Asha Parekh

  • Birthday: 02. October 1942
  • Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
  • Awards: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Kati Patang , Padma Shri awarded in the Arts (1992), Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (2002), Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association (IMPPA) felicitated Parekh for her outstanding contribution to the Indian film industry (2003), Kalakar Award—Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), International Indian Film Academy Awards for outstanding achievement in Indian cinema (2006), Saptarang Ke Saptashee Award (2006), Gujarati Association of North America (GANA)'s First International Gujarati Convention—Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), Pune International Film Festival—Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), Bollywood Award—Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), Living Legend Award from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Film Federation of India honoured Parekh at its Golden Jubilee celebration ceremony (2008), Sahyadri Navratna Award given to Parekh for being a "woman of substance" (2008), Solitaire for Life Award from the ABN Amro Solitaire Design Awards show (2008), Nashik International Film Festival—Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), 'Lachchu Mahraj"Puraskar' Award for Parekh's contribution to dance and acting (2009), 40th International Film Festival of India felicitated Parekh for completing 50 years in Hindi cinema (2009), 'Legends Live Forever Award' from the Immortal Memories Event (2009), Golden Laurel Award—Ninth Gr8 Women Achievers Awards (2010), Prakarti Ratan Award (2010), Jaipur International Film Festival—Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), Legendary Icon Cine Artist Award—Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards (2011), Sanskriti Kalashree Lifetime Achievement Award—Sanskriti Cultural Foundation (2011), Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar Award-Dadasaheb Phalke Memorial Nashik International Film Festival (2011), Bhishma Award by the Ashram Arts Academy (2012), "Walk of the Stars" honor, where a tile bears her handprint (2013), Jagran Film Festival—Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)


Asha Parekh (born 2 October 1942) is a Bollywood actress, director, and producer. She was one of the top stars in Hindi films from 1959 to 1973. In 1992, she was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India. Parekh is regarded as one of the most successful and influential Hindi movie actresses of all time.

Asha Parekh was born into a middle-class Gujarati Jain family on 2 October 1942 in Mumbai, to a father (who was from Paldi near Pirana, Ahmedabad, Gujarat) and a Dawoodi Bohra Muslim mother. Parekh's religious upbringing involved worshipping Sai Baba. Her mother enrolled her in Indian classical dance classes at an early age and she learned from many teachers including Pandit Bansilal Bharati.