Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who is known for his flamboyant image and colourful life, says he would not be able to write his autobiography.
Present at Taj Lands End in Mumbai for the book launch of yesteryear actress Asha Parekh’s autobiography “The Hit Girl“, he said, “I don’t think I deserve to be here but feeling really honoured as Asha aunty is very dear to our family. Writing a autobiography, unveiling life story is very tough, I won’t be able to write one.”
“I think Dharam ji (Dharmendra) will understand why,” he quipped.
As against the present situation, when due to professional competition, actresses do not get along together well, Salman said: “In those days Asha aunty, Saira (Banu) aunty, Helen aunty among others were so close to each other. They were genuine friends. I think these days girls should learn it from them, they lead a great life. I think our generation, we miss that out.”
Thanking Salman for writing the forward of her book, Asha said: “When the idea came if I should go for an autobiography, questions came to my mind. However, I speak the truth in my book; I tried to be honest without sensationalizing anything. I am thankful to all the people who supported me in film industry and my fans to keep showing their interest in my work and life.”
The event was also attended by many iconic personalities including Salim Khan, Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Waheeda Rahman, Jackie Shroff, Helen, Arpita Khan, and Imran Khan among many others. The book, penned along with author and film writer Khalid Mohammad, is published by Om Books International.
Asha Parekh earned the epithet of Bollywood’s “jubilee girl” with her string of hits in the Hindi film industry’s golden era. But living that stardom in today’s paparazzi-driven times is something the enigmatic Asha Parekh doesn’t fancy at all.
In an interview with IANS over phone from her seven-storey high penthouse in Mumbai, the 74-year-old spoke about her autobiography “Asha Parekh: The Hit Girl”, her friends, on being single, her take on film censorship, on lobbying for a government honour, and on the life of film stars today.
“I feel it was a nice time when I was part of the golden era. I wouldn’t like to be there today because there’s too much of media, paparazzi, stress and too much of too many things. Today, there’s so much that the stars go through.”