Saturday, March 25, 2017


Today is the death anniversary of  Nanda, the beautiful talented   actress who worked in Hindi and Marathi films. Due to untimely death of her father  in 1947 at a young age of 41, Nanda took to acting as a child artiste  to support her family. Between 1948 and 1956 she appeared as a   child artiste in films  like Mandir, Jaggu, Angaarey and Jagriti. V Shantaram,   the  renowned  director and producer, who happened to be her uncle gave Nanda a big break in 1956 in  film Toofan  Aur Diya , which turned out to be a hit. The very next year  in 1957 she  was nominated for the Filmfare  Best Supprting Actress   award for film Bhabhi  . She played a supporting role in Dev Anand  starrer Kala Bazaar  and also  had a nice role in  Dhool  Ka  Phool.  The film that actually made her a star was the film Chhoti  Behan  (1959).She had a lead role in dev Anand’s  Teen  Deviyan  and  Hum Dono , both hit movies. She was a lead heroine in B.R.Chopra’s  film  Kanoon(1960), a rare movie  without songs. During different  periods  she  shared the top slot with  Nutan, Waheeda Rehman and  Sadhana  as the highly paid actress.
Once becoming an established actress  herself, she is known to have encouraged  new comers.She signed eight movies with the newcomer Shashi Kapoor . The first two movies with Shashi Kapoor-  Char Diwari and  Mehendi Lagi  Mere Haath , did not meet success at the box office but  subsequently the films  Mohabbat Isko Kehte Hain, Jab Jab Phool Khille, Neend hamari Khwaab Tumhare, Raja Saab, and Rootha Na karo became hits. She paired with all the top heroes of the time like Dev Anand, Rajinder Kumar, Rajesh Khanna and Sanjeev Kumar. With Jeetendra, she paired in films Parivar and Dharti kahe Pukar Ke.An affable person, she  enjoyed  had  cordial relations with Waheeda  Rehman, Nutan, Sadhana and Asha Parekh. Her last films include  Aahista Aahista, prem Rog and  Majdoor. She  won Filmfre Best Actress Award for the film Ittifaq , and the Best Supporting Actress  Award for  Aanchal, Aahista aahista and Prem Rog.

Our humble tributes !

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