Both the divas — dressed in gold saris — lit up the stage with their elegance and poise at the event, organised by T. Subbarami Reddy in association with Anu Ranjan and Shashi Ranjan, in Mumbai on Friday night. (Also Read: Asha Bhosle honoured with fifth Yash Chopra Memorial Award by Rekha)
The award includes Rs 10 lakh along with a ‘SwarnKangan’ and a trophy.
“Yashji was like my younger brother. It is unfortunate that he isn’t here anymore. I had a long association of close to 50 years with him, even before he was married. Once I complemented him on his choice of songs and melodies and told him that his ear for music has greatly improved with time,” Asha Bhosle said.
“That’s when Yashji told me, ‘I will tell you the secret of that if you won’t share it with anyone – actually my wife Pam (Pamela Chopra) decides the songs in the movies’. So I told him no wonder his taste in music has got better. It is an emotional moment for me to receive this honour in his name and I feel a tinge of sadness that he is not here to share it with me,” Asha Bhosle added.
Rekha was the chief guest at the event along with Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao, felicitated the 84-year-old singer as the fifth recipient of the award.
“I am here because of two people I love very much — and those are Yashji and Asha tai… What should I talk about Asha tai? It’s like showing light to the Sun. She is an integral part of me, that’s what I believe, but I didn’t know that when I was a child,” Rekha said.
“When I came into the industry and when she started singing for me, that’s when I realized this is what it meant to be part of somebody so beautifully… I don’t have any words to express my love and gratitude towards her,” Rekha added.
Asha Bhosle has provided vocals in several films of Rekha including Umrao Jaan and Ijaazat.
“I want to thank Asha tai for pouring the soul into my performances and for being the voice of whatever I have done in the films because without Asha tai and her feelings, I would have never been able to dance like that, to be able to sing like that and to be able to bring that look in my eyes,” Rekha said.
“I remember, Asha tai once met me at Raj Kapoor’s party and literally instructed me to perform better in songs of Umrao Jaan as she sung all my songs in that film. So when I was shooting for Dil Cheez Kya Hai or In Aankhon Ki Masti, that time I was only remembering instructions of Asha tai. So whatever you have seen of me in that film is all because of her,” Rekha said.
On the life lessons she has taken from Asha Bhonsle, Rekha said: “As a person, I learned one thing from Asha tai that irrespective of tough and good times, sail through the phase with a smiling face. I wish she lives till the time this mankind is existing.”
The event was also attended by Parineeti Chopra, Padmini Kolhapure, Poonam Dhillon, Alka Yagnik, Jackie Shroff and Jaya Prada.