Sunday, November 24, 2013


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
Toofan Aur Diya
Agra Road
Dhool Ka Phool

Pehli Raat
Naya Sansar
Qaide No.911
Chhoti Bahen
Apna Ghar
Kala Bazaae
Hum Dono
Aaj Aur Kal
Kaise Kahoon
Jab Jab Phool Khile
Neend Hamari Khwab Tunhare
Pari Patni
Dharti Kahe Pukar ke
The Train
Rootha Na Karo
Woh Din Yad Karo
Naya Nasha
Ahiste Ahiste
Prem Rog

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