Jaya Bachchan

Jaya Bachchan

Jaya will be presented with the Master Deenanath (Vishesh Puraskar) Award,  for her dedicated services to Indian theater and cinema on the death anniversary of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar.

Legendary playback singer Lata Mangeshkar will confer the Deenanath Mangeshkar Award to veteran actress Jaya Bachchan on April 24.

Jaya played the role of a rising playback singer in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Abhimaan, modelled on Mangeshkar.

Master Deenanath Award, instituted in the name of Lata’s father, recognizes service in the field of music and films.

On April 24, veteran musicians, artists, actors, dramatists and social workers will be given the award, which consists of memento and cash prize of Rs 1,01,001. Suresh Wadkar and Vandana Gupte will be rewarded for their contribution to Marathi theater and cinema.

The 83-year-old singer is known to be a great fan of cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar and when asked why he has never been honored with the Deenanath Mangeshkar award, she said, “This is because as of we have not given awards in the category of sports. But we would definitely like to give an award to him.”

(Source: PTI)