'Grateful and humbled': Amitabh Bachchan's first response to Dadasaheb Phalke award
The actor took to Twitter to express gratitude.
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The announcement led to a flood of congratulatory messages for the star on social media.
The septuagenarian actor, an active Twitter-user and blogger, also turned to the micro-blogging site to express gratitude, both for the honour and the wishes.
"There is a paucity of words searching a response .. for the generosity of words that pour in .. I am but deeply grateful and most humbled .. my sincerest gratitude ..," Bachchan tweeted.
T 3298 - There is a paucity of words searching a response .. for the generosity of words that pour in .. I am but… https://t.co/m9YgWWntbm— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) 1569356627000
The actor's children, actor Abhishek and write-designer Shweta, also shared their excitement and pride with emotional posts.
Shweta Bachchan-Nanda posted a picture of her father from one of his earlier films, with the caption, "Whose your Dada (Saheb Phalke) ? Uncontainable excitement, pride, tears, and general hysteria!!! Congratulations Papa."
Abhishek Bachchan, who has shared the screen with his father in several movies including 'Paa', 'Bunty aur Babli', 'Sarkar', shared the news, saying, "Overjoyed and so, so proud! #ProudSon."
Overjoyed and so, so proud! #ProudSon https://t.co/bDj4kNaVhS— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) 1569335764000
Last seen on the big screen in 'Badla', the actor is a recipient of four National Film Awards for his performances in 'Agneepath', 'Black', 'Paa' and 'Piku'.
The 76-year-old star made his Bollywood debut in 1969 with 'Saat Hindustani.'