Parekh, 71, who has been an icon of Indian films since the '50s and '60s, has created an honourable space for herself through her extra-ordinary acting talent in the Indian Cinema Industry.

"We are honoured to confer the Lifetime Achievement Award to Asha Parekh. Her films have been loved and celebrated by millions of cinema lovers in India. We are humbled that she has agreed to receive this award," the official spokesperson of the festival said in a statement.

The veteran actress made her debut in 1959 in 'Dil Deke Dekho'. Her fabulous performances in unusual films like 'Teesri Manzil' (1966), 'Kati Patang' (1970) and 'Caravan' (1971) flagged her name as a star to reckon with and in 1992, and she was awarded the Padma Shree for Arts.

In 1995, Parekh retired from acting and chose to focus her energies on producing television serials and even experimented with direction.


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