Tuesday 26 January 2016

Yash Ji thought me how to love; conferred with Yash Chopra Memorial Award : Rekha

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Veteran Bollywood actress Rekha was honoured with the third Yash Chopra Memorial Award in Mumbai on January 25.

Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao presented the award to the actress in recognition of her talent and contribution to the film industry.

“I can only say that this is not the climax, this is only the best phase of my life and there is a lot more to come. What I learnt from Yash ji is that if you love someone then you should love with all your heart so that there is no scope of loving anything else,” Rekha said.

Rekha, 61, who worked with Chopra in 1981 romance “Silsila”, will be given the honour on February 2 next year by the Governor of Maharashtra in a glittering ceremony in Mumbai.

“He taught me how to love. Not only through his film I understood ‘Oh this is love’, not only it’s beautiful while talking… it’s a feeling, which cannot be seen but every one feels. That Yash ji taught me. I became a poetess in his company,” said the actress, who cut a graceful picture in a golden saree.

The award has been instituted by the TSR Foundation of T Subbarami Reddy in the memory of the producer-director, who died in 2012.

Rao said, “In mathematics you learn the concept of rekha as a line – which can extend in both directions. It has infinite potential to grow on either sides. The same way Rekha has infinite potential as an actress and human being.”

The Jury constituted to zero in on this year’s awardee comprised of such highly-regarded names as Pamela Chopra, Simi Garewal, Boney Kapoor, Jayaprada, Pinki Reddy and Reddy himself as its Chairman and they unanimously decided that the 3rd Award should go to the actress par-excellence Padma Shri Rekha Ganeshan.

The Foundation annually honours a distinguished senior film personality for outstanding contribution to film industry with a Gold Medal and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.

Veterans like Shatrughan Sinha, Sridevi, Jaya Prada, Simi Garewal, Boney Kapoor, Pam Chopra and young star Ranveer Singh, among others attended the event.

Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar and megastar Amitabh Bachchan had also been felicitated with the award.

Among the celebrity guests included Ranveer Singh, David Dhawan, Poonam Dhillon, Pamela Chopra, Jaya Prada, Adnan Sami, Mohan babu, Gulshan Grover and many others.

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