The award was bestowed on him by iconic filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan via a virtual ceremony.
Amitabh Bachchan accepting the FIAF Award 2021 from Shivendra Singh Dungarpur. Picture courtesy/PR
Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with the prestigious International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) Award 2021 this evening, which was bestowed on him by iconic filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan via a virtual ceremony. He is the first Indian to receive this coveted award for his sustained efforts towards the advocacy of the preservation of India’s film heritage.
FIAF is a worldwide organization, comprising film archives and museums from across the world. The 78-year-old actor’s name was nominated by the FIAF affiliate Film Heritage Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded by filmmaker and archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, dedicated to the preservation, restoration, documentation, exhibition, and study of India’s film heritage.
In the ceremony, Scorsese who was all praise for Bachchan stated, “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. And I would like to thank Shivendra Singh Dungarpur and the Film Heritage Foundation for nominating Amitabh for the 2021 FIAF award and the FIAF Executive Committee who unanimously backed this nomination. 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.”