Thrilled to see and touch young animals, Asha provided
scintillating photos for my friend and photographer, Natwar
Lapped by the media, these photos were not only
published in the Kenyan press but also in the Indian cinema
How do you feel n you are dancing?
"I am lost in dance, I am not there, I do not get tired," she
This reminded me about Osho’s insight:
"This whole existence becomes a sheer dance, a sheer
"Dancing is not just a movement.
"When a movement becomes ecstatic then it is dance.
"When the movement is so total that there is no ego, then it
is a dance."
Osho goes on:
"When you dance, you become a whirlwind and by and by, you
are completely lost in your dancing, it happens - something
breaks down inside you, the barriers are lost - you become one
"A great orgasm spreads all over your being.
"You are in tune with existence in those moments."
Blooming with energy, Asha was at the peak of her youth and
beauty and also her films were box office hits starting with
Dil Deke Dekho (1959) which made her a huge star.
Shammi Kapoor became her favorite hero and friend, and they
starred in three more films, the most famous being the murder
mystery Teesri Manzil (1966).
Raj Khosla cast her in the tragedienne role in the hit film
Do Badan (1966).
She won the Gujarat State Award for Best Actress for her
first Gujarati film Akhand Saubhagyavati (1963).
Her leading man Manoj Kumar soon directed and starred
opposite her in his blockbuster Upkar (1967), which also
won the Filmfare Best Picture Award.
With her non-stop box office hits, Asha earned the title
"Jubilee Girl" because of blockbusters like Ziddi (1964),
Shikar (1968), Aan Milo Sajna (1970) and Mera
Gaon Mera Desh (1971).
One of her most memorable movies was Kati Patang
(1970) in which played a young widow dressed in white hiding her
emotions until they are unleashed by Rajesh Khanna.
Asha won the coveted Best Actress Filmfare Award for her role
and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.
She did not marry but in her 2017 memoir "My Memoirs The
Hit Girl" (co-written by Khalid Mohamed) she confirmed that
her longtime director Nasir Hussain was the "only one and true
love of my life".
As the only child of a Hindi father and Muslim mother, she
was doted and learnt dancing from an early age making her film
debut at the age of ten.