Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) award on Friday night, which was bestowed on him by filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan by way of a digital ceremony. He is the primary Indian to get this award, which honours his efforts to protect India’s movie heritage.
Scorsese and Nolan are earlier recipients of the award. In the ceremony, Scorsese mentioned the organisation “could not have chosen a more deserving candidate for the award”, whereas Nolan remembered a gathering with Bachchan a number of years in the past. “I had the privilege of meeting this living legend a few years ago,” the filmmaker mentioned, including, “You realise the importance of everything you have done for the preservation of India’s film heritage.”
Accepting the award, Bachchan mentioned he was “deeply honoured”. Wearing darkish glasses, he mentioned they weren’t a vogue alternative as a substitute his latest ‘urgent eye surgery’ necessitated that he wore them as safety.
The FIAF is a worldwide organisation, comprising movie archives and museums from the world over. Bachchan’s identify was nominated by the FIAF affiliate Film Heritage Foundation.
Bachchan additionally mentioned that it was his spouse Jaya Bachchan that introduced the organisation and the topic to his discover. “It was when I became the ambassador of Film Heritage Foundation in 2015, that I realised the extent of the neglect and colossal loss of our precious film heritage and how we continue to lose more of our legacy every day. Recognising the urgency of the situation, I have been working closely with Film Heritage Foundation since its inception to do everything in our power to save our films and to build a movement for film preservation in our part of the world,” the 78-year-old actor mentioned.