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, wife Jaya Bachchan and daughter Shweta Nanda turned up at the ceremony here to cheer for the actor.
With agency inputs