Indian Actor Amitabh Bachchan Honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award in Saudi Arabia

By: Michelle Liew

Veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan successfully bagged the Lifetime Achievement Award trophy at the Joy Awards 2023 in Saudi Arabia, recently, for his contribution to the Indian film industry.

Through his Instagram page, Bachchan uploaded a video of him expressing his gratitude while receiving the award.

The post also featured some clips from the 81-year-old legendary actor's film.

“My immense gratitude for your affection and care .. and for the honour ..”, the actor captioned while sharing the video.

In his speech, the artist mentioned that his visit to Saudi Arabia was the first and certainly not the last.

“I’ve always believed that cinema is a medium of entertainment, and it is a medium that brings people together and integrates human society. We come from different walks of life and come from different paths of the world, but when we watch something, we laugh at the same jokes and cry at the same things. We come together at one platform.”

“My father, a great poet - during the last days of his life, he used to watch a Hindi film every evening, sometimes repeating the same film every time. I asked him what is it that you find interesting in cinema. He said that I get poetic justice in three hours. You and I won’t get poetic justice in a lifetime or several lifetimes. That’s the power of cinema. I’m proud to be a very small part of the film industry of my country. When you honour me today, you honour the film industry of my country, you honour my country,” he further added.

Amitabh also expressed his pride in having the opportunity to be a small part of the film industry community in India.

At the event, Amitabh was also accompanied by his family members including Shweta Bachchan Nanda and Abhishek Bachchan.