Asha Parekh To Be Conferred With Dada Saheb Phalke Award

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New Delhi: Veteran actor Asha Parekh will be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2020, Union Minister I&B Minister Anurag Thakur said on Tuesday.

Asha started her career as a child artist with the name Baby Asha Parekh and featured in Maa (1952) and Baap Beti (1954). Later, she made her debut as an adult with Dil Deke Dekho (1959) opposite Shammi Kapoor.

Known as the ‘Hit Girl’ of Indian cinema, Asha Parekh had appeared in many commercially successful films throughout her career. She featured in many movies such as Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961), Teesri Manzil and Do Badan (1966), Kati Patang (1970), Caravan (1971), and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978) among others. In the 90s, Asha featured in fewer films. She was seen in Professor Ki Padosan and Bhagyawan (1993), Ghar Ki Izzat (1994) and Andolan (1995).

After she quit acting, Asha became a television director with the Gujarati serial Jyoti. Under her production company, Akruti, Asha produced serials like Palash ke Phool, Baaje Payal, Kora Kagaz and Dal Mein Kaala.

Parekh was the first female chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (Censor Board) of India. Currently, she concentrates on her dance academy Kara Bhavan and the Asha Parekh Hospital in Santa Cruz, Mumbai, named in her honour because of her many humanitarian contributions.

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