It was yesterday once more at IFFI-Goa today where Asha Parekh went down the memory lane and a formal press conference turned into a collective re-living of the days gone by. A gracefully resplendent Asha said unassumingly ‘perhaps god destined me to be a film star and I worked to fulfill that destiny.’ That humility was on display when someone asked her about her evolution as an actor. She said perhaps she was born with little bit of acting ability and learned on the job. ‘In my initial movies I was presented as a glamour doll but with Do Badan I achieved critical acclaim which was very satisfying’ she added.
Having no regrets about her life, she said that given a chance she would like to be born again as Asha Parekh, however she categorically denied any possibility of an autobiography. On being asked about her opinion about the films of today she said that they have become very superior from the point of view of technology but from the content angle things have become too western for her taste (Hum log kuch jyada angrez ho gaye hain). Similarly she said that she is not into making television serials as the format of a daily episode does not leave any scope for creativity as it is basically filming of a script that has been handed over to you.
She refused to rank her films but in a reply to a question on remakes, she said that Do Badan, Mai Tulasi Tere Angan Ki and Mera Gaon Mera Desh can be remade. Among new directors she said that directors like Suraj Barjatya , Priyadarshan and Farhan Akhtar have a lot of promise.
In reply to a question regarding censorship, the former chairperson of the Censor Board said that more than the Board it is for the parents to exercise restraint. They should guide their child and should be willing to sacrifice watching ‘A’ rated content.