At the 67th edition of the National Film Awards, superstar Rajinikanth received India's top cinema accolade, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
Rajinikanth shared images from his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on Twitter on Wednesday. In Delhi, where he was receiving the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award, he met with the country's top leaders.
While posting the images, Rajinikanth remarked, "I am glad that I met the President and Prime Minister and received their congratulatory words."
At the 67th edition of the National Film Awards, the 70-year-old icon received India's highest movie award, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. The late filmmaker K Balachander, who earned a standing ovation during the occasion, conveyed his gratitude to his father, Sathyanarayana Rao Gaikwad, and old friend Raj Bahadur.
Rajinikanth revealed that his Karnataka-based friend Raj Bahadur was the one who initially recognized his acting aptitude and persuaded him to enroll in a film school. Then, with the 1975 romance drama Apoorva Raagangal, Balachander renamed Shivaji Rao Gaekwad Rajinikanth and introduced him to the world.
Rajinikanth has remained Indian cinema's most bankable superstar for almost 45 years. And he's still redefining his on-screen persona to suit the present generation's ever-changing cinematic tastes.
Rajinikanth arrived in Chennai late Tuesday night to much acclaim. Fans had gathered outside the actor's home to meet him.
Rajinikanth is currently anticipating the premiere of his new film Annaatthe, which will be released on November 4th, coinciding with the Deepavali festival.