Asha Parekh, the actress with a big bun on her head, large eyelashes and eyes who had ruled the hearts of millions with her innocent looks and acting skills, would be conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke Award. This was officially announced on Tuesday, by the Union Minister for Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur. She would be given the award for her contribution to cinema on September 30, 2022.
Parekh who reached the peak of her career in the 1960s and 1970s, started her career as a child actor and was cast by filmmaker Bimal Roy in Maa (1952) when she was 10. Apart from Hindi films, she had also acted in in Gujarati, Punjabi and Kannada films. She directed Gujarati serial Jyoti (1990) and produced shows such as Palash ke Phool, Baaje Payal, Kora Kagaz and Dal Mein Kaala.
It was during the late 70s and 80s, Parekh was seen doing a few character roles. In the later phase she took to the medium of television and started her own production company
Some her all time hits are:
Dil Deke Dekho (1959), Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961), Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963), Teesri Manzil (1966), Baharon Ke Sapne (1967), Pyar Ka Mausam (1969), and Caravan (1971). With Raj Khosla’s Do Badan (1966), Chirag (1969), Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978) and Kati Patang.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest honour in Indian cinema.