NEW DELHI: Veteran actor Asha Parekh will be conferred the Dada Saheb Phalke award for 2020, the highest recognition in the field of Indian cinema, Union information and broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur said on Tuesday.
Parekh, 79, will receive the award from President Droupadi Murmu at the 68th National Film Awards on September 30.
The recommendation to confer on Parekh the Dadasaheb Phalke Award was taken by a five-member jury comprising Asha Bhosle, Hema Malini, Poonam Dhillon, Udit Narayan, and T S Nagabharana.
“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,” Thakur said.
Parekh, a much-celebrated actor whose career spans nearly five decades is only the seventh female actor to be awarded the top honour. Known for starring in over 95 films including “Dil Deke Dekho“, “Kati Patang“, “Teesri Manzil”, “Baharon Ke Sapne”, “Pyar Ka Mausam”, and “Caravan”, Parekh began as a child artist with ‘Aasmaan’ in 1952.
She also turned director and producer with the the acclaimed TV drama ‘Kora Kagaz’ in the late 1990s and became the first women to head the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) from 1998-2001.
Parekh was conferred the Padma Shri in 1992.
Instituted in 1969, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award commemorated Phalke’s contribution to Indian cinema and was first presented to Devika Rani.