Bollywood playback doyenne Asha Bhosle will be given the ‘Yash Chopra Memorial Award’, the jury announced on Saturday. She will be the fifth winner of the award.
Previous recipients are Asha Bhosale’s elder sister and Bollywood playback singer Lata Mangeshkar, and actors Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, and Shah Rukh Khan. Evergreen Asha Bhosle has been giving playback in Hindi films for nearly seven decades, earning her an entry into the Guinness World Records for recording over 11,000 songs in 20 different languages.
The jury comprising late filmmaker Yash Chopra’s wife Pamela Chopra, filmmaker Boney Kapoor, singer Alka Yagnik, actress Padmini Kohlapure, director Madhur Bhandarkar, scriptwriter Honey Irani, and Anu and Shashi Ranjan came together for a press conference to announce the winner. “This is a very prestigious award. It is given to the (one of the) pillars of our industry. This is the 5th year and the jury decided it is high time we acknowledge Ashaji’s contribution to the Indian cinema,” said Alka Yagnik.