Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Leena Chandavarkar is a former Bollywood actress who acted as heroine in several movies of 1969-79 period opposite all top heroes and fascinated millions of hearts with her elegance and acting dexterity.
Leena Chandavarkar was born on 29 August 1950 in the Dharwar/Karwar region of Karnataka state in a Marathi speaking family.Her father was an Army Officer.
She won a talent competition held by Filmfare and thus appeared as a model for advertisements.Sunil Dutt spotted her and invited to act in his film 'Man Ka Meet' in 1968 opposite his brother Som Dutt.Actress Nargis groomed her by giving her lessons in Hindi,Driving and dancing etc.
Later she became a top heroine and acted opposite Jeetendra,Dharmendra,Rajesh Khanna,Sanjeev Kumar,Dilip Kumar,Sanjay Khan,Sunil Dutt,Satrughan Sinha etc.She did not prefer to act too glamorous  despite competition from others  but earned  the love and admiration of the audience with her natural  beauty and  superb acting skill.
Her performance in the film Mehboob ki Mehndi of 1971  opposite Rajesh

Khanna was excellent.Like that her performance in the film 'Bairaag' opposite Dilip Kumar also earned much accolades.
In the year 1970 Leena acted opposite Jeetendra in the hit film 'Hunjoli' which was directed by Ramanna.It was the remake of the Tamil film 'Panakkara Kudumbam'.
In 1971 her film Rakhwala was a musical entertainer in which Dharmendra was the hero.
One of the well noted comedy character of Sanjeev Kumar was in Leena's film 'Manchali' which was released in 1973.
The suspense thriller 'Chor Chor' of 1974 was not a box office hit, but Leena was beautiful,romantic and lovely in that film in which Producer/Director Vijay Anand was the hero.
Jeetendra was the hero of 'Bidaai' in 74 and Sanjeev Kumar her pair in the film 'Apne Rang Hazaar' which was directed by Ravi Tandon in 1975,
Shatrughan Sinha acted opposite Leena in the 1977 film 'Yaaron Ka Yaar' and Sunil Dutt was her pair in the movie 'Aakhri Goli' of the same year.
Leena got married to Siddharth Bandolkar but was widowed at the age of 25.Later in 1980 she married playback singer Kishore Kumar but he died in 1987.She has a son with Kishore Kumar  named Sumit Ganguly.
Leena appears in some T.V.Shows and also as Judge of T.V.reality shows at present.
Selected Filmography
Man Ka Meet
Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
Mehboob Ki Mehndi
Mein Sundar Hoon
Jane Anjane
Dil Ka Raja
Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara
Chor Chor
Apne Rang Hazaar
Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka
Yaaron Ki Yaar
Naami Chora
Ur Jawan

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