After Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar, star of millennium Amitabh Bachchan became the second recipient to receive the prestigious 2nd Yash Chopra memorial award. Dedicated to the memory of the late producer-director, the Yash Chopra Memorial Award has been instituted by the TSR Foundation of T. Subbarami Reddy.
Announcing the award an elated T. Subbarami Reddy briefing the media said, “The award is given to deserving and prominent figures from the Indian cinema for their outstanding contributions in diverse fields. This year the jury members unanimously decided Amitabh Bachchan as he definitely deserves the award.”
SimiGarewal, the eminent Bollywood actress and member of jury candidly confessed, “As a jury, when we were thinking about Amitabh Bachchan for this award, we didn't even have to catch a breath. Everyone was unanimous of the fact that he is deserved it."
Amitabh Bachchan will be conferred the award in December this year, the date hasn't been decided yet. The award consists of a gold medal and prize money Rs. 10 lakhs.
The award is quite apt for Big B because Amitabh Bachchan besides having dedicated his entire life to Indian film industry shared a warm relation with Yash Chopra. It was with Yash Chopra, who gave Bachchan some of his most memorable hits like DEEWAAR (1975), KABHI KABHIE (1976), TRISHUL (1978), KAALA PATTHAR (1979), SILSILA (1981).
In fact it was Yash Chopra who dared to change Amitabh Bachchan’s angry man image into a romantic poet in KABHI KABHIE and SILSILA.