Legendary singer Asha Bhosle was conferred with the fifth Yash Chopra Memorial Award on Friday in Mumbai. Presenting the award was another legend of Bollywood, 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 became 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.