Saturday, December 28, 2013

TANUJA

During the 60's and 70's Tanuja was the heroine of several Bollywood films.She was also equally active in Bengali films, Marathi films and Gujarati films.She is still acting  in films and recently appeared as judge for reality shows on T.V.
Tanuja is younger sister of actress Nutan and was born as the daughter of poet Kumarsen Samarth and actress Shobhana Samarth on Sept 23, 1943.
Hamari Beti was her debut film in which she acted as a child artist and that film was produced by her mother.Her mother directed the film in which she acted as an adult character.Nutan was the lead female artist of that film.
She acted as heroine in the film 'Hamari Yaad Ayegi'(61) which was directed by Kidar Sharma in which Ashok Kumar was the hero.
During the 60's itself she started acting in Bengali films.Deya Neya(63),Antony Firinjee(67),Rajkumari(70)Teen Bhuvaner Parey(69),Prothom Kadam Phool etc are her well noted Bengali films.She acted opposite Uttam Kumar in many films which received good response and along with Soumitra Chatterjee she made a good combination  in several films.
Some of her well noted Marathi films are 'Zaakol,Unad Maina and Pitruroon'.
Mehmood directed 'Booth Bungalow' in 1965 in which Tanuja was the heroine.The revealing of the mystery about an isolated bungalow which was believed as occupied  by ghosts  was the theme of that  film.
Sunil Banerjee directed 'Antony Firinjee' which was a Bengali film. Ashok Kumar,Vyjayanthimala and Dev Anand acted in the hit film 'Jewel Thief'.In that film Tanuja acted in supporting role as the character Anjali Nath.
Dharmendra,Tanuja and Jayalalitha acted in the film 'Izzat'(68) directed by T.Prakash Rao.
Ashok Kumar,Mala Sinha,Biswajeet, and Tanuja acted in 'Paisa Ya Pyar(69) directed by Jawar N.Sitaraman.She received Filmfare Best supporting actess award for her performance in this film.In the same year her film 'Jeene ki Raah' opposite Jeetendra directed by L.V.Prasad was a huge hit.
'Ek Paheli(71) was a well acclaimed film in which Sanjeev Kumar,Feroz Khan were the male lead  actors.
In 1971 Devar films produced 'Hathi Mere Saathi' which turned to be a super hit at the box Office.It was directed by M.A.Thirumugham.Rajesh Khanna acted opposite Tanuja in this film.
Dharmendra was her hero in Do Chor(72),Thief stealing one set of jewellery only  and leaving a 'swastika' created eagerness for the audience.
Vijay Arora was her hero in Justice(73) and Randhir Kapoor in Hamrahi(74).
Amitabh Bachchan,Neetu Singh and Tanuja were the main cast of 'Yaraana' in 1981.Vinod Khanna was the hero of 'Imtihan' in 1974.
Tanuja is the mother of Bollywood actresses Kajol and Tanisha.



Selected Filmography
Jewel Thief
Nai Roshni
Imtihaan
Beharen Phir Bhi Ayegi
Bhoot Bungalow 
Nai Umer Ki Nai Fasal
Benazir
Aaj Aur Kal
Hamari Yaad Ayegi
Mam Didi
Chhabili
Amber
Hamari Beti
Kaam Chor
Yaarana
Khuddar
Masoom
Mere Jiwan Saathi
DoChor
Haathi Mere Saathi
Ek Baar Muskura Do
Pavitra Paapi
Unad Maina
Antony Firinjee
Rajkumari
Prtothom Kadam Phool
Chhabili
Izzat
Hamrahi
Ek Paheli
Paise Ya Pyar


Friday, December 20, 2013

KALPANA KARTIK

Kalpana Kartik is a former Hindi film actress and wife of the late Dev Anand who was one of the greatest  actor and film maker of Bollywood.
Her original name is Mona Singha and was born on 19 Sept. 1931.
She studied at St.Bedes College,Simla and was selected as Ms.Shimla while she was studying for degree course.Dev Anand's brother Chetan Anand approached her family and offered her roles in the productions of their 'Navketan Film Company'.
Chetan Anand gave her the screen name as Kalpana Kartik.
She acted in super hit and  prestigious films of Navketan Films during 1951-1957.In all the films she acted she was the heroine and Dev Anand was the hero.
'Baazi'(1951) was her first film and it was produced by Dev Anand under the banner Navketan Films and was directed by Guru Dutt.It was the debut film of Guru Dutt as a Director.The story,Screenplay and dialogues for this film was written by Balraj Sahni.Dev Anand,Geeta Bali and Kalpana Kartik acted in pivot roles of this film.The film was a big success at the box Office.
Aandhiyan (52) was a super hit film which was brilliantly  directed by Chetan Anand.Dev Anand acted as Ram Mohan, a honest lawyer who is in love with Janaki.Kalpana Kartik acted as the character Janaki.Nimmi and Durga Khote also acted in this film in important female roles.This film won international accolades at the Venice,Moscow and Peking film festivals also.
'Hum Safar'(1953) was produced by Dev Anand and directed by A.N.Banerjee.
Chetan Anad also acted in this film along with Dev Anand.Kalpana Kartik was the heroine and Smriti Biswas also acted in it in a key role.
Taxi Driver was directed by Chetan Anand.Dev Anand and Kalpana Kartik were the main pair of this film.The film was a super success at the box office.Dev Anand and Kalpana Kartik married secretly during the break of the shooting of this film.Taxi Driver was penned by Vijay Anand and Chetan Anand's wife 'Uma'.Dev Anand displayed so much emotional depth in this film in which city of Mumbai was the central character.The song sequence "Jayen To Jayen






Kahan" was very much liked by the audience.
House No.44 is another film in which Dev Anand and Kalpana paired.It was directed by M.K.Burman.
Kalpana acted opposite Dev Anand in the film 'Nau Do Gyarah' in 1957 which was directed by Vijay Anand.It was debut film of Vijay Anand as a director.Vijay Anand was younger brother of Dev Anand.
As an Associate Producer she worked for films 'Tere Ghar Ke Samne(63),Jewel Thief(67),Prem Pujari(70),Shareef Badmash(73),Heera Panna(73) and Jaaneman(76)'.

Monday, December 16, 2013

KAMINI KAUSHAL

Kamini Kaushal is a Bollywood actress who was one of the top heroines for two decades from 1946 and continued acting career in character roles thereafter.She acted opposite all top heroes of that period including Ashok Kumar,Dilip Kumar,Dev Anand etc.
Kamini Kaushal Aka Uma Sood was born on 18 Jan 1927atLahore.Her father was a  Professor at Government College Lahore.Kamini was one of the well educated girls from a respected family to join films during those  period.She became a film star after doing B.A.(honours) in English Literature.
She learnt Bharatanatyam Dance from Mumbai's Rajarajeswari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir.
Her debut film was 'Neecha Nagar' in 1946.
'Neecha Nagar' was directed by Chetan Anand and was written by K.A.Abbas.
It was a pioneering effort in social realism in Indian Cinema and paved way for such parallel cinema or middle cinema by other directors.'Neecha Nagar 'was the first Indian film to get International recognition by sharing Best film Award at the first Cannes Film Festival in 1946.Kamini Kaushal performed amiably in this film grabbing wide appreciation.
In the 1948 film of Raj Kapoor's 'Aag' she acted along with Nargis.
'Ziddi' was 1948 film in which she acted opposite Dev Anand.This film launched the career of Dev Anand as the lead hero.It also established Kamini's position in Hindi films.
Dilip Kumar in his biography has admitted that Kamini was his first love.But she never accepted his proposals.
Dilip Kumar and Kamini Kaushal were a well accepted strong pair in a string of films like Shaheed(48) which was a super hit patriotic film ,Nadia Ke Paar(49) super hit classic movie which was directed by Kishore Sahu,Shabnam(49) produced by Filmstan, and Arzoo(50) a classic film  directed by Shahid Lateef.
She got Filmfare Best Actress Award for her film 'Biraj Bahu(55).
From 1965 she shifted to character roles with the film 'Shaheed'.
She excelled nicely in character roles of seven films of  Manoj Kumar up to the  film 'Dus Numbri'in 1976.
She is also a producer of some T.V.Serials and  has acted in them.
Selected Filmography
Neecha Nagar
Jail Yatra


 





 
 

Shaheed
Nadia Ke Paar
Shair
Shabnam
Rakhi
Paras
Arzoo
Poonam
Jhanjaar
Aansu
Aas
Chalis Baba Ek Chor
Biraj Bahu
Sangam
Radhakrishna
Night Club
Jailer
Bank Manager
Godaan
Shaheed
Janam Janam Ke Saathi
Bheegi Raat
Upkar
Vishwas
Meri Bhabhi
Do Raste
Beti
Bada Bhai
Night Club
Purab Aur Paschim
Yakeen
Yaadgar
Uphaar
Tangwala
Sher
Har Jeet
Anhonee
Roti Kapda Aur Makan
Prem Nagar
Circus Sundari
Sanyasi
Apne Rang Hazar
Dus Numbri
Rahu Ketu
Heeralal Pannalal
Dil Aur Deewar
Ahinsa
Takkar
Jalwa
Maha Chor
Chandi Sona
Swarg Narak

Santosh
Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega
Chori Chori
Chennai Express


Monday, December 9, 2013

SHYAMA

Shyama, a very popular actress during 50's and 60's was born as 'Khurshid Akhtar' on 7 June 1935 at Lahore.Director Vijay Bhatt gave her the screen name 'Shyama' by which she is credited.
She portrayed her best performance with Gurudutt in 'Aar Paar(54) and Barsat Ki Raat(60).She was also excellent in films like Milan,Sharda,Dil Diya Dard Liya,Sawan Bhadon,Tarana etc.
She is appreciated for her skill to synchronize lip movement exactly  to the rhythm and  lyrics of the  music when songs were picturized on her.
She was heroine of several films of 50's and 60's and acted opposite all top stars of that period.
She married Director/Cinematographer Fali Mistry.He died in 1979 and she is staying at her apartment in  Mumbai.She is having Children and grandchildren.

Raj Kapoor, Nargis and Shyama were in pivot roles of 1950 film 'Jan Pahchan' directed by Fali Mistry.
In the 1950 film 'Nili' Suraiya,Shyama and Agha were the main  the cast.
Dev Anand,Nimmi and Shyama were in the main roles of 1951 film 'Sazaa'.In this film Kamini(Shyama) while driving a car runs over a young man (Dev Anand) who got seriously injured.Kamini takes him to a hospital where he was treated for several weeks to recover and further developments was  the story.

In the 1952 film 'Aasman' Nasir Khan and Shyama acted together.




Shammi Kapoor acted opposite to  her in the 1953 film 'Thokar'.
She was the heroine of 1953 film 'Suhag Sindoor'.
Talat Mehmood and Shyama were the main pair of 1953 film 'Dil-e-Nadan
Suresh was the hero and Shyama was the heroine of Char Chand(53).
In the film 'Tulsidas' which narrated the story of sage/poet Tulsidas, Mahipal acted in title role and Shyama was the heroine.
Pran and Shyama paired in the 1954 film 'Pipili Saheb'.
Karan Dewan and Shyama were the main pair of Ladia(54) and they paired in the famous film 'Taqdeer'(58).
Shekhar and Shyama acted together in the 1954 film 'Darwaza'.
Guru Dutt and Shyama paired in the 1954 film 'Aar Paar'.It is  the story of a taxi-driver in Mumbai who has two girl friends.One of the girl's father is involved in gangster type activities and the consequences are the theme of the film.
In the 1957 film 'Johny Walker' actor 'Johny Walker' acted opposite to her.
Alcoholic Murli Manohar gets employment using forged documents and fells in love with Managers's secretary and further happenings are the theme of 'Johny Walker'.
Shyama was the heroine of 1956 film 'Chhoo Mantar'.
In the film 'Sharda' Raj Kapoor,Meena Kumari and Shyama were in the cast.It was the story of a young man 'Chiranjeev' who had two sisters out of which one was dumb.The film was directed by L.V.Prasad.Shyama  got Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance for  this film.
Selected Filmography
Zeenat 
Shabnam
Nishana
Nili
Jan Pahchan
Tarana
Sazaa
Aasman
Shyama
Dil-e-Nadan
Suhag Sindoor
Char Chand
Pipili Saheb
Pensioner
Ladia
Darwaza
Aar Paar
Khandan
Bhagawat Mahima
Bhai Bhai
Sharda
Hill Station
Bhabhi
Bandi
Taqdeer
Panchayat
Apna Ghar
Zabak
Ghar Basake Dekho
Bahurani
Dil Diya Dard Liya
Janwar
Milan
Aag
Beti
Mastana
Sawan Bhadon
Kangan
Shadi Ka Baad
Gomti Ke Kinare
Suraj aur Chandra
Naya Din Naya Raat
Honey Moon
Ajnabee
Sewak
Khel Khel Mein
Payal Ki Jhankar  


Thursday, December 5, 2013

NIMMI

Nimmi  was born on 18 Feb 1933 at Agra as 'Nawab Banoo'.Her mother was a noted actress and singer by name 'Wahidan'  in Bollywood films during 30's but unexpectedly  she died when Nimmi was only nine years old.
Her father was staying at Meerut where he was a military contractor.After the death of her mother she went and stayed with her grandmother in 'Abbottebad'.They settled in Bombay after partition of India.
Her mother was in good terms with film maker Mehboob Khan and because of that  affection he invited Nimmi to watch the shooting of his film 'Andaz' at Centra Studios  and at the film studio she met 'Raj Kapoor'.
Raj Kapoor was on the lookout of a  second female lead for his upcoming film project 'Barsat' in which 'Nargis' was to play the lead role.Nimmi was cast to act the second lead female role which was  of a shepherd girl who falls in love with a city man.The role drew much attention and love  from the audience and the film was a super hit.The songs were also mesmerizing.Actor Prem Nath acted opposite her  in this film and both of them received much accolades.
Nimmi acted opposite top heroes of that period.





Nimmi acted opposite Raj Kapoor in film 'Banwara'.
With Dev Anand she paired in films 'Sazaa and Aandhiyan'.
With Dileep Kumar she acted  in films 'Deedar(51)  Daag(52),Amar,Aan,Uran Khatola'   which were all  successful films.
In the film Amar she played the role of a Poor milkmaid.
Aan was the first Techni colour feature film of India and it was  made by Mehboob Khan.It was a big budget film which was released world wide.The title of the English version was 'Savage Princess'.During that period Nimmi got appreciation from Western countries also for her nice portrayal of the character in that film.
Nimmi produced the film 'Danka'(54) which was also a box office success.She also acted in that film.
In the film 'Uran Khatola' she paired with Dilip Kumar and it was the biggest box office hit of her career.
Basant Bahar(56) and Bhai Bhai(57) were also super hit films.
Rajendra Kumar,Sadhana,Ashok Kumar and Nimmi were the main  actors of 1963 film 'Mere Mehboob'.It was a block buster film and the highest box office hit of that year. 
She acted as  second lead female roles of certain  top heroines i  films and such films of  Madhubala,Suraiya,GeetaBali,Meena Kumari etc. were all successful films  Some of them are  'Amar,Usha Kiran,Shamma,Char Dil Char Rahein.
Nimmi was also a singer and for the film 1951 film 'Bedardi' she sang the songs for her character in that film herself, but later she never sang songs for films.
She married screenwriter S.Ali Raza and he died in 2007 following a heart attack.
Nimmi at present stays alone in her apartment at Juhu,Mumbai.

Selected Filmography

Barsaat
Sazaa
Deedar
Bedardi
Badi Bahu
Usha Kiran
Daag
Aandhiyan
Aan
Alif Laila
Pyase Nain
Kasturi
Amar
Danka
Uran Khatola
Society
Kundan
Char paise
Bhagavat Mahima
Rajdhani
Bhai Bhai
Anjali
Chotte Bahu
Pehli Raat
Char Dil Char Rahhein
Angulimala
Mere Mehboob
Pooja Ke Phool
Akashdeep


Friday, November 29, 2013

SIMI GAREWAL

Simi Garewal, is  active as an actress  from  the  late 60's and she  possess diversified talents  as a writer,T.V.Host,TV documentaries director etc.
She was born on 17 Oct. 1947 at Delhi.Her father was a Brigadier in the Army and she grew up in England.She studied at a school in London with her sister Amrita.
After returning to India as a teenager,  she started to act in films.At the age of 15, she could act in an English film 'Tarzan Goes to India'.
She received Filmfare Supporting actress Award for her performance in the film 'Do Baadan' of 1966.Manoj Kumar and Asha Parekh acted as the main pair of this film which was directed by Raj Khosle.Her role as Dr.Anjali received much appreciation from critics.
In the year 1968 also she was selected by Filmfare as Best supporting actress for her role as 'Rajni' in the film 'Saathi'.
In the film 'Mera Naam Joker' which was directed by Raj Kapoor she made a nice appearance as teacher Mary.
Satyajit Ray noted her acting talents and gave her a role in his film 'Aranyer Din Ratri(Days and Nights in the Forest).




Mrinal Sen made her heroine in his Bengali film 'Padatik'.
She starred with Shashi Kapoor in an English language film of Columbia pictures 'Siddhartha' in lead female role.
She appeared in popular films 'Kabhie Kabhie' and Chalte Chalte' in 1976.
Her performance in the film 'Karz'(80) was also well noted.
In 1983 she produced,directed and hosted a TV series for Doordarshan in the name 'It is a Woman's World'.
She made documentaries about Rajiv Gandhi and Raj Kapoor.
Later she received many awards for her TV presentations like 'Screen Award for Best Talk Show and Best Anchor in 1999, and 'Indian Television Academy Award for Best Anchor in 2003'.
Selected Filmography
Raaz Ki Baat
Son of India
Tarzan Goes to India
Teen Deviyan
Do Badan
Aadmi
Saathi
Ek Raat
Mera Naam Joker
Andaz
Do Boon Pani
Seema
Anokhi Pehchan
Siddhartha
Padatik
Namak Haraam
Haath Ki Safari
Chalte Chalte
Kabhie Kabhie
Ahsaas
The burning Train
Karz
Insaf ka Tarasu
Prfessor Pyarelal
Biwi O Biwi
Teri Meri Kahani
Haathkadi
Love and God
Rukhsat

Sunday, November 24, 2013

NANDA

Nanda was a popular leading lady in several films and acted also as supporting actress and character artiste in many films and at present living a retired life from films at Mumbai.
She was born on 8 Jan,1939 to Vinayak Damodar Karnataki who was a successful actor/director.When Nanda was only eight years old her father  passed away and she took the burden  to assist the family financially by acting as a child artist in movies as 'Baby Nanda'.During her childhood days it was not possible for her  to attend school because of film shooting schedules and  she was tutored at home by an efficient school teacher.
She is the  great-niece of famous film maker/director  V.Shantaram and he gave her a major role in 'Toofan Aur Diya' which received good opinion.
South Indian actress Pandari Bai and Nanda acted in pivot roles of 'Bhabhi' directed by R.Krishan in 1957 in which Balraj Sahni was the hero.This film became the highest grosser of that year.
In the film 'Chhoti Bahen' of 1959 she played the title role and Balraj Sahni was the hero.
Sunil Dutt acted opposite her in 'Nartaki', 1960 film 'Usne Kaha Tha' 1963 film 'Aaj aur Kal' which were successful films.
She acted opposite Dev Anand in 'Hum Dono'(61) as one of the two heroines and she was one of the 'Devi' of 'Teen Deviyan'.In Hum Dono Dev Anand was in  double roles  and she played as a beautiful wife's role.
In 'Teen Deviyan' she portrayed a calm beautiful girl who was competing with other two girls.
B.R.Chopra's 'Kanoon' in which there was no songs and 'Anchal'(60) which earned her Filmfare Best Supporting actress award were critically acclaimed.
In 8 films Shashi Kapoor was her hero and the pair were liked by the audience.
Five movies  were box office hits and the  other three received critical acclaim but financially flopped.
Films 'Mohabbat Isko Kahte Hein,Jab Jab Phool Khile,Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare,Raja Saab,Rootha Na Karo' were the successful films of Nanda and Shashi Kapoor pair.
'Gumnam' directed by Raja Nawathe in 1965 was a box office hit in which




Nanda acted opposite Manoj Kumar.
Rajesh Khanna was her hero in the successful film 'Joru ka  Ghulam' with a comedy theme directed by A.Bhimsingh in 1972.
She took a long leave  from 1974  and returned in 1981 with a mother role of Padmini Kolhapure's heroine character in film 'Ahista Ahista' which was a box office hit and in 82 and 83 also she acted as mother of Padmini Kolhapure in successful films 'Mazdoor'  and  'Prem Rog'.
Selected Filmography
Mandir
Jaggu
Jagriti
Bandit
Shatranj
Toofan Aur Diya
Luxmi
Bandi
Agra Road
Bhabhi
Dhool Ka Phool


Dulhan
Pehli Raat
Naya Sansar
Qaide No.911
Chhoti Bahen
Apna Ghar
Anchal
Kala Bazaae
Kanoon
Hum Dono
Aashiq
Aaj Aur Kal
Nartaki
Kaise Kahoon
Jab Jab Phool Khile
Gumnaam
Neend Hamari Khwab Tunhare
Pari Patni
Parivar
Beti
Dharti Kahe Pukar ke
The Train
Rootha Na Karo
Adhikar
Woh Din Yad Karo
Ummeed
Shor
Parineeta
Prayeshchit
Asliyat
Naya Nasha
Ahiste Ahiste
Mazdoor
Prem Rog

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

SADHANA SHIVDASANI

Sadhana Shivdasani  was one of the top stars during 60's and 70's and she had been a fashion icon for the youths of that period.She introduced tight Churidar tops and  a special hair style known to be 'Sadhana cut' which impressed many youngsters. This exquisite, charming girl was model for several cosmetic brands like 'Lux'.
Sadhana was born in a 'Sindhi' family  at Karachi on Sept. 2, 1941.She is the daughter of actor  Hari Shivdasani's brother.When India was partitioned, the family fled from Karachi to Mumbai and settled there.
She had the ambition to be an actress from her childhood which was made true  by her father.At the age of 15 she could act in a small role in Raj Kapoor's 'Shree 420' and in 1958 acted in India's first Sindhi film 'Abana'.
In 1960 she acted as heroine in R.K.Nayyar directed 'Love in Simla' in which Joy Mukherjee debuted as hero.
Then she appeared in an award winning film 'Parakh'.In 1961 she paired with Dev Anand in a hit film 'Hum Dono'.
The musical film 'Ek Musafir Ek Hasina'  which was directed by Raj Khosla in 1962 in which Joy Mukherjee was the hero became a box office hit.
1963 witnessed her first techni colour film 'Mere Mehboob.
'Woh Kaun Thi' was a suspense thriller directed by Raj Khosla in which Manoj Kumar was the hero and it was a success.Raj Khosla made two more suspense  thrillers with Sadhana which earned her the title 'Mystery girl' and those films 'Mera Saaya' and 'Anita' were super hit box office hits.
In Mera Saaya of 1966 Sunil Dutt was the hero and Sadhana acted in double role.Manoj Kumar and Sadhana acted in 1967 film 'Anita'.
Mera Saaya  had enchanting songs which are still popular among music lovers.
'Arzoo' directed by Ramanand Sagar in 1965 was a success at the box Office in which Rajendra Kumar and Feroz Khan acted along with her in lead roles.
'Intaquam' was directed by R.K.Nayyar which  was also a suspense thriller in which Sanjay Khan acted opposite to her.
Sadhana directed 1974 film 'Geeta Mera Naam' in which she herself was the heroine and Sunil Dutt was the hero.It was produced by R.K.Nayyar.
Sadhana married producer/director R.K.Nayyar in 1966.They were in love from the sets of 'Love in Simla' itself.The marriage lasted for thirty years till his death.
She is staying at Santracruz,Mumbai at present.




 


Selected Filmography
Albana
Shree 420
Parakh
Hum Dono
Ek Musafir Ek Hasina
Asli Naqli
Mera Mehboob
Woh Kaun Thi
Raj Kumar
Picnic
Dulha Dulhan
Waqt
Arzoo
Mera Saaya
Gaban
Anita
Sachaai
Intaquam
Ek Phool Do Mali
Aap Aye Bahar Ayee
Dil Doulat Duniya
Hum Sab Chor Hain
Geeta Mera Naam
Chhote Sarkar
Vandana
Amaanat
Mehfil
Nafrat
Aakri Nischchay


Saturday, November 16, 2013

REHANA SULTAN

Rehana Sultan is an Indian actress who was very popular in the 70's and possess immaculate acting talents which was further polished from the Film and TV Institute of India,Pune  where she joined  for studies in 1967.
Rehana Sultan was born at Allahabad on 19 Nov. 1950.After acting in her diploma film 'Shadi ki Pehli Salgirah' she got the lead role of 1970 film 'Dastak' which  was the directorial debut of Rajender Singh Bedi who was also the producer of the film.
Rehana Sultan was the first actress from the Pune Film Institute to become the lead actress of a commercial film, and she got National Film Award as the Best Actress for it.That film bagged two other National awards; one for actor Sanjeev Kumar as Best actor and the other for music director Madan Mohan.
               During the shooting of that film,  writer/director B. R.Ishara  cast her in lead role of his film 'Chetana' and completed it in 28 days.The film focused on the rehabilitation of sex workers and she was admired for the bold portrayal of the character in the film.She was but unfortunately typecast after this film which reduced her chances to get varied subjects and roles.
'Man Tera Tan Mera' was another film directed by B.R.Ishara in 1971,Man Jaiye in 72, and a comedy film 'Dil Ki Rahen' was directed by him in 1973  in which she was in female lead roles.
Rehana Sultan acted in lead role and directed the 1972 film ' Tanhai'.
Rehana Sultan and Vinod Mehra acted as the leading pair of the  1974 film 'Albeli' 
in which Ashok Kumar acted in main role along with Devan Verma, who was also the director of the film.
She acted along with Shabana Azmi and Raj Babbar in the 1977 political satire 'Kissa Kursi Ka'.
Agent Vindod was a 1977 spy thriller in which Mahendra Sandhu  acted as Agent Vinod, and Rehana acted in it along with Asha Sachdev.
She acted with Danny and Waheeda Rehman for the 1979 film 'Aaj ki Dhara'.
She got married to director B.R.Ishara in 1984 and had almost quit films.She appeared in some T.V.Serials etc but after the death of her husband she is set for a come back in character roles and mother roles.
Selected Filmography
Dastak
Chetna






Dil ki Rahen
Khotte Sikkay
Savera
Pujarin
Man Tera Tan Mera
Tanhai
Sajjo Rani
Yeh Sach Hai
Oopperwala Jaane
Nawab Sahib
Deen aur Iman
Aaj ki Dhara
Albeli
Padosi
Ek Ladki Badnam Si
 Agent 009
Bada Kabutar
Man Jaiye
Sister
Jwala Daku
Agent Vinod
Kissa Kursi Ka
Haar Jeet
Hum Rahen Na Rahen
Putt Jattan De