Friday, December 20, 2013


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)'.

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