Actor Rajinikanth was conferred with the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award on 25 October 2021. He received the prestigious award from Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu for his stupendous contribution to Indian cinema.


  1. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019 was to be announced last year but was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  2. The prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke, awarded for excellence in cinematic achievement, is the highest honour in film and is awarded by the government.
  3. The recipient of the 2018 award was actor Amitabh Bachchan, who shared screen space with Rajinikanth in the 1991 action-drama Hum.
  4. Rajinikanth is also the recipient of Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award of the Republic of India.
  5. He made his debut in 1975 with K Balachander's Apoorva Ragangal and has completed more than 45 years in the Tamil film industry.