On 02 October is Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Hindi cinema’s hit- girl Asha Parekh’s birthday. She was referred to as the Hit Girl because all the films she featured in were super hits and it was said that purchase of territories concluded as soon as a new project featuring her was announced. She started her career as a child star in the fifties, made her debut as a lead in the sixties and despite her superstardom continued to perform dance ballets on stage. She is the only heroine trained in both Bharatnatyam and Kathak classical dance forms.
She is also the only heroine to turn distributor and become actively associated with social service in hospital. In the nineties she was appointed President, Cine Artistes Association/ CINTA and also Chairperson, Censor Board by the then I& B Minister Sushma Swaraj. Unlike other actors who sit on their laurels Asha Parekh has accepted new challenges over the decades. She launched her production house and turned director on television with Baje Payal then Dal Mein Kala Hai, Kora Kagaz and finally, Kangan.