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 !