Bollywood Current Affairs - 2020

Amitabh Bachchan to get Dadasaheb Phalke Award – 2018

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured with India’s highest award in cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2018. He will be conferred the prestigious film honour for his ‘outstanding contribution for the growth and development of Indian cinema’. The award comes in the year that marks Amitabh Bachchan’s golden jubilee (50 years) in cinema. The announcement in this regard was made by Minister of Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar.

About Amitabh Bachchan

He made his debut in 1969 with film ‘Saat Hindustani’.

For past five decades he is one of the most influential figures in Indian cinema.


He has also been honoured with Padma Shri (1984), Padma Bhushan (2001) and Padma Vibhushan (2015).

In 2007, the French Government conferred upon him with France’s highest civilian honour- ‘the Knight of the Legion of Honour’, for his exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond.

He has also been conferred with 4 national awards and 15 filmfare trophies.

About Dadasaheb Phalke Award

It is country’s highest film honour. It was introduced by government in 1969.

The award was founded to commemorate ‘father of Indian cinema’, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke. He directed Raja Harischandra (1913), India’s first feature film.

In 2018, at 65th National Awards, Vinod Khanna was posthumously honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2017 for his priceless contribution to cinema.

First Recipient: Devika Rani, ‘the first lady of Indian cinema’.

Prize: Award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus), a shawl and a cash prize of Rs.10 Lakh.

Gully Boy selected as India’s official entry to Oscars 2020

Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt starrer Gully Boy has been announced India’s official entry to the Oscars. The movie is a musical drama that revolves around a young man from Mumbai who uses rap music to break free from his situations. It earned around 134 crore rupees in February alone. It was directed by Zoya Akhtar.

About Oscar

The Academy award was first held in 1929. Each year an Oscar statuette made of gold – plated bronze is awarded to the winners. However, today it is being made of nickel silver, plated in very little copper mixed in 24 – carat gold.

The name ‘Oscar’ was coined by the director of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Margaret Herrick. The statue is 34.3 cm tall and weighs 3.856 kg. The model for the statue was a Mexican actor. It was sculpted by Cedric Gibbons.

India and Oscar

India has been submitting films to the award under the foreign film category since 1957. The movie Mother India was the first submission in 1957. India received its first Oscar in 1982. Bhanu Athaiya won the award for the best costume designer. So far only 5 Indians have won the award. They are as follows

  • Bhanu Athaiya – Best Costume Design – Movie: Gandhi, 1982
  • Satyajit Ray – Honorary award in 1992
  • Gulzar – Best song – Movie: Slumdog Millionaire, 2008
  • A R Rahman – Best score – Movie: Slumdog Millionaire, 2008
  • Resul Pookutty – Best sound mixing – Movie: Slumdog Millionaire, 2008
Ownership of the statuettes

The winners or their heirs can sell the statuettes only to the academy for 1 USD. An agreement is signed between the winner and the academy every year to maintain the trend.