Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, who is known to give award functions a miss for the past 15 years (he last attended the Oscars where his production ‘Lagaan’ was nominated in the Foreign Film category), made an exception on Monday evening when he was honoured at the 75th Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award.
Aamir Khan doesn’t attend nor collect awards. But this time around, the actor has made an exception for the one and only Lata Mangeshkar, someone Aamir admires and adores immeasurably.
Mr. perfectionist who was invited by the Nightingale of India, recently attended Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards, held to commemorate her father’s 75th death anniversary and it was also when the legendary singer started singing in films.
In the presence of the legendary songstress Lataji, Aamir Khan was presented the prestigious Vishesh Puraskar for his film ‘Dangal’, by Mohan Madhukar Bhagwat, the current Chief, of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
“It’s a huge respect that we’ve got, Nitesh Tewari – the director of Dangal and me”, said Aamir at the ceremony, in Mumbai.
“I want to thank Lata Didi, the Dinanath trust, and their entire family, for bestowing us and our film with this honour. A film starts with a writer, and the respect that we’ve got across the nation is all thanks to Nitesh’s hardwork. I have achieved success and immense love from all my fans, thanks to those writers and directors who’ve written and made my films. I accept this on behalf of my whole team,” he added.
Veteran actor Vyanjathimala was another recipient of the award. Lata was present at the occasion where former cricketer Kapil Dev was also honoured for his outstanding contribution to Indian cricket.