Asha Parekh, Yesteryears superstar and one of the most influential actors in the history of Hindi films, especially in the 1960s and 1970s, to be bestowed with Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2020.
Dada Saheb Phalke award is the highest recognition in the field of Indian cinema.
Parekh, 79, will be presented with the award during the 68th National Film Awards ceremony, to be held on Friday. The five-member Dada Saheb Phalke Award committee — comprising Asha Bhosle, Hema Malini, Poonam Dhillon, Udit Narayan, and TS Nagabharana — decided on Parekh’s name for the honour, Union Minister Anurag Thakur told reporters in his constituency Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.
“They decided in the meeting that this time Asha Parekh ji will be honoured with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, which will be presented during the National Film Awards ceremony. It is a matter of pride for the ministry to announce this prestigious award for the veteran actress,” the minister said.