Amitabh Bachchan was honored with the Worldwide Federation of Movie Archives (FIAF) Award 2021 on Friday night. The award was bestowed to him by iconic filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan.
Actor Amitabh Bachchan was honored with the Worldwide Federation of Movie Archives (FIAF) Award 2021 on Friday night. The award was bestowed to him by iconic filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan. He’s the primary Indian to obtain the award for his sustained efforts in the direction of the advocacy of the preservation of India’s movie heritage.
Sharing the image on Instagram, he wrote, “I’m deeply honored to have been conferred with the 2021 FIAF Award. Thanks to FIAF and to Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan for bestowing the award on me within the ceremony as we speak. Our dedication to the reason for saving India’s movie heritage is unshakeable and Movie Heritage Basis will proceed its efforts to construct a nationwide motion to avoid wasting our movies. “
Martin was all praise for the actor during the ceremony and said, “Cinema is over a century old and sadly, tragically, much of this rich and very diverse film heritage has been lost forever. Safeguarding cinema is a global cause with champions all over the world. Amitabh Bachchan’s advocacy for preserving India’s film heritage really has been exceptional. I mean, as a career spanning over five decades, he is a celebrated actor who has put the considerable weight of his reputation behind the cause of film preservation in India and actually the entire subcontinent. Film preservation, certainly being a long-time passion for me, leading up to the founding of The Film Foundation over 30 years ago and since 2007, our World Cinema Project has restored 43 films from 25 countries, making them available to you, to audiences everywhere.”
“And I have been following the growth of the preservation movement in India since the creation of the Film Heritage Foundation and we’ve supported their annual archival training initiatives. And as a result, I am well aware of the time and the effort that Amitabh has personally devoted to this cause. I mean 20 years ago, I was proud to, actually really proud, to be the first recipient of this prestigious award and I think FIAF could not have chosen a more deserving individual to recognize this year”, he further added.
Christopher Nolan remembered one of the meetings with him and said, “I had the privilege of meeting this living legend of Indian cinema a couple of years ago at an event hosted by the Film Heritage Foundation and it’s, as an ambassador for the Film Heritage Foundation, that Mr. Bachchan has done so much advocacy for the vital cause of film preservation in India. It’s for this reason that the FIAF Executive Committee unanimously voted to give Mr. Bachchan this year’s award. Mr. Bachchan, I hope that you realize the importance of everything that you have done for this vital work for the development of proper infrastructure for the preservation of India’s incredible film heritage. This is unbelievably important work and your voice, your reputation behind this cause adds so much and makes so much more possible.”