Legendary actress Asha Parekh was on Friday honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema. Asha, who was presented the award by President Droupadi Murmu during the 68th National Film Awards ceremony in Delhi .
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Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated Dadasaheb Phalke Awaree Ms Asha Parekh for her special contribution to the world of cinema and said that this award to her is a recognition of women empowerment.
“It is a huge honour to receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. It makes me very grateful that the recognition comes to me just a day before my 80th birthday,” Asha Parekh said.
Asha started her acting career at the age of 10 with the 1952 film Aasmaan and went on to star in Bimal Roy’s Baap Beti two years later. Asha made her debut as a leading lady in Nasir Hussain’s 1959 movie Dil Deke Dekho, opposite Shammi Kapoor. In a career spanning over five decades, she starred in over 95 films, such as Dil Deke Dekho, Kati Patang, Teesri Manzil, Baharon Ke Sapne, Pyar Ka Mausam, and Caravan.