"I am grateful that even at this age, I still get to do some wonderful interpretations of different kind of roles that directors write for me. Thank you so much," he said while receiving the honour at NDTV Indian of the Year Awards. The 'Piku' star was accompanied by his wife Jaya, daughter Shweta and son Abhishek on stage.
Jaya, who has worked with Amitabh in films like 'Chupke Chupke', 'Abhimaan', 'Mili' and 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham', said she always knew her husband would make it big one day.
"I don't know whether I thought he will change or redefine the scenario of Hindi film industry but I always knew he had the talent to be one of the best actors of the country," she said.
Abhishek said Big B is the world's best father and that is what matters to him more than anything else.
"We never looked upon him as a megastar. He has always been Paa for us and I think it's a greater achievement than he has. I think he is the world's best father," Abhishek said.
Amitabh started his career in 1969 film 'Saat Hindustani' followed by 'Anand', 'Guddi', 'Zanjeer', 'Sholay' among others. He also made his Hollywood debut with Baz Luhrmann's film 'The Great Gatsby', in which he played a Jewish character.
The 'Wazir' star will be next seen in Sujoy Ghosh-produced 'TE3N' opposite Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
(With inputs from agencies)