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Asha Parekh to be conferred Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award
Asha Parekh to be conferred Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award

Mumbai, Sep 28 (TIWN) Veteran Hindi film actress-director-producer Asha Parekh will soon be feted with the Lifetime Achievement honour for her contribution to cinema at this years Dadasaheb Phalke Awards by President Droupadi Murmu.

In a career spanning almost 5 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 dance at a stage function and cast her in the film and then repeated her in ‘Baap Beti'. The latter film's failure disappointed her, and even though she did a few more child roles, she quit to resume her schooling.

At the age of sixteen, she again tried her hand at acting. She tried to make her debut as a heroine, but she was rejected from Vijay Bhatt's ‘Goonj Uthi Shehnai' because the filmmaker claimed she was not star material.

Later, 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 rumoured to be dating, something that was confirmed by the actress herself in her memoir, ‘The Hit Girl'.

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