Responding to the news, the 68-year-old took to Twitter to express gratitude.
"I thank the government of India for this prestigious honour bestowed upon me on the golden jubilee of the International film festival of India 🙏🏻#IFFI2019," the 'Kaala' star wrote.
I thank the government of India for this prestigious honour bestowed upon me on the golden jubilee of the Internati… https://t.co/4MsSl37atD— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) 1572675971000
The festival will be held in Goa from November 20 to 28 with close to 250 films from various countries scheduled to be screened at the event.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, during the past several decades, I am happy to ann… https://t.co/LeUPcZq3gK— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) 1572673067000
Javadekar also announced celebrated French actor Isabelle Huppert as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Happy to announce that Life Time Achievement Award for a 'Foreign Artiste' will be conferred on French Actress Isab… https://t.co/RvIcDSgGw0— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) 1572673309000
In its golden jubilee year, the festival will screen 50 films by 50 female filmmakers to acknowledge the contribution of women in cinema, Javadekar said.
International Film Festival in Goa #IFFIGoa50 will showcase 50 films of 50 women directors #IFFIGoa2019 #IFFIGoldenJubileeEdition— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) 1572673528000
Russia will be the partner country at the festival this year.
Eight films featuring Amitabh Bachchan - this year's recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award - will also be showcased at the fest.
From 'Kaala' To 'Sivaji', Every Time Rajinikanth Made Good Win Over Evil
Produced by Dhanush, the film also stars Nana patekar, Huma Qureshi, and tells the story of a Mumbai slumlord. Set in Dharavi, Rajini as Karikaalan fights politicians for the rights of oppressed Tamils in maximum city.
But this isn't the first time that the superstar has decided to do a film with political undertones and the good-over-evil message.
Here are some others:
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1 Comment on this Story
Prakash Ramiah361 days ago
Tamil nadu politics and 2021 state general elections grand preview or rehersal or teeser.who is pushing whom bjp to rajini or rajini to bjp. Tamilnadu entering politics thru cinema is grand success anna,mgr,karunanidhi madam jayalalitha ,now kamal and rajni in waiting list.