Veteran Bollywood actor Rekha was honoured with the Yash Chopra Memorial Award on 25 January, Monday evening, in Mumbai, for her contribution to the film industry.
The award has been instituted by the T.S.R. Foundation of T Subbarami Reddy in memory of the producer-director, who passed away in 2012.
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"Am honoured to be bestowed this award in Yash ji's memory. Yash ji taught me how to love and I am eternally grateful for the memories and films that I have had the privilege to be a part of. 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.
The Foundation annually honours a distinguished senior film personality for outstanding contribution to the film industry with a Gold Medal and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.
Rekha, 61, who worked with Chopra in the 1981 romance Silsila, will be given the honour on February 2 next year by the Governor of Maharashtra in a glittering ceremony in Mumbai.
The previous recipients include Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar and megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
The Jury constituted to zero in on this year's awardees comprised 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.