Veteran Bollywood actress Sadhana dead

Mumbai, Dec 25 (IANS) Veteran Bollywood actresss Sadhana Shivdasani passed away on Friday morning in Mumbai after a long battle with cancer, a family friend said here.

She was 74 and a widow, and is survived by her foster daughter.

“Sadhana breathed her last at her home this morning,” a close friend and BJP city spokesperson Shaina N.C. told IANS.

A top-rung Bollywood star in the 1960s and 1970s, Sadhana was born in Karachi, now in Pakistan. However, after partition, when she was barely seven, her family migrated to India and settled in Bombay (now Mumbai).

She entered films as a child artiste in 1955 with a minor appearance in Raj Kapoor’s film, “Shree 420”.

Later, in 1958, she acted in India’s first Sindhi language film ‘Abaana’ in a significant role, on a token payment of Re.1.

When a promotional picture of the movie appeared on the cover of a film magazine, it was noticed by a prominent producer, Sashadhar Mukherjee, and she joined his acting school.

Sadhana’s co-student then was her future co-star Joy Mukherjee. The duo starred in ‘Love in Shimla’, a musical superhit of 1960 produced by Sashadhar Mukherjee for Filmalaya Productions and directed by his son R.K. Nayyar, whom she married later.

She never looked back since and followed with highly-acclaimed and awarded film ‘Parakh’ the following year and another musical superhit ‘Hum Dono’ with the legendary Dev Anand.

Sadhana is credited with introducing the famous ‘fringe’ haircut – known as her trademark ‘Sadhana Cut’ – and tight body-hugging churidar-kurtas as a much-copied fashion in Bollywood.

Paired with the top heroes of that era, Sadhana continued her trailblazing career with notable films like ‘Ek Musafir, Ek Hasina’, ‘Asli Naqli’, ‘Mere Mehboob’ – her first colour movie, ‘Woh Kaun Thi’, ‘Rajkumar’, ‘Waqt’, ‘Aarzoo’, ‘Mera Saaya’, ‘Gaban’, ‘Ek Phool, Do Mali’ and many others till her voluntary retirement from Bollywood in 1994.

In one of her last major public appearances, Sadhana along with her relative and actor Randhir Kapoor walked the ramp at a fashion show in May 2014 to support the cause of cancer and AIDS patients.

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