Rekha honoured with 3rd National Yash Chopra Memorial Award

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Who: Rekha
Where: Mumbai
What: Honoured with 3rd National Yash Chopra Memorial Award
When: 25 January 2016

Veteran Bollywood actress Rekha on 25 January 2016 was honoured with the third Yash Chopra Memorial Award in Mumbai.

Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao presented the award to the actress in recognition of her talent and contribution to the film industry.

About Rekha

The actress was born on 10 October 1954 as Bhanu Rekha Ganesan in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

She started her career in 1966 as a child actress in the Telugu filmRangula Ratnam.

Her film debut as a lead happened with Sawan Bhadon in 1970.

She has won three Filmfare Awards, two for Best Actress and one for Best Supporting Actress, for her roles in Khubsoorat, Khoon Bhari Maang and Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, respectively.

Her portrayal of a classical courtesan in Umrao Jaan won her the National Film Award for Best Actress.

In 2010, she was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

About National Yash Chopra Memorial Award

The National Yash Chopra Memorial Award was instituted by the TSR Foundation of T Subbarami Reddy in the memory of the producer-director Yash Chopra, who died in 2012.

The Foundation annually honours a distinguished senior film personality for outstanding contribution to film industry with a Gold Medal and a cash prize of 10 lakh rupees.

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