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Asha Parekh backs Rishi Kapoor’s anger at young actors’ absence from Vinod Khanna’s funeral

Asha Parekh says Rishi Kapoor is right in getting upset with the younger generation of actors; says ‘they don’t give that much importance to such things’.

bollywood Updated: May 09, 2017 17:55 IST
Anjuri Nayar Singh
Anjuri Nayar Singh
Hindustan Times
Veteran Bollywood actor Asha Parekh at the launch of her biography, The Hit Girl, in Delhi on Sunday.
Veteran Bollywood actor Asha Parekh at the launch of her biography, The Hit Girl, in Delhi on Sunday.

Veteran actor Asha Parekh backs fellow actor Rishi Kapoor’s angst against the young lot of actors in Bollywood for not attending Vinod Khanna’s funeral last week. “I am aware of what he (Rishi Kapoor) said, and he is right. They (younger generation) don’t give that much importance to such things,” says Parekh, who is in Delhi for the launch of her biography, The Hit Girl.

Expressing his anger, Rishi Kapoor had recently tweeted:

He even took at jibe at the industry’s mindset saying they couldn’t attend the funeral but could make it for actor Priyanka Chopra bash.

Parekh, however, has no complaints when it comes to the younger generation respecting their seniors. She says she has always been treated with respect whenever she has met a junior actor. “I am not close to anyone from the present crop of actors as such. But whenever they meet me, they do so with a lot of respect,” says Parekh.

Remembering the late Vinod Khanna — her co-star in films such as Aan Milo Sajna (1970), Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971), Adha Din Adhi Raat (1977) and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978) — the septuagenarian says: “He was a wonderful person.... a handsome and macho guy. He had a beautiful smile. It was nice working with him. He was such a warm person to be around,” she says.


Meanwhile, actor Aamir Khan was also in Delhi to launch Parekh’s memoir. Referring to her as ‘Asha aunty’, the Bollywood actor reminisced spending time with her. “I have amazing memories with Asha aunty. She worked with Nasir Saab (filmmaker Nasir Hussain) on a number of films. She was very often part of the household. My first memory of Asha Aunty was from the sets of Karwaan where we were shooting in Panchghani. Now there is a hotel there, but at that time there was only mud and I was running and I hurt myself. My mother saw me and panicked. I was rushed to the local doctor as I was bleeding profusely. That time we went in Asha aunty’s car. I still remember she had a small poodle stuff toy in the car,” said Aamir.

Aamir Khan said: ‘Asha aunty is a huge inspiration’.
Aamir Khan said: ‘Asha aunty is a huge inspiration’.

Talking about Parekh’s career graph, Aamir added that she is a huge inspiration. “I think Asha Aunty has had such a prolific career that all of us want to know more and more about her.”

Did you know Parekh was removed from her first film, Vijay Bhatt’s Goonj Uthi Shehnai (1959)? Calling this a great learning for all actors, Aamir added: “The last time when I met her, she was telling me about her first film, where she shot for two days and was then removed from the film. Aadmi itna crush ho jata hai. Actors are very fragile and getting rejected like this is a big blow. But this teaches us that early set backs don’t mean we have to give up.”

Parekh also got talking about the biography, and shared that she was initially hesitant to go ahead with the idea of a memoir. “When I was first asked about the prospect of doing a biography, my instinctive response was ‘Why on Earth? I was like, ‘Let it be Asha, ‘Teri kahaani Ka kya USP hai, kaun sunega guzare huye zamaane ki baatein?’ Perhaps this first response was of sheer fright of looking back at a bygone era when cinema meant something else all together,” she said at the launch.

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First Published: Apr 30, 2017 18:45 IST

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