B-town stars celebrate as Rekha gets 3rd National Yash Chopra Memorial Award

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Rekha is awarded the 3rd National Yash Chopra Memorial Award at the hands of Maharashtra Governor Dr Vidyasagar Rao. Also on stage are Pamela Chopra, Shatrughan Sinha and Sushilkumar Shinde, among others. The award has been instituted by the TSR Foundation of T Subbarami Reddy in memory of the producer-director, who died in 2012. Previous winners of the award are Lata Mangeshkar and Amitabh Bachchan. Firstpost/Sachin Gokhale

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Aruna Irani also attended the event, as did Boney Kapoor and Sridevi. Other celebrity guests included Ranveer Singh, David Dhawan, Poonam Dhillon, Jaya Prada, Adnan Sami, Mohan babu and Gulshan Grover. Firstpost/Sachin Gokhale

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Rekha shares a hug with Ranveer Singh on stage as other guests look on. On receiving the award, the veteran actress said, "Am honoured to be bestowed this award in Yash ji's memory. Yash ji thought 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." Firstpost/Sachin Gokhale

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Shatrughan Sinha drapes the award shawl on Rekha. The two veteran actors starred together in several films including Khoon Bhari Maang and Jaani Dushman. Firstpost/Sachin Gokhale

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Ranveer Singh and Jaya Prada share a light moment at the event. Jaya Prada was one of the members of the Jury constituted to zero in on this year's awardee. Other members included Pamela Chopra, Simi Garewal, Boney Kapoor, Pinki Reddy and T Subbarami Reddy himself as its chairman. The Jury unanimously decided that Rekha should be the recipient of the award this year. Firstpost/Sachin Gokhale

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Maharashtra Governor Dr Vidyasagar Rao, former Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Shatrughan Sinha and Mohan babu. Firstpost/Sachin Gokhale

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Rekha and Maharashtra Governor Dr Vidyasagar Rao. Firstpost/Sachin Gokhale

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Sridevi and Rekha. Firstpost/Sachin Gokhale