Bollywood star Aamir Khan broke his record of not being part of any awards functions when he attended the Master Dinananth Mangeshkar Awards ceremony in Mumbai on Monday. He received a special award given to the city’s eminent personalities in various fields from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
Aamir was selected for the recognition for the success of his film Dangal, one of the biggest hits of 2016.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhagwat, who was the chief guest at the event, said the award winners are a source of inspiration and their good work in respective fields will help in nation building.
Aamir reportedly attended the Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards after singer Lata Mangeshkar invited him. This is a huge honour for me, director Nitesh Tiwari and the entire team of Dangal. I am very thankful to Lata Mangeshkar and Deenanath Mangeshkar Trust and entire Mangeshkar family,” he said.
The event also commemorated Dinanath Mangeshkar’s 75th death anniversary.
The PK star last attended an award show 16 years ago at the Academy Awards when Lagaan was nominated in the Best Film category.
After receiving the award, Aamir said, “Today wherever I am, the credit goes to all the writers who have written my films. I am here because of the directors and writers for the wonderful work they’ve done. I thank all of them.” Director Nitesh Tiwari, who was also present at the event, thanked the audience for making the film a huge hit.
Kapil Dev was given the award for his outstanding contribution to the Indian cricket.
Legendary actress Vyjayanthimala Bali was honoured with Master Dinanath Vishesh Puraskar for her achievements in Hindi cinema.
Other awardees included Kishore Deshpande, presented with Anadmayee Puraskar for his work in social service, Vishwanath Karad, Founder, Vishwashanti Kendra, presented with Samarpit Jeevan Puraskar, Vijaya Rajadhyaksha, conferred with Vagvilasini Puraskar for her work in literature. Uday Nirgudkar received an award for his editorial work while Kaushiki Chakraborty for her endeavor in the field of music.
‘Mohan Wagh Award’ for best drama was presented to Sunil Barve for Amar Photo Studio – Subak Sanstha.
On the professional front, Aamir Khan will soon be seen in Secret Superstar and is also prepping up for ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ that also stars Amitabh Bachchan.