Bollywood’s legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan will be awarded the 2021 FIAF Award by The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) through a virtual ceremony which is slated to be held on. The Sholay actor’s name was reportedly nominated by the FIAF affiliate Film Heritage Foundation, founded by filmmaker and archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.
The award will be virtually presented to Amitabh by Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan, who share a long-standing relationship with India through their affiliation with the Film Heritage Foundation.
Big-B is being honoured for his dedication and contribution to the preservation of the world’s film heritage and he will be the first Indian to receive this international award.
“I am greatly honoured to receive this award for a cause that I am deeply committed to. When I became the ambassador of the Film Heritage Foundation in 2015, 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 them to do everything in our power to save our films and build a movement for film preservation in our part of the world. We must strengthen the idea that film archiving is as essential as filmmaking, and I do hope that we are able to garner further support for this cause from my colleagues in the film industry and the government, to enable us to realise our dream for building a centre that will preserve and showcase our magnificent film heritage,” said Amitabh Bachchan, speaking about the award he is set to receive this month.
Martin Scorsese (2001), Ingmar Bergman (2003) and Christopher Nolan (2017), have been some of the recipients of this honour in the past.