Superstar Shah Rukh Khan featured in some of the biggest hits helmed by filmmaker Yash Chopra and now he has been selected for an award instituted in the memory of late Bollywood legend.
The ‘Badshah of Bollywood” will receive the fourth National Yash Chopra Memorial Award, the award jury, comprising Chopra’s wife Pamela, filmmaker Boney Kapoor, Simi Garewal, Padmini Kohlapuri, Subbarami Reddy, Any and Shashi Ranjan, announced on Monday.
Explaining the reason behind choosing Shah Rukh, Pamela said that the award is to recognise stars who are either legends or legends in the making. “The award is given to those who are icons, who we know are legends like we gave to Lata Mangeshkar and Amitabh Bachchan. Last year, it was Rekha, who will be a legend tomorrow and same is the case with Shah Rukh. Also, Yash was very close to Shah Rukh and they both were extremely fond of each other,” she told reporters.
Padmini said she could only think of Shah Rukh for the award as he is not just a fantastic actor but also an extremely humble person despite attaining stardom.
“Shah Rukh is not just one of the biggest stars of our film industry but also known globally. Despite the onslaught of action heroes and actors famous in other genres, Shah Rukh has maintained his position for the longest time. Off screen, he is a very humble person. He is humility personified and very hardworking,” she said.
Chopra has been one of the most important filmmakers in Shah Rukh’s long-standing career. In the actor’s journey from being an anti-hero to reigning as the king of romance, Chopra has made an outstanding contribution in the form of films like “Darr”, “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” that he produced, “Dil Toh Pagal Hai” and “Veer Zara”.
The award ceremony will take place on February 25, next year.