Veteran Actress Asha Parekh To Be Conferred Dadasaheb Phalke Award
Asha Parekh, a veteran actress, will be honoured with the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award for her contributions to Indian cinema. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the greatest honour in cinema. It is given to individuals of the film industry who have made remarkable contributions to the growth and progress of Indian cinema.
At the age of 10, Asha Parekh made her acting debut as a child artist in the 1952 film 'Maa.' In 1959, she made her debut as a heroine alongside Shammi Kapoor in the film 'Dil Deke Dekho,' which catapulted her to stardom. Since then, the actress who made a space for herself in the industry with her great performances and a slew of commercially successful films has had no looking back.
Asha Parekh was not only among the most popular actresses of the 1960s and 1970s, but she was also one of the highest paid.
According to an ANI tweet, the Government of India has decided to bestow the Dadasaheb Phalke Award on the renowned actress this year in recognition of her contributions to Indian film as an actor, director, and producer.
Along with numerous medals and distinctions, Asha Parekh is also the recipient of the Padma Shri, which she received in 1992.
Asha Parekh developed her image as a gorgeous heroine and a brilliant dancer in most of her early films, including 'Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai,' 'Phir Wahi Dil Laya Hoon,' 'Baharon Ke Sapne,' and 'Pyaar Ka Mausam.'
The actress then demonstrated her versatility and grit in tragedies such as 'Do Badan,' 'Chirag,' and 'Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki.' Her performance in Rajesh Khanna's 1970 film 'Kati Patang' is regarded as one of her most iconic and greatest performances. She also received a Filmfare Award in Best Actress category for this film.
Asha Parekh has also had a successful career as a television director and producer, having directed and produced popular daily soaps such as Renuka Shahane's 'Kora Kaagaz.'
From 1998 to 2001, the renowned actress served as chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, becoming the first female to hold the role.