Veteran actress Asha Parekh has been shortlisted for the Dadasaheb Phalke award. Union Minister Anurag Thakur gave information in this regard. He will be honored by President Draupadi Murmu on September 30. This highest honor in the film industry is given to him for his contribution to the industry. Union Minister Anurag Thakur said members of the Dadasaheb Phalke committee include famous singer Asha Bhosle, actress Hema Malini, actress Poonam Dhillon and singer Udit Narayan Jha.
All together held a committee meeting and Asha Parekh was elected. He started working in films when he was 10 years old. He first made his Bollywood debut with famed director Vimal Roy’s ‘Maa’. He has worked in over 95 films and also received the Padma Shri award. Asha Parekh’s hit movies include “Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai”, “Phir Wahi Dil Laya Hoon”, “Teesri Manzil”, “Baharon”. K Sapne’, ‘Pyaar Ka Mausam’, ‘Kati Patang’ and Caravan.
Born on October 2, 1942 in Bangalore to a Gujarati family, Asha Parekh appeared in heroine films with many legendary actors including Devanand, Rajesh Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, Jitendra, Manoj Kumar and Dharmendra. Asha Parekh’s mother taught her classical dance from an early age. Asha has also done many dance performances in the country and abroad. She wanted to become a doctor or an IAS officer as a child but luck brought her into the world of cinema. She began her film career as a child artist in the film “Aasman” in 1952. Around the same time, filmmaker Bimal Rai saw her dancing in a performance. He was impressed with Asha and gave her a role in the movie ‘Baap Beti’ in 1954. Asha was 12 at the time.
Famous director Nasir Hussain made many films about Asha Parekh. These include ‘Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961)’, ‘Phir Wahi Dil Laya Hoon (1963)’, ‘Teesri Manzil (1966)’, ‘Bahar Ke Sapne (1967)’, ‘Pyaar Ka Mausam (1969) )’ and ‘Pyaar Ka Mausam (1969)’. Films like “Caravan” (1971) were hugely successful. His successes include films like “Do Badan” (1966), “Chirag” (1969), “Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978)” and “Kati Patang”. She also received the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for the film “Kati Patang”.
Asha Parekh was also awarded the Padma Shri award in 1992. He received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 and the International Indian Film Academy Award in 2006. She served as the first female Chairperson of the Censor Board from 1998 to 2001.