Writer-director Gulzar was recently honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and his friends from the industry were prompt in expressing their elation.
One of these famous friends is legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who says she is happy for him, but also feels that one of her other good friends should also get it.
She told us, "Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) deserves it. Unko milna hi chahiye (He should get it). It’s the right time for him to be given the Dadasaheb Phalke Award."
This is not the first time that the melody queen has felt that a prestigious award should be bestowed upon Bachchan. Back in 2011, she had stated that Bachchan should get the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.
Several of her colleagues from the fraternity echoed the sentiment as well. Mangeshkar had said, "He has a great body of work, and for the way he works so enthusiastically at this age (69, back then), he must get the award."
When told about this, Bachchan had taken a modest stand and told HT Café back then, "She is elder to me and I’m very small in front of her, so I shouldn’t comment on it. But I don’t think I am eligible for an honour like the Bharat Ratna, nor am I going to get it."
Bachchan was honoured with the Hridaynath Mangeshkar award last year.