Aamir Khan Launched Asha Parekh’s Autobiography in Delhi.
Om Books International along with Roseate House, Aerocity celebrated the launch of Asha Parekh: The Hit Girl: An Autobiography with Khalid Mohamed, on 30th April 2017 in the capital, Delhi. The stunningly produced autobiography was launched by Chief Guest, Bollywood icon and Megastar Aamir Khan who spoke about Asha Parekh’s immense contribution to Hindi cinema in the era of 60s and 70s. On the occasion, Asha Parekh, Khalid Mohamed, and Publisher, Ajay Mago also shared their experiences of putting together the book. Actor and politician Mr. Shatrughan Sinha was also present on the occasion, earlier on 10th April in Mumbai the book was already unveiled by Superstar and darling of the masses Salman Khan.
About The book and The Veteran Actress:
“Asha Parekh was born for movies. Ever since she was knee-high, she faced the camera as a child artist, while performing simultaneously at dance fetes. An alumnus of Bombay’s The J. B. Petit Girls’ High School, she devoted after-school hours to learning classical dance from exacting gurus. Given a break as a leading lady by Filmalaya Studio’s Sashadhar Mukherjee, she debuted opposite Shammi Kapoor in the romantic entertainer Dil Deke Dekho. Instantaneously, the audience and the critics agreed: “A star is born.” Followed a concatenation of silver and golden jubilee hits, which established her as the quintessential Hit Girl. Possessed of all the requisites of the cinema of the 1960s and the 70s – felicity at instinctive acting, intricate dance skills and the ability to invest conviction into the roles of zestful, glamour-exuding film heroines – she made an impact, too, with parts demanding gravitas. Apart from films in Hindi, she has also acted in films in Gujarati, Punjabi and a film in Kannada. The Mumbai film trade, to date, acknowledges her as one of the heroines with the highest number of successes. Her innumerable dance ballets on stage have earned her untold acclaim, at home and overseas. Among her other facets, she has been involved since decades in running a charitable hospital. She was Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (1998-2001) and has been associated with the Cine and TV Artistes’ Associations and other organizations dedicated to the welfare of film industry workers, technicians, and actors. She turned producer and director with several top TRP-rated TV serials like ‘Kora Kagaz’ and ‘Palash Ke Phool’ and programs like ‘Baaje Paayal’. Currently, she has chosen to retire from acting, but adds, “Never say never.” She lives by the famed Juhu shoreline in Mumbai.”
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“I think Asha aunty has had a prolific career and all of us really want to know more and more about her. When I met her the last time told me that she was offered ‘Goonj Uthi Shehnai’ and she shot for it for two days, but after that, the director felt she was not the right choice and was removed from the film,” said Aamir Khan.
He further added, “Any person would get crushed in such situation and actors are very fragile to get rejected like this. So, to come back from that and become one of the top actresses of her time is an amazingly inspirational story for all newcomers. It teaches us early setbacks need not mean that you need to give up.”
The ‘Dangal’ actor said that one of his biggest regrets has always been the lack of books written on Indian actors, and famous personalities, whose lives can be a source of learning.
“Thank you, Asha aunty for opening yourself up because so many film personalities are a little hesitant to do it… I think it’s important to share what you have done (autobiography) because it gives so many lessons to the people, who want to be in this field.”
“My story would have been incomplete without the story of a super intelligent, playful and cute boy I knew. He used to drop by to see film shoots. The boy was born for cinema,” said veteran actress Asha Parekh at the launch and added, “He became an assistant director and rest is said to be history. He’s today’s megastar, the game changer of cinema, the Box Office record smasher and the constant in my life, Aamir Khan.”
Thanking her heroes, friends, directors and producers, the yesteryear actress said, without ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ and its director Nasir Hussain sahib, she would not have been here today.