Asha Parekh to be honored with Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Veteran Bollywood actress Asha Parekh has been selected for the Dadasaheb Phalke award 2020, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting announced Tuesday. The award will be presented at the National Film Awards ceremony to be held in New Delhi on Friday.

The jury for the selection of the 52nd Dadasaheb Phalke award consisted of five members from the film industry: Asha Bhosle, Hema Malini, Poonam Dhillon, TS Nagabharana, and Udit Narayan.

Announcing the decision Union Minister Shri Anurag Thakur said, “I am honoured to announce that the Dadasaheb Phalke Selection Jury has decided to recognise & award Ms Asha Parekh ji for her exemplary lifetime contribution to Indian Cinema.”

The renowned film actress, director, and producer started her career as a child actor and made her debut as the lead heroine in Dil Deke Dekho. She has acted in over 95 movies, including Kati Patang, Teesri Manzil, Love in Tokyo, Aya Saawan Jhoom Ke, Aan Milo Sajna, and Mera Gaon Mera Desh. She also directed the TV drama “Kora Kagaz” in the late 1990s.

Asha Parekh was also honored with the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award, in 1992.

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