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Nanda (actress)

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Nanda 8 January 1939 – 25 March 2014 was an Indian film actress who appeared in Hindi and Marathi films Her career spans over 30 years and she is best known for her performances in Ittefaq, Gumnaam, Kanoon, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Chhoti Bahen, The Train, Hum Dono and Prem Rog


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Selected filmography
  • 5 Awards and nominations
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life

Nanda was born in a Maharashtrian show-business family to Vinayak Damodar Karnataki Master Vinayak, a successful Marathi actor-producer-director Her father died in 1947, aged 41 when Nanda was eight years old The family faced hard times She became a child actress, helping her family by working in films in the early 1950s She made her debut with Mandir in 1948

On the silver screen she was first recognized as "Baby Nanda" In films like Mandir, Jaggu, Angaarey, and Jagriti, she was a child actor from 1948 to 1956 As a result of her involvement in movies, her studies suffered, and she was coached at home by renowned school teacher and Bombay Scouts commissioner Gokuldas V Makhi By taking up a career in films, she supported and educated her six siblings One of her brothers is Marathi film director Jaiprakash Karnataki Actress Jayashree Talpade is her sister-in-law


Nanda in 2010

Nanda's paternal uncle, the renowned film producer-director V Shantaram gave Nanda a big break by casting her in a successful brother-sister saga; Toofan Aur Diya 1956 It was the saga of an orphaned brother and sister that are buffeted by a series of tragic setbacks, including the girl losing her sight She received her first Filmfare Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for Bhabhi 1957, she claims that the reason she didn't win was because there was lobbying involved She played supporting roles to stars such as Dev Anand in Kala Bazar, and played second lead in Dhool Ka Phool

She played the title role in LV Prasad's Chhoti Bahen 1959 The movie was a big hit, making her a star In this commercially successful 1959 film, Nanda played the blind younger sister looked after by two elder brothers, played by Balraj Sahni and Rehman She then played lead roles, such as one of Dev Anand's heroines in Hum Dono 1961 and Teen Deviyan Both films were acclaimed as hits She was the heroine in BR Chopra's Kanoon 1960, a film with no songs, which was then rare

She won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Anchal 1960 She was paired with Raj Kapoor in Aashiq 1962 and she worked with Rajendra Kumar in three films – Toofan Aur Diya 1956, Dhool Ka Phool 1961 and Kanoon 1960 In one of her interviews she said she avoided films with Shammi Kapoor because of his "wild" reputation from 1959 to 1972, but later agreed to work with him in Prem Rog in 1982 She had quoted in one of her interviews: "Many of my great performances were in films that failed or did average business, like Usne Kaha Tha, Char Diwari, Nartaki, and Aaj Aur Kal" She was the second highest paid Hindi actress, along with Nutan from 1960 to 1965, and the second highest paid Hindi actress between 1966 and 1969 along with Nutan and Waheeda, and the third highest paid Hindi actress, along with Sadhana, from 1970 to 1973

Nanda was known to encourage newcomers She signed eight films with Shashi Kapoor at a time when he was yet to become successful in Hindi Cinema Their first two films as a pair – the critically acclaimed romantic film Char Diwari 1961 and Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath 1962 – did not work, but the rest were successful at the box office Shashi, though he had achieved success in English films in 1963 and in two Hindi films in 1965, had five flops as solo lead hero from his debut in 1961 till 1965 in Hindi films In Jab Jab Phool Khile 1965, Nanda played a westernised role for the first time and it helped her image Her favorite song that was famously picturized on her in the film was "Yeh samaa" Shashi would later declare that Nanda was his favorite heroine Nanda, too, declared Kapoor as her favourite hero In the period 1965 to 1970, the successful films of the pair Shashi-Nanda include Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain 1965, Jab Jab Phool Khile 1965, Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare 1966, Raja Saab 1969 and Rootha Na Karo 1970 In the early 1970s, Nanda suggested Rajendra Kumar, co-producer of The Train, to take Rajesh Khanna as the main lead

She had another hit film in 1965 with Gumnaam, which helped put her in the top league of heroines With Dharmendra, she worked in Mera Kasoor Kya Hai and Akashdeep She played lead heroine roles beginning with Choti Bahen and Kanoon from 1959 to 60 and continued to get roles as the main female lead till 1973 She signed with new leading man Rajesh Khanna in the songless suspense thriller Ittefaq 1969, for which she received a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress and which became successful at the box office After Khanna became a super-star, he signed two more films with her; the thriller The Train 1970 and the comedy Joroo Ka Ghulam 1972 which became hits Jeetendra, too, had some hit films with her such as Parivar and Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke, with Sanjay Khan, she had a hit in Beti and Abhilasha, but offers dried up from 1973 as her pairing with other younger actors such as Navin Nischol, Vinod Mehra, Deb Mukerji and Parikshat Sahni did not work The three films Ittefaq, The Train and Joru Ka Ghulam – earned more than her earlier hits opposite Shashi Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar, Dev Anand, Sanjeev Kumar and Jeetendra

After a small role in Manoj Kumar's Shor 1972, Nanda did a few more critically acclaimed films such as Chhalia 1973 and Naya Nasha 1974, which flopped, and she then stopped acting In 1982, she came back with three successful films, all coincidentally having her play Padmini Kolhapure's mother in Ahista Ahista, Mazdoor and Raj Kapoor's Prem Rog Then she permanently retired

Nanda, who has done some unforgettable work in Bollywood and has given films such as Dhool Ka Phool, Dulhan, Bhabhi, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Gumnaam, Shor, Parineeta, and Prem Rog was one of the highest paid actresses of her time She was the second highest paid Hindi actress, along with Nutan from 1960 to 1965 and second highest paid Hindi actress in 1966 to 1969 along with Nutan and Waheeda and the third highest paid Hindi actress with Sadhana from 1970 to 1973

Personal life

Nanda first from left with Waheeda Rehman, Helen, and Sadhana in 2010

In 1965, while filming Jab Jab Phool Khile, director Suraj Prakash recalled that a Maharashtrian lieutenant colonel was smitten by Nanda and had asked him to forward his marriage proposal to her mother In the end, nothing came of it Nanda's brothers brought home many suitors for her, but she turned them all down

In 1992, a middle-aged Nanda became engaged to director Manmohan Desai at the urging of Rehman But he died after falling from the terrace of his rented flat in Girgaon, just a year after her mother died of cancer According to reports, the railing he was leaning on collapsed Nanda remained unmarried

Nanda lived in her residence in Mumbai, interacting only with family and close friends Her close friends from the film industry included Waheeda Rehman, Nargis, Asha Parekh, Helen, Saira Banu, Mala Sinha, Sadhana, Shakila and Jabeen Jaleel After a long time, she made a public appearance with Waheeda Rehman for a screening of the Marathi film Natarang 2010

She died in Mumbai on 25 March 2014 at her Versova residence, aged 75, following a heart attack

Selected filmography

Acting Filmography
Film Year Role Notes
Mazdoor 1983 Radha
Prem Rog 1982 Virendra's wife
Ahista Ahista 1981 Sangeeta
Qatil Kaun 1980
Prayashchit 1977
Jurm Aur Sazaa 1974 Ricky
Asliyat 1974
Chhalia 1973 Suneeta / Neeta
Naya Nasha 1973 Reena
Shor 1972 Geeta
Parineeta 1972
Joroo Ka Ghulam 1972 Kalpana
Woh Din Yaad Karo 1971
Adhikar 1971 Meera
Umeed 1971
Rootha Na Karo 1970 Neeta
The Train 1970 Neeta / Geeta / Kalavati / Priya
Beti 1969 Sudha Verma
Dharti Kahe Pukarke 1969 Radha
Raja Saab 1969 Poonam
Ittefaq 1969 Rekha
Badi Didi 1969 Bhavna
Abhilasha 1968 Ritu
Juaari 1968 Saroj
Parivar 1967 Meena
Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare 1966 Nishad
Pati Patni 1966 Gauri
Akashdeep 1965
Bedaag 1965 Manju
Jab Jab Phool Khile 1965 Rita Khanna
Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain 1965 Rajani
Teen Devian 1965 Nanda
Gumnaam 1965 Asha
Kaise Kahoon 1964
Mera Qasoor Kya Hai 1964
Nartakee 1963 Lakshmi
Aaj Aur Kal 1963 Rajkumari Hemlata / Hema
Aashiq 1962
Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath 1962 Rajani
Ummeed 1962
Amar Rahe Yeh Pyar 1961 Razia Hussain
Char Diwari 1961 Lakshmi
Hum Dono 1961 Ruma
Aanchal 1960
Apna Ghar 1960
Chand Mere Aja 1960
Jo Huwa So Bhool Jao 1960
Kala Bazar 1960 Sapna
Kanoon 1960 Meena Prasad
Usne Kaha Tha 1960 Kamli
Chhoti Bahen 1959 Meena
Dhool Ka Phool 1959 Malati
Naya Sansar 1959
Pehli Raat 1959
Qaidi No 911 1959
Zara Bachke 1959
Barkha 1959 Parvati
Dulhan 1958
Bandi 1957 Shankar's Daughter
Bhabhi 1957 Lata
Agra Road 1957
Laxmi 1957
Sakshi Gopal 1957
Devghar 1956
Shatranj 1956
Toofan Aur Deeya 1956 Nandini
Bandish 1954
Angarey 1954
Jaggu 1952 Child artist
Singer Filmography
Film Year Song Notes
Jab Jab Phool Khile 1965 "Ek Tha Gul Aur Ek Thi Bulbul" with Mohammed Rafi
Music Direction Filmography
Film Year Notes
Anbulla Durogi 2012 Tamil film

Awards and nominations

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1958 Bhabhi Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1961 Aanchal Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
1970 Ittefaq Filmfare Award for Best Actress Nominated
1982 Ahista Ahista Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1983 Prem Rog Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated


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  2. ^ "Veteran Bollywood Actress Nanda Passes Away -Bollywood, Featured, General News - India News Portal" indiascannercom 
  3. ^ "The Top 10 Films of Nanda" Rediff 
  4. ^ Death of Nanda's father; accessed 30 March 2014
  5. ^ Ambarish Mishra 26 March 2014 "Nanda, an actor who embodied Indian-ness and quiet dignity, dead" The Times of India Retrieved 30 March 2014 
  6. ^ "Nanda: The Eternal Sister of Bollywood" wwwfilmibeatcom 19 February 2009 
  7. ^ Notice of Nanda's death, magzmumbaicom; accessed 30 March 2014
  8. ^ , mid-daycom; accessed 29 March 2014
  9. ^ "Dev's women!", Rediffcom, 25 September 2003
  10. ^ a b "Boxofficeindiacom" Boxofficeindiacom Retrieved 23 July 2012 
  11. ^ "Remembering Nanda: 10 best films" 
  12. ^ a b , indiawestcom; accessed 29 March 2014
  13. ^ Profile, The Times of India; accessed 29 March 2014
  14. ^ "HugeDomainscom - BollyMoodcom is for sale Bolly Mood" wwwbollymoodcom 
  15. ^ "Nanda Height - Pictures Videos Bollywood Actress" wwwbhavakutacom 
  16. ^ Profile, indiawestcom; accessed 29 March 2014
  17. ^ "5 interesting lesser known facts about Bollywood actress Nanda - The Times of India" The Times of India 
  18. ^ "Yesteryear actress Nanda passes away at 75" 
  19. ^ "5 interesting lesser known facts about Bollywood actress Nanda" The Times of India Retrieved 27 February 2016 
  20. ^ Profile, The Times of India; accessed 29 March 2014
  21. ^ Notice of death of Nanda, ibnliveincom; accessed 30 March 2014
  22. ^ http://wwwhindustantimescom/entertainment/bollywood/with-nanda-s-death-i-have-lost-a-very-good-friend-mala-sinha/article1-1200215aspx  Missing or empty |title= help
  23. ^ Death of Indian actress Nanda, inlifestyleyahoocom; accessed 30 March 2014
  24. ^ "Anbulla Durogi 2012" gomolocom 
  25. ^ Awards Internet Movie Database
  26. ^ "First Filmfare Awards 1953" PDF 

External links

  • Nanda on IMDb
  • Veteran actress Nanda makes a rare appearance in 2010, moviesindiatimescom; accessed 29 March 2014
  • Nanda's official website, accessed 29 March 2014

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