Asha Parekh On Why Amitabh Bachchan Is 'Blessed' And Heroes Who Came Late To Sets

Asha Parekh On Why Amitabh Bachchan Is 'Blessed' And Heroes Who Came Late To Sets

Asha Parekh says Big B is blessed by God


  • Ms Parekh says, "If I get to play the central character, I will"
  • "Mr Bachchan is lucky and blessed by God," feels Asha Parekh
  • Asha Parekh wasn't happy playing the mother
New Delhi: Asha Parekh, who had ruled Bollywood in the Sixties, admits that there was a dearth of good roles after a point, which forced her to retire from acting, reported news agency PTI. The 74-year-old actress, who has acted in films like Teesri Manzil, said that it was, however, rare that one is as lucky as Amitabh Bachchan, who got a chance for his "second innings" in the industry. She told PTI, "It wasn't a difficult decision as such. You have to accept certain situations in life. I am ageing so I should take it gracefully. Mr Bachchan has got a second innings. He is lucky, blessed by God. People make films where he is the central character. We don't get these sort of opportunities. If I get something like that, I would definitely like to work."

The Love In Tokyo actress also added that she was only offered limited roles after a certain age and people only approached her to portray roles of a mother. She told PTI, "Work started coming to me less, people approached me for the "role of a mother". I did a few (referring to playing mother) but I wasn't happy doing that. I wasn't convinced that what I was doing was right."

In fact, she also had to bear the tantrums of her male co-actors, who walked in late for shoots. "I remember there was one film where I (felt) tortured because the hero would come at 6:30 in the evening for a 9:30 morning shift. It wasn't working out for me. There was no way I could put myself through all of this. I didn't want to wait from morning till evening to give a shot. I decided I didn't want to work anymore," she told PTI. Asha Parekh, who made her debut in Bollywood with the film Aasmaan, is also known for films like Do Badan, Upkar and Caravan.