Vastavam web: Legendary singer Asha Bhosle has received the fifth Yash Chopra Memorial Award.Bhosle was honoured here last night by yesteryear diva Rekha and the actor credited the legendary singer and Chopra for making her a big star in Hindi film industry.”Initially I used to be afraid of her, as on her own songs, I had to perform on-screen and express it all through my eyes. What I have learnt from her is to keep smiling all the time. May you live long,” Rekha said, before presenting the award to Bhosle.
The previous recipients of the award are Lata Mangeshkar, megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, and superstar Shah Rukh Khan.Remembering her first meeting with Chopra, Bhosle, said, she was introduced to the director by B R Chopra.”He was like a brother to me. We used to joke around a lot. He used to sit for recording. I had worked in a film called ‘Mai’, I was blackmailed to do the film, he (Chopra) did the clapping for me, I was initially scared as he had directed 22 films but it all turned out to be good at the end,” she added.
The event was also attended by Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Alka Yagnik, Jackie Shroff, Parineeti Chopra, Poonam Dhillon, Jaya Prada among others.