Legendary Indian singer Asha Bhosle will be honoured at the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to Indian cinema. Bhosle has recorded more than 12,000 songs for more than 850 films in her 81 years, organisers said.
Known for her range and versatility, having recorded every style of music from film to folk songs, Indian classical music to pop songs, as well as ghazals and bhajans, Bhosle made her acting debut in the 2013 film Mai, at the age of 80, to critical acclaim; and has been awarded numerous accolades. These include being noted as the “most recorded artist in music history” by the Guinness Book of World Records, being awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2000) and the Padma Vibhushan (2008) by the Indian government.
“Asha Bhosle is a stalwart of the Indian music scene, and we are proud to be honouring her. Her work has touched almost every corner of the world: we look forward to welcoming such a legend to Dubai,” said Diff chairman Abdul Hamid Juma.
Bhosle, who also owns the Asha’s chain of restaurants in Dubai, also released a statement: “I am delighted to have been nominated to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from Diff in Dubai — a place with long historic ties to my country. I look forward to visiting this special film festival, which has done so much work to promote the art worldwide.”
Iconic Egyptian actor Nour Al Sherif will also be given the same honour at the festival.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is dedicated to honouring the world’s greatest film industry actors, writers, directors and producers. Previous winners include Martin Sheen, Omar Sharif, Faten Hamamah, Adel Imam, Jameel Rateb, Sabah, Morgan Freeman, Sean Penn, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Daoud Abdel Sayed, Youssef Chahine, Rachid Bouchareb, Souleymane Cisse, Nabil Al Maleh, Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, Terry Gilliam, Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Michael Apted and Mahmoud Abdel Aziz.