Legendary singer Asha Bhosle was conferred with the fifth Yash Chopra Memorial Award on Friday in Mumbai. Presenting the award was veteran actor Rekha. The duo is still cherished for Umrao Jaan’s song “Dil Cheez Kya Hai”. The sight of Rekha presenting the award to Asha Bhosle was a memorable one for the onlookers as Rekha bowed down to Asha’s contribution to the Indian film industry and touched her feet. She also planted a kiss on the singer’s face leaving her with a smile.
While presenting the award, Rekha said she has a special place in her heart for Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar. Also present at the event were yesteryear beauties Padmini Kohlapure and Poonam Dhillon, actor Jackie Shroff, Parineeti Chopra, filmmaker David Dhawan among others. Yash Chopra’s wife Pamela Chopra, filmmakers Boney Kapoor, Madhur Bhandarkar, singer Alka Yagnik, actor Padmini Kohlapure, scriptwriter Honey Irani, and Anu and Shashi Ranjan were part of the award jury panel.
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On being presented with the award, Asha Bhosle also mesmerised the audience with her soothing voice. She crooned her chartbuster, “Aaage bhi jaane na tu” from 1965 film Waqt. The video was shared by one of the attendees on social media. Bhosle, 84, had an illustrious music career which spans nearly seven decades. She recorded over 11,000 songs in 20 different languages.
The Yash Chopra Memorial Award was instituted by MP T Subbarami Reddy in the memory of late filmmaker Yash Chopra who died in 2012. The award also carries a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh. Earlier, the award has been given to other eminent personalities of Bollywood including Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha and Shah Rukh Khan.
(with inputs from ANI)