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Asha Parekh born on 2 October 1942, was one of the top stars in Hindi films from 1959 to 1973.

Asha Parekh started her career as a child artist under the screen name Baby Asha Parekh in the film Aasmaan .(1952).

At sixteen she decided to try acting again and make her debut as a heroine, but she was rejected from Vijay Bhatt's Goonj Uthi Shehnai (1959) in favor of actress Ameeta. But film producer Subodh Mukherjee and writer-director Nasir Hussain cast her as the heroine in Dil Deke Dekho (1959) opposite Shammi Kapoor which made her a huge star. She received Filmfare Best Actress Award for Kati Patang(1970).

Asha remained unmarried but there were rumors that she was romantically involved with director Nasir Hussain. Today, she concentrates on her dance academy Kara Bhavan.

The Asha Parekh Hospital in Santa Cruz, Mumbai is named in her honour because of her many contributions to the society.

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