"Talking about Yashji would be like 'chota muh badi baat'... what can we say about him? I'd like to definitely state that he taught me how to love. Not just by watching his films (did) I understand 'Oh, this is love', not just by speaking or watching that there is beauty and a very tender emotion, but a feeling that is invisible which every person definitely feels it - that Yashji taught me," Rekha said in her speech after accepting the award.

It was Rekha's turn to receive an award after she is usually the one who is seen presenting awards to the best actor or actress. On this, she said, "I've always maintained that it's more important for me to give than to receive. I guess I gave my share of the only thing I know of, that is love."

Rekha had acted in Chopra's films such as 'Faasle' and 'Silsila' starring Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, both of which were strong love stories.

"Being in Yashji's company, I have become a 'shayar', I've written one 'sher'. He inspired me and taught me this," she added and then recited the couplet as well as one of her dialogues which had been written by Gulzar.

Previous recipients include Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar and megastar Amitabh Bachchan.


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