Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Friday, was honoured with the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) award by filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan via a virtual ceremony.
Big B is the first from Indian film industry to be honoured with the award for his contribution in preserving India’s film heritage. Scorsese and Nolan are previous recipients of the award. This year, filmmaker, film archivist and restorer Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, who is also the founder of Film Heritage Foundation, had nominated Amitabh for the award.
The event was live-streamed on the YouTube channel of the Film Heritage Foundation and was presided over by FIAF secretary-general Michael Loebenstein and President Frederic Maire.
During the ceremony, Scorsese said that the federation could not have chosen a more deserving individual to recognise this year. "Safeguarding cinema is a global cause with champions all over the world and Amitabh Bachchan's advocacy for preserving India's film heritage, really has been exceptional,” he said.
He added, "I'm well aware of the time and effort that Amitabh has personally devoted to this cause. The FIAF could not have chosen a more deserving individual to recognise this year."