Legendary actor Rajinikanth has been awarded with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2021 and the official announcement regarding it was made, this morning (April 1). Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Information & Broadcasting, made the big announcement, revealing that the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award will be conferred upon Rajinikanth. This award is presented to him for his achievements in the film industry in the last 40 years. Minister Prakash Javadekar also posted a tweet regarding the same. His tweet read, "Happy to announce #Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2019 to one of the greatest actors in history of Indian cinema Rajnikant ji. His contribution as actor, producer and screenwriter has been iconic. I thank Jury @ashabhosle @SubhashGhai1 @Mohanlal @Shankar_Live #BiswajeetChatterjee".

From what we see through his tweet, it looks like the Jury members who've picked Rajinikanth as the winner of this year's Dadasaheb Phalke Award are, Mohanlal, Asha Bhosle, Shankar Mahadevan, Subhash Ghai, and Biswajeet Chatterjee. Wishes have been pouring in for Superstar Rajinikanth from all quarters and we at Galatta Media also extend our heartfelt wishes to the legendary actor on this lifetime achievement. It is indeed a proud moment for Tamil cinema and the fans have already started the celebrations on social media. Rajinikanth is already a recipient of Padma Bhushan (2000) and Padma Vibhushan (2016) and Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the latest honour for the legend.

Actor - Politician Kamal Haasan, who happens to be a close friend of Rajinikanth, took to his Twitter page to congratulate the Kabali actor on the honour. Kamal tweeted, "உயரிய விருதான தாதா சாகேப் பால்கே விருது உச்ச நட்சத்திரமும் என் மனதிற்கு இனிய நண்பருமான ரஜினிகாந்திற்கு அறிவிக்கப்பட்டிருப்பது பெரும் மகிழ்வளிக்கிறது. திரையில் தோன்றுவதன் மூலமே ரசிகர்களை வென்றெடுத்துவிட முடியும் என்பதை நிரூபித்த ரஜினிக்கு இந்த விருது 100% பொருத்தம்". Several other leading filmmakers, producers, actors, and technicians from the film industry are sending their best wishes to Rajinikanth.

On the acting front, Superstar will next be seen in Annaatthe, which is directed by Siva and produced by Kalanithi Maran's Sun Pictures. Annaatthe is touted to be a rural action entertainer that will be catered to the family audiences. According to reports, Annaatthe is a story about the relationship between a brother and a sister and it is going to be interesting to see Rajinikanth in a film of this style. The film features an ensemble star cast that includes the likes of Khushbu Sundar, Meena, Keerthy Suresh, Nayanthara, Prakash Raj, Soori, Sathish, and others.