Dadasaheb Phalke Award to be given to veteran actress Asha Parekh this year. Talking about the same, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said, "It is a matter of pride for us that this year the Dadasaheb Phalke Award is being received by actress Asha Parekh. She started working in films at the age of 10 and has acted in more than 95 films." President Droupadi Murmu will bestow the award on September 30 along with the National Film Awards.
A jury comprising of veteran singer Asha Bhosle, award-winning singer Udit Narayan, veteran actress Poonam Dhillon, actor-turned-MP Hema Malini, and Kannada director-producer TS Nagabharana came to this decision. Thakur while making this announcement in Hamirpur said "it is a matter of pride for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to announce this prestigious award for the veteran actress."
Known as the 'Hit Girl' of Indian cinema, Asha Parekh appeared in many commercially successful films throughout her career. She was the highest-paid actor (female) of her time and was one of the most successful actors (female) of the 1960s and 1970s. She is considered one of the most influential actors of all time in Hindi cinema.
Her most iconic films include: 'Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai' (1961), 'Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon' (1963), 'Teesri Manzil' (1966), 'Baharon Ke Sapne' (1967), 'Pyar Ka Mausam' (1969), 'Kati Patang' (1970) and Caravan (1971) among several others. She also did a cameo in Nasir Hussain's film 'Manzil Manzil' (1984) with whom she had earlier done 6 films.
In 1992, she was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India for her contribution to the field of cinema. She is also the recipient of the Living Legend Award from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
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