Bollywood’s yesteryear actress Asha Parekh has finally confessed about her love affairs. (AFP)
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Asha Parekh said the late filmmaker Nasir Hussain was the only man she ever loved.
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For years, the entertainment industry has known of the celebrated actress’ long-standing relationship with Hussain who not only introduced her in ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ in 1959, they went on to collaborate on seven feature films, all superhits including ‘Teesri Manzil’ and ‘Caravan’.
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They also a shared a personal relationship that has come to light in Asha Parekh’s new autobiography ‘The Hit Girl’.
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On the need to speak out about the love of her life, the actress said, “Yes, Nasir Saab was the only man I ever loved. It would’ve been worthless to write an autobiography if I didn’t write about the people who mattered in my life.”
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Actress Asha credits her co-author for putting that part of her life. (AFP)
Asha Parekh said, “My co-author Khalid Mohamed handled the whole episode so discreetly and gracefully.” (BCCL)
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Asha Parekh reveals that she never got married as she never wanted to take Hussain away from his family.
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“I was never a homebreaker. There was never any ill will between me and Nasir Saab’s family. In fact, I was so happy to see Nusrat (Hussain’s daughter) and Imran Khan (grandson) at my book launch. I feel I’ve lived my life decently and without hurting anyone,” said Asha Parekh.
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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has written the foreword for the book, which has been penned by veteran film critic Khalid Mohamed.
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Thanking Salman for writing the foreword of her book, Parekh said, “My heart cannot thank enough to Salman Khan whom I have seen as a lovely child and now as a superstar, and a man dedicated for Being Human. Thank you for penning the foreword and being there for the launch.” (sic)
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Asha Parekh earned the epithet of Bollywood’s ‘jubilee girl’ with her string of hits in the Hindi film industry’s golden era.
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Asha Parekh’s versatility helped her feature in films of diverse genres in the 1960s, but the veteran actress says being on top is often lonesome, and there was a phase where she went into depression.
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Parekh was one of the top stars in the industry from 1959 to 1973.
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Asha Parekh has worked with all the top heroes of her time including Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, Rajendra Kumar, Rajesh Khanna and others.
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It wasn’t the highs and lows of the film business that unsettled the 74-year-old actress, but the death of her parents pushed her into a dark zone.
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Asha Parekh said sometimes an actor may have all the love of fans, but still feel lonely.
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During her prime, Asha worked with directors like Shakti Samanta, Raj Khosla, Vijay Anand, and leading actors like Dharmendra, Joy Mukherjee, Jeetendra, Sunil Dutt, Rajesh Khanna and Shammi Kapoor, but chose to bow out from the screen in the mid-1990s.
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“It’s just that I was getting mother’s roles, bhabhi’s roles, which I was not interested in doing. I gave it up. Where are the roles for ladies of our age? Where do they have movies which are based on them? Men have been lucky. Mr Amitabh Bachchan has been very lucky. He gets many author-backed roles to perform, so it’s good,” said Asha, who even directed the TV series ‘Kora Kagaz’ and more.
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Parekh said she was never out of work when she was active. (BCCL)
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Actress Asha Parekh said over the years her equation with all her contemporaries has changed as they have now passed the phase of “professional jealousy.”
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Parekh also said that it is difficult for today’s actors to keep up with the pace considering the massive media attention.
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Of late, actress Asha Parekh said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s remark that she “chased” him for the Padma Bhushan was hurtful.
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The Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari had said that Parekh approached him seeking recommendation for the prestigious award.
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Parekh said, “It did hurt me. It was not the right thing for him to do. But I took it with a pinch of salt. It didn’t matter to me… Controversies are a part of the film industry.”
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Parekh was honoured with Padma Shri in 1992, and with a Lifetime Achievement award in 2014.
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Actress Asha Parekh became the blue-eyed-girl for filmmakers, and for the audience with her emotive eyes.