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Asha Parekh: “I Hope People Remember Me As A Nice Girl.”

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Bollywood retired Jubilee Queen continues to be a happy soul, in spite of her movie career being a thing of the past.

Asha Parekh who turned 76 on October 2, is happy to share her birthday with Mahatma Gandhi.

But there is the downside too. “Every birthday of mine is a dry day. So my friends never get to toast my  health and wellbeing with a glass of wine…ah, never mind! I am happy to be alive well healthy and still not pushed into oblivion , as many of my colleagues are.”

Oblivion  is far  from Ashaji’s ambit  of  activity. In fact 2017 has been a particularly  eventful years for  her.

“That’s right. My memoirs The Hit Girl came out.I was apprehensive that it  may hurt some. But I was determined to tell the truth. Or else,no point in writing about your life. My co-author Khalid Mohamed and I  were very careful about the lives that were touched in  my  memoirs.”

Ashaji boldly spoke about her relationship with filmmaker Nasir Hussain. Was there any negative impact on Nasir Saab’s family?

“None at all. I didn’t expect there would be. When I was so careful not to hurt his family during our relationship why would I cause them any hurt now? Nasir saab’s family has always been close to my heart. I never even thought of hurting them. They all respect me.In fact Aamir(Nasir Hussain’s nephew) is always very respectful and affectionate.”

On  the downside the year saw Ashaji’s dream  project her hospital for the poor, being shut down.

She  sighs, “This is  not the first time, we’ve had to close down the hospital. It had been closed in 2007. Now ten years later  it looks like it’s going to be taken over by a hospital chain.My hospital will now be turned  into  a 5-star health  facility.That means  the facilities will no longer be available to the poor and the underprivileged.Poor people die due to medical negligence.The government hospitals are  overcrowded and understaffed. That’s why I ran this no-profit hospital for the poor. It was my parents’ dream that I tend  to the poor. Alas , the dream has ended.”

Brightening up Ashaji is thankful  for  what life has given her. “I am still around and healthy. I had a great  innings . I was called the ‘hit girl’ because of the  success ratio of my films. I don’t know how so many hits happened in my career. It was God’s blessings, I guess and my parents’ good wishes.It’s sad to lose friends at my age. Watching them go one by one is a very scary experience.I just wish when I go I go without pain.And people will remember me as a nice girl.”

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