Dadasaheb Phalke Award for actress Asha Parekh

Veteran Hindi film actress-director-producer Asha Parekh will soon be feted with the Lifetime Achievement honor for her contribution to cinema at this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke Awards by President Droupadi Murmu.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur took to his Twitter to announce the honor for the actress.

He tweeted, “Honored to announce that the Dadasaheb Phalke Selection Jury has decided to recognize & award Asha Parekh ji for her exemplary lifetime contribution to Indian Cinema. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award shall be presented by the Hon President of India at 68th NFA in Vigyan Bhawan (sic).”

In a career spanning almost five decades, Asha Parekh started her journey as a child artist at the age of 10 with the film ‘Maa’ under the screen name Baby Asha Parekh. The social family drama was directed by Bimal Roy for Bombay Talkies. He was asked to come to Bombay from Kolkata to direct the film for the studio, which was going through bad times.

Bimal Roy saw Asha Parekh dance at a stage function and cast her in the film and then repeated her in ‘Baap Beti’.

Film producer Subodh Mukherjee and writer-director Nasir Hussain (Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s uncle) cast her as the heroine in ‘Dil Deke Dekho’, opposite Shammi Kapoor, which made her a huge star. The film also led to a long-standing association between Asha and Nasir. The two even were rumored to be dating, something that was confirmed by the actress herself in her memoir, ‘The Hit Girl’.

In 1992, she was honored with the Padma Shri for her contribution to cinema. Three years later, Asha Parekh featured in ‘Andolan’ and subsequently hung up her boots after her cameo appearance in the 1999 film ‘Sar Aankhon Par’.

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