Mumbai: Superstar Aamir Khan was honoured with the 75th Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award for his blockbuster Dangal. It was after 16 years that Aamir attended an award function. The last such show that he attended was the Oscars, when his Lagaan was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat presented the Vishesh Puraskar, part of the Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards given to eminent personalties in various fields, to the 52-year-old actor whose wrestling saga was one of the biggest hits of 2016.
"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," Aamir said after receiving the award.
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.
"I am speechless to receive this award. I've been blessed to still perform at some events, across the world. I acted in films and I am dancing still. May be it means that people have loved it. Lata didi (singer Lata Mangeshkar) invited me so I had to be here," said the 80-year-old actress.
'Mohan Wagh Award' for best drama was presented to Sunil Barve for "Amar Photo Studio Subak Sanstha."
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.
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 endeavour in the field of music.
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was also present at the event, organised by Master Dinanath Smruti Pratishthan and Hridayesh Arts.