Wa­heeda, He­len and I meet for lunch: Parekh

Ac­tor Asha Parekh says that she’s quite so­cial, and of­ten meets her friends from the in­dus­try

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Though vet­eran ac­tor

Asha Parekh (right) might no longer be act­ing in films, she still keeps in touch with her friends from the film in­dus­try. In fact, Asha says she is quite so­cial when it comes to meet­ing her friends and they of­ten catch up. “I meet Wa­heeda (Rehman) ji, He­len... We go out for lunches and movies. We go to each other’s houses. It’s great,” says Asha, who along with Wa­heeda and He­len, even went on a 10-day va­ca­tion in 2013.

In her book, The Hit Girl pub­lished by Om Books In­ter­na­tion­als, Asha talks about the de­pres­sion she went through af­ter mother died, and how Wa­heeda was a source of sup­port to her. Talk­ing about stress and work-pres­sure, Asha says that the present crop of ac­tors has to deal with so much com­pe­ti­tion. “They are very stressed out. There is so much of pro­mo­tion and me­dia glare all the time. At the same time, it’s com­mend­able that they are so grounded,” says Asha, adding that this stress of box of­fice col­lec­tions was there dur­ing her time as well. “Money does mat­ter, af­ter all some­one has put money in the film,” she says.

Asha, who has been in films such as Dil Deke Dekho (1959) and Teesri Manzil (1966), says her jour­ney has been spec­tac­u­lar. “My first film was a su­per­hit, and that is a nice mem­ory. Go­ing down mem­ory lane, you feel you have achieved a lot,” she says. Happy with how her book has turned out, Asha wants to just take it easy now. “There are no plans for the fu­ture. I just want to take rest. I have worked very hard,” she adds.

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He­len

Wa­heeda Rehman

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