Chiranjeevi was named Indian Film Personality of the Year at the opening of the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur made the announcement at the film festival. He also congratulated the superstar on his Twitter handle.
Sharing a picture of Chiranjeevi, Anurag Thakur wrote, “Indian Film Personality @IFFIGoa..Sh Chiranjeevi Ji has had an illustrious career spanning almost four decades, with over 150 films as an actor, dancer & producer. He is immensely popular in Telugu Cinema with incredible performances touching hearts! Congratulations @KChiruTweets.”
INDIAN FILM PERSONALITY @IFFIGoa
Sh Chiranjeevi Ji has had an illustrious career spanning almost four decades, w/ over 150 films as an actor, dancer & producer.
He is immensely popular in Telegu Cinema w/ incredible performances touching hearts!
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) November 20, 2022
Chiranjeevi, 67, is widely regarded as one of India’s most successful actors. Punadhirallu, his first film, was released in 1978. Throughout his four-decade career, the megastar has received numerous awards and accolades, including 10 Filmfare awards, four Nandi awards, and the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award.
On November 20, the union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur announced Chiranjeevi as the recipient of the Indian Film Personality of the Year 2022 award at the opening ceremony of the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Following the announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate the actor and recognise his contributions to Indian cinema. While congratulating the GodFather star, Prime Minister Modi praised his versatility and diversity in his roles on the big screen.
Grand opening of the 53rd International Film Festival of India
— PIB India (@PIB_India) November 20, 2022
Veteran writer K Vijayendra Prasad was also honoured, as were actors Paresh Rawal, Ajay Devgn, Suneil Shetty, and Manoj Bajpayee. At the IFFI 2022 opening ceremony, they were all honoured with special honours.
This year’s edition also includes retrospectives on Asha Parekh, a Dadasaheb Phalke awardee, and Carlos Saura, a Spanish filmmaker.