Thursday, May 15, 2014


Actress Sonia Sahni's father was from Lahore and mother was from Peshawar and the family had settled in Kashmir before partition.Her father who was a mining engineer by profession died when Sonia was only six months old.She was the youngest of the seven sisters and two brothers and they were brought up by their mother who was a teacher.
Sonia used to act in plays at school  while she was a student , and  on one occasion while she was a tenth class student her acting in a play was watched by a film unit members that happened to reach there.Producer/director Roop Shourie and I.S.Johar were among them and I.S.Johar wanted to cast her for his next  project 'Johar Mehmood in Goa'.She was called for that film only after two years and during that period she studied for two years at College.
The film ' Johar Mehmood at Goa' was a silver Jubilee hit.
Sonia signed a five year contrat with I.S.Johar and during that period she could act only in films of I.S.Johar.The films of I.S.Johar were liked by the common working class people since they were comedy films and were meant for pure entertainment purpose.She worked with Mehmood,Kishore Kumar,Sanjeev Kumar,Dev Kumar,Sujit Kumar etc during that period.

'Maya' was a jungle theme film of I.S.Johar in 1966 which was directed by 'John Berry'.
She was heroine of I.S.Johar films like 'Johar in Kashmir,Johar in Bombay,Mera Naam Johar' etc during the next few years.
She acted opposite Dev Anand in 'Akalmand' (66) in which Kishore Kumar,I.S.Johar also acted.
After her contract period with I.S.Johar, she acted as heroine of several B grade films such as 'Bandish,Sasta Khoon Mengha Pyar,Raate Ke Andhere Mein,Kaun Ho Tum' etc.
Later she acted as second lead in  many movies of  popular heroines such as Hema Malini,Waheeda Rehman,Parveen Babi,Zeenat Aman,Rekha' etc.

She could also act opposite heroes like 'Dharmendra,Raj Kapoor,Raj Kumar,Dev Anand,Sanjeev Kumar' etc.
In the 1970 film 'Sharafat' Dharmendra and Hema Malini were the lead pair and it was directed by Asit Sen.She acted as the character 'Rekha' in that film.

In the film 'Darpan'(70) in which Sunil Dutt and Waheeda Rehman were the lead pair she acted as the character Bijli.
She was heroine of 'Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong(1971) directed by S.A.Akbar.
She was heroine of 1971 film 'Hulchul' which was a suspense thriller hit film.
It shows what does a good citizen do when he hears or sees some potential criminal activity.

Sonia portrayed the character 'Lily' in the super hit film 'Andaz(71) in which Shammi Kapoor,Hema Malini,Rajesh Khanna,Simi Garewal' etc acted.The film was directed by Ramesh Sippy.

In the 1973 film 'Bobby' produced and directed by Raj Kapoor, she acted as Mrs.Sushma Nath, wife of Pran's  character Nath and mother of hero 'Raj' who was Rishi Kapoor.

In the 1997 film 'Aflatoon' in which Akshay Kumar was the hero, Sonia Sahni portrayed the role of a College Professor.

Selected Filmography
Johar Mehmood in Goa
Johar in Kashmir
Johar in Bombay
Mera Naam Johar
Raate Ke Andhere Mein
Kaun Ho Tum
Heer Ranjha
Johar Mehmood in HongKong
Buddha  Mil Gaya
Jungal Mein Mangal
Wahi Raat Wahi Awaz
36 Ghante
Dharam Karam
Maha Chor
Shankar Dada
Chacha Bhatija
Kaala Aadmi
Ladke Baap Se Badke
Maan Gaye Ustaad
Lal Chunariya
Do Gulab
Meri Adalat
Ganga Ki Beti
Anari No.1
Phool Aur Aag

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