Hong Kong fest to honor Bachchan

Bollywood legend will receive lifetime achievement award

HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong International Film Festival plans to honor Indian screen legend Amitabh Bachchan with a lifetime achievement award at the event's Asian Film Awards.

Organizers said in a statement late Friday the 67-year-old actor will accept the award in person at the annual prize ceremony on March 22.

Bachchan has appeared in more than 100 movies in a career spanning four decades. His recent credits include "The Last Lear," "Sarkar Raj" and "Paa."

Festival director Shaw Soo Wei said Bachchan left a mark on world cinema "with tremendous talent, a rigorous work ethic and an uncanny ability to reinvent himself."

Organizers will also present Chinese director Zhang Yimou with an award for outstanding contributions to Asian cinema.
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