Ranveer Singh play a role of Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie ‘Bajirao Mastani’. Ranveer Singh will be honored as “Maharashtrian of the Year” at an event held by Marathi newspaper Lokmat . Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will present the award to Ranveer Singh on Friday. On the occasion, Ranveer joked this was the first time he met Aamir Khan at an award function and said he gave his best to portray the iconic character on screen. Ranveer then danced with Aamir to the tunes of his song “Malhari” from “Bajirao Mastani”.
Ranveer Singh Said:
“This is the first award function where I met Aamir Khan… Thank you for this honor. When Sanjay Leela Bhansali offered me`Bajirao Mastani’, I understood that I had to essay the life of such a great warrior, I said to myself that I will perform from my heart and soul to try and make a significant mark. Bajirao Mastani gave me a sense of belonging. When I used to tell my Maharashtrian friends about the role there was an immense sense of pride they had.”
Asha Bhosle was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the event. Asha Bhosle said she was very proud to receive the honor.
Asha Bhosle Said:
“This is the most important award for me. I’ve been singing for years and not only Maharashtrian but people across the country have loved me. I feel grateful receiving this honor at the hands of our Chief Minister.”
The award was instituted in 2010 to recognize individuals who have had a positive impact on the state. At the 2011 ceremony, actors Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar were honored by then President Pratibha Patil. The jury members to choose the awardee for this year included former Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Former Union Minister Praful Patel, eminent lawyer Ujjwal Nikam, social activist Medha Patkar, businessman Harsh Goenka, veteran journalist Ayaz Memon, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar and others.