I first fell in love with the display picture of Asha Parekh after I noticed Pyar ka Mausam at my favorite theatre, the Imperial on Mumbai’s Lamington Highway. Right here was a fantastic lady singing these lovely songs, Fundamental Na Miloongi, Aap Se Miliye and Na Jaa Mere Humdum.
I by no means preferred her doing mournful melodies until I noticed her emote to Na Koi Umang Hai in Kati Patang.
She was at her finest when she was playful, mischievous and impish. I fell in love along with her. Her gamine high quality did not are available the best way of her being taken severely, not for lengthy. Though she was recognized because the completely happy-go-fortunate heroine, she was additionally appreciated for her performances in Chirag, Kati Patang and Most important Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki. Sadly, I have never but caught up with Do Badan.
I bear in mind weeping copiously after I noticed her in a widow’s white sari, standing below that leafless tree singing Na Koi Umang Hai in Kati Patang. I used to be heartbroken. I did not like seeing her unhappy.
Asha Parekh and Rajesh Khanna in Kati Patang
After I later obtained to know Ashaji personally, I realised she was an intrinsically comfortable individual. And he or she projected what the French name joie de vivre in her performances.
I turned an Asha Parekh fan slightly late in her profession. After Pyar Ka Mausam (1969), I went again to her movies. I used to be shocked by her Dil Deke Dekho, completely by her exuberance.
Ashaji was not like any main girl of her instances. Uninhibited and gregarious, and but female. I liked her orange lipsticks and matching jewelry. And people brilliant georgette saris which she patented. She may make the possibly unconventional look fairly regular. And what a dancer! My favorite is the title track of Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke the place the skies open up nearly in accordance together with her dance strikes. And there was Chhayee Barkha Bahaar in Chirag (1969). She was the rainbow and sunshine in her rain music.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Come to consider it, she did full justice to a number of the most beloved compositions of RD Burman like Aaja Aaja in Teesri Manzil and Shankar Jaikishen’s Jiya Ho Jiya in Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai. I may go on and on.
One among my favorite movies of Ashaji was Caravan. I hated Aruna Irani within the movie for teasing and tormenting Ashaji. At an impressionable age, my thought was, ‘Why is she being so merciless to Ashaji? She is such a pleasant woman.’ And that she is.
Once I finally received to know her personally. I realised she was each bit as constructive a human being as she was projected on display. I met her after the discharge of my movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. She had seen the movie and invited me house. It was a dream-come-true. I needed to pinch myself to imagine I used to be truly visiting the lady whose songs I had secretly been dancing to all my life.
Her father was a beautiful man. Ashaji has inherited her completely endearing nature from her mother and father. Her father owned a enterprise premise three buildings away from the place we lived. He helped us with out ever asking a query. Could also be it was partly as a result of we, too, had been Gujaratis. However a great human being shouldn’t be about belonging to anybody neighborhood.
Every time we referred to as at his house for assist. Ashaji would decide up the cellphone just like the daughter of any family. She was so regular despite being the actress with the utmost variety of hits to her credit score in her time.
She would go to Yogendra Desai for her dancing classes. I discovered her to be fully down-to-earth once I met her. Round then, she lived in her well-known bungalow in Juhu by the seaside. To at the present time, it stays essentially the most magnificent residence I’ve ever seen. So stylish and stylish, I felt I had entered a world of enchantment. And there she was, the woman I had grown up watching, serving us Gujarati delicacies along with her personal fingers.
It was essentially the most wonderful night of my life. Later, with a pal I visited her new dwelling, the one she lives in now. And he or she was simply as heat, hospitable and charming. Through the years, Ashaji hasn’t modified in any respect.
I remorse the truth that I could not forged her in a film. She was born to be my heroine. However sadly, I got here a bit too late. There may be an inherent sur and rhythm to her character that I discover very enticing. Amongst her contemporaries, solely Sharmila Tagore had the identical quantity of glamour and appeal. Everybody, particularly the era, which grew up on the film of the Sixties, misses her. I could not ever consider her taking part in mom to some fifty five-yr-outdated hero.
Even when Ashaji just isn’t singing and dancing, she appears utterly proud of herself. Her eyes nonetheless sparkle with the identical reward of life evidenced in Ziddi, Aan Milo Sajna and Nadaan. Amongst right now’s heroines, I see that sparkle solely in Alia Bhatt’s eyes.
Ashaji is as actual as it could actually get. Although, a legendary star, she has by no means behaved like one.