Asha Parekh Says Indian Culture Misses Bollywood: ‘We Forgot Our Dance’

Bollywood veteran Asha Parekh is known for her compelling and powerful performances in the Hindi film industry for five decades. Apart from being an ace actress, Asha Parekh is also a trained classical dancer, who has shown her talent throughout her career. As remake and remix culture is followed in Bollywood, Asha Parekh recently shared her displeasure with them and also called out Hindi film industry for missing out on Indian culture and dances.

Asha Parekh recently attended an event in Boston, USA and spoke about her views on modern Bollywood. In an interview with Connect FM Canada winner Dadasaheb Phalke has spoken of her disappointment with Bollywood for trying to “copy” Western dance and not embrace India’s rich culture.

Speaking of Western dances, Asha Parekh said, “It’s not our style. It’s not our culture.” The 80-year-old further shed light on India’s “rich dance tradition” and added, “Sometimes it feels like you’re doing aerobics, you’re not dancing. It hurts me in the heart to see that.”

During the interview, Parekh praised filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and called him an exception. She mentioned that Bhansali’s films respect Indian culture and said he was “bound by it”. The actor further called the remixes of his tracks “awful” and added, “The sweetness of the original songs is drowned out by the drums and strong beats of the remixes. The words are lost.”

Asha Parekh awarded with the Dadasaheb Phalke Prize

Asha Parekh received the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award at the 68th National Film Awards ceremony, held in Delhi. The actor received the award from Indian President Draupadi Murmu. In his award acceptance speech, Parekh said, “It is a huge honor to have received the Dada Saheb Phalke award. It makes me very grateful that the recognition comes to me just one day before my 80th birthday.”

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