Ranbir Singh felicitates veteran actress Rekha during the 3rd Yash Chopra Memorial award which was conferred to her in Mumbai, Jan. 25. (Mitesh Bhuvad | PTI)

Ranbir Singh felicitates veteran actress Rekha during the 3rd Yash Chopra Memorial award which was conferred to her in Mumbai, Jan. 25. (Mitesh Bhuvad | PTI)

Veteran Bollywood actress Rekha was honored with the third Yash Chopra Memorial Award in Mumbai, Jan. 25. Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao presented the award to the actress in recognition of her talent and contribution to the film industry. (@Siliconeer, #Siliconeer, #Bollywood, #Rekha, #YashChopraMemorialAward)


Sridevi at the 3rd Yash Chopra Memorial award, which was conferred to veteran actress Rekha (r) in Mumbai, Jan. 25. (Mitesh Bhuvad | PTI)

Sridevi at the 3rd Yash Chopra Memorial award, which was conferred to veteran actress Rekha (r) in Mumbai, Jan. 25. (Mitesh Bhuvad | PTI)

I take this award not just as a validation but something of a reminder to say that the curtains have not fallen yet.

There is still the best to come in the near future. It is reminder to do better than the best, better than ever before.

It’s not my last chapter, but best chapter,” Rekha said.

Veteran actress Rekha at the 3rd Yash Chopra Memorial award, which was conferred to her in Mumbai, Jan. 25. (Mitesh Bhuvad | PTI)

Veteran actress Rekha at the 3rd Yash Chopra Memorial award, which was conferred to her in Mumbai, Jan. 25. (Mitesh Bhuvad | PTI)

The 61-year-old actress, who worked with Chopra in 1981 romance “Silsila,” said the filmmaker taught her the meaning of love through his work.

“He taught me how to love. Not only through his film I understood ‘Oh this is love,’ not only it’s beautiful while talking… it’s a feeling, which cannot be seen but every one feels. That Yash ji taught me. I became a poetess in his company,” said the actress, who cut a graceful picture in a golden saree.

Jaya Prada, T. Subbarami Reddy, Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao, Shatrughan Sinha and Sushilkumar Shinde at the 3rd Yash Chopra Memorial award, conferred to veteran actress Rekha (c) in Mumbai, Jan. 25. (Mitesh Bhuvad | PTI)

Jaya Prada, T. Subbarami Reddy, Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao, Shatrughan Sinha and Sushilkumar Shinde at the 3rd Yash Chopra Memorial award, conferred to veteran actress Rekha (c) in Mumbai, Jan. 25. (Mitesh Bhuvad | PTI)

The award has been instituted by the TSR Foundation of T. Subbarami Reddy in the memory of the producer-director, who died in 2012.

Rao said, “In mathematics you learn the concept of rekha as a line – which can extend in both directions. It has infinite potential to grow on either sides. The same way Rekha has infinite potential as an actress and human being.”

The Foundation annually honors a distinguished senior film personality for outstanding contribution to film industry with a Gold Medal and a cash prize of Rs. 1 million.

Veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha felicitates veteran actress Rekha at the 3rd Yash Chopra Memorial award, conferred to her, in Mumbai, Jan. 25. (Mitesh Bhuvad | PTI)

Veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha felicitates veteran actress Rekha at the 3rd Yash Chopra Memorial award, conferred to her, in Mumbai, Jan. 25. (Mitesh Bhuvad | PTI)

Veterans like Shatrughan Sinha, Sridevi, Jaya Prada, Simi Garewal, Boney Kapoor, Pam Chopra and young star Ranveer Singh, among others attended the event.

Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar and megastar Amitabh Bachchan had also been felicitated with the award.