Asha Parekh, happy birthday!

Legendary actor Asha Parekh turns 70 on October 2. We wish the beautiful and big-hearted lady a very happy and fun-filled birthday!

In Bollywood, the month of October is considered special, most importantly because it marks the birthday of two iconic Bollywood stars – Amitabh Bachchan (Oct 11) and Rekha (Oct 10). Though for cinema lovers and fans of these two stars their undying love and affection could just be limited to their favourite films, we at BollywoodLife couldn’t resist the excitement of wishing one of the equally successful and popular actress of her time, living legend Asha Parekh a very happy birthday today.

Born in a Gujarati middle-class family on October 2, 1942, Asha nurtured the asha (wish) to become an actress since childhood. Having started her career as a child artiste, she graduated to become an actress of repute. After her days as a leading lady came to an end, she decided to try her hand at television production and was successful at it. She was nominated as the first female chairperson of the Censor Board of Film Certification (censor board).

The actress was recently seen on the popular singing reality show Indian Idol, as a special guest. Remember – she also shook a leg with Anu Malik on stage? We truly sympathise with you Ashaji, but aaj kal TRP aur promotions ke liye kuch bhi karna padta hain! Also, beginning this year, she was honoured at the 7th Apsara Awards by the jury who decided to dedicate a special segment to legends like Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Vinod Khanna and of course Asha, for their valuable contribution to Hindi cinema.

In her four decade-long career, Asha has worked with the best actors, from Rajesh Khanna to Shammi Kapoor, Jeetendra to Amitabh Bachchan. She has immortalised popular characters in films like Dil Deke Dekho, Kati Patang, Pagla Kahin Ka, Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki, Teesri Manzil, Love in Tokyo and other memorable productions.

As she enters her 70th year, we hope Asha, who’s also known for charity services through a hospital named after her, continues to shine with her good deeds and undying support to the needy. Why not – after all, she shares her birthday with the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi, so naturally good things will follow her path. All our good wishes are with you, Ashaji!

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