Saturday, December 28, 2013


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
Beharen Phir Bhi Ayegi
Bhoot Bungalow 
Nai Umer Ki Nai Fasal
Aaj Aur Kal
Hamari Yaad Ayegi
Mam Didi
Hamari Beti
Kaam Chor
Mere Jiwan Saathi
Haathi Mere Saathi
Ek Baar Muskura Do
Pavitra Paapi
Unad Maina
Antony Firinjee
Prtothom Kadam Phool
Ek Paheli
Paise Ya Pyar

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