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Punjabi Films Asha Parekh Has Been A Part Of!

By: Jasmine Singh | March 1, 2022

Most Indians today know about the veteran actress Asha Parekh. She is not just an actress but also a director and producer. Did you know that Parekh has acted in not just Hindi language films but also Gujrati, Kannada and Punjabi language films!

The 79-year-old was one of the most influential and highly-paid actresses of the time during the 1960s and 1970s. Through her career, which spanned over four decades, Parekh won multiple hearts and was even honored with the Padma Shri award by the Government of India for her contribution to the field of cinema in 1992. Also Read: Do You Know About Govinda’s Punjabi Song?

Coming to her journey, Parekh started her career as a child artist under the screen name Baby Asha Parekh. Famed film director Bimal Roy saw her dance at a stage function and cast her at the age of ten in ‘Maa (1952)’ and then repeated her in ‘Baap Beti (1954)’. The latter film's failure disappointed her, and even though she did a few more child roles, she quit to resume her schooling.

At sixteen she decided to try acting again and to make her debut as a heroine, but she was rejected from Vijay Bhatt's Goonj Uthi Shehnai (1959). Precisely eight days later, film producer Subodh Mukherjee and writer-director Nasir Hussain cast her as the heroine in Dil Deke Dekho (1959), opposite Shammi Kapoor, which made her a huge star. Also Read: This Brazilian Model Was Part Of A Punjabi Song! Do You Know Her?

Right from 1959 to 1999, when she made her last cameo in a film, Parekh rose to stardom. However, talking about her contributions to Punjabi cinema, she also acted in some Punjabi films such as ‘Kankan De Ohle (1971)’ opposite Dharmendra and ‘Lambhardarni (1976)’ with Dara Singh. In both the films, she had a guest appearance.

As of today, Parekh concentrates on her dance academy ‘Kara Bhavan’ and the Asha Parekh Hospital in Santa Cruz, Mumbai, named in her honor because of her many humanitarian contributions. Also Read: Mera Laung Gawacha: Another Tarsem Jassar Film, To Release This Year!

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