2nd Oct, Gandhi Jayanti – A day when a former PM of India and a famous film actress were also born

2nd October, a day to remember and offer tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, on ‘Gandhi Jayanti’! The day is also unique because of the birth anniversary of yet another equally virtuous son of the soil and the former Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, who had mobilized the entire nation like never before with his slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’.

However, maybe overshadowed by this national frazzle-dazzel, a film actress also celebrates her birthday today… and that actress is Asha Parekh.

 

Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Asha Parekh were born on the same day.

Heartthrob of millions of  cinephiles back in 1960s & 70s, she ruled the roost at the time. Her presence alone saw to it that the film became a super-hit. Her films like, ‘Dil Deke Dekho’, ‘Teesri Manzi’, ‘Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai’, ‘Kati Patang’, ‘Ziddi’, ‘Do Badan’, ‘Upkaar’, ‘Aan Milo Sajana’, ‘Caravan’, ‘Mere Sanam’, ‘Baharon Ke Sapne’, ‘Main Tulsi Tere Aagan Ki’, ‘Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hun’, ‘Pyar Ka Mausam’, ‘Meri Surat Teri Aakhen’, ‘Love in Tokyo’, ‘ Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke’, ‘Pagla Kahin Ka’, ‘Mera Gaon Mera Desh’ bear the testimony to her blazing charm.

As we salute to the ‘Father of the nation’ and legendary national leader, Lal Bahadur Shastri, we also extend greetings to Asha Parekh on her 76th birthday and present a song ‘Chhodo Kal Ki Baten’ from 1960 film  ‘Hum Hindustani’ where she teams up with Sunil Dutt to present this patriotic song.

 

R.B.Tayade
2nd Oct. 2019

 

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