Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, who was once known as ‘Sapnon Ki Rani‘ among the audience, has been awarded ‘Life Time Achievement Award’.
The 72-year-old actor was bestowed with the recognition by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi for her contribution in the field of cinema.
Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari presented the award to Tagore at a ceremony held last night at Siri Fort Auditorium.
Sharmila went on to feature in classics such as Aradhana, Mausam, Amar Prem and Satyakam, among others.
When she was asked about her favourite film, she said although “I like ‘Safar’ and ‘Mausam’. People really like ‘Amar Prem’ and ‘Aradhana’. The shelf life of these films is still there… but my favourite is ‘Safar’ and ‘Mausam’.”
Sharmila said that actresses today have a better chance unlike earlier times in the film industry. “During our times it was nothing better than a good cry. We had to all look helpless… so, I think these people (heroines today) are having much more fun…,” Sharmila said when asked if she sees any difference between the actresses then and now.
Sharmila, 72, said that the life of a heroine during her time was not exciting. “Heroines (then) couldn’t be bad, so Helen had all the fun… heroine’s life wasn’t all that exciting… today’s heroines have much better chance,” she added.
On receiving the award, Sharmila said: “Thank you PHD Chamber for this wonderful honour and distinction… I am so happy to share with these young people who were rocking… thank you, so much.”
Apart from Sharmila, filmmaker-fashion designer Muzzafar Ali was feted with a Special Award for contribution to the Indian cinema.
He thanked the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, saying: “It is a great thing to respect… it is this respect which makes us work.”
The Chamber also gave awards to several singers like Kavita Seth, Prem Bhatia, Akriti Kakar, Usha Mangeshkar, and Ankit Tiwari, among others.