Monday, March 24, 2014

PADMA KHANNA

Padma Khanna, the famous actress of Bollywood mainly  during 70's is a well trained  dancer who runs a Dance School in the US at Present.She has acted in several Indian languages like Hindi,Bhojpuri,Gujarati,Punjabi,Marathi etc.She directed a Bhojpuri film 'Nahir Hutal Jaya' in 2004.
Padma Khanna was born on 10 March 1949 in Varanasi and started learning dancing from the age of 7.She learnt Kathak Dance  from Guru Kishen Maharaj and advanced Kathak from Guru Gopi Krishna.
Her entry to films was at the age of 12 by a Bhojpuri film 'Bhaiyya'.She was well noticed as a Cabaret Dancer in the film 'Johny Mera Naam' in 1970.She acted in character roles and appeared in Dance sequences of many films out of which 'Saaz aur Awaz',  'Biwi aur Makan' ,  'Baherion ke Sapne' , 'Sangharsh',
 ' Dastan' , ' Hindustan Ki Kasam',  'Rampur Ka Lakshman'  'Saudagar' etc were  well noted films of Padma Khanna.She received accolades for her role in 'Heer Raanjha' which was directed by Chetan Anand.Her big break was in 'Johny Mera Naam' which was directed by Vijay Anand in which Dev Anand and Hema Malini acted as the main pair.
In the film 'Saudagar'  Nutan and Padma Khanna acted in pivotal roles in which Amitabh Bachchan acted as the hero 'Moti'.Padma Khanna acted as the character 'Phoolbanu' for which she received appreciation from the audience.
She acted in T.V. serials also and the role as 'Kaikeyi' in Ramanand Sagar's  Ramayan earned her wide appreciation and fame.
She married 'Jagdish Sidena' and resides in  New Jersey where she runs a Dance Academy.
Selected Filmography










Badi Didi
Pardesi
Seema
Lal Pathar
Lakhon Mein Ek
Hunterwali
Reshma aur Shera
Jungle Mein Mangal
Pyar Diwana
Khoon Khoon
Garibi Hatao
Anokhi Ada
Anhonee
Saudagar
Nirdosh
Naina
Jalta Badan
Hindustan Ki Kasam
Uspaar
Shaitaan
Jeevan Sangram
Badla
Naag Champa
Heera Pheri
Naukri
Sawan Ke Geet
Khoon Ka Badla Khoon
Noorie
Saboot
The Burning Train
Patitia
Geet Gaata Chal
Sawaal
Anubhav
Ghar Sansar
Mera Karam Mera Dharam
Faisla Mein Karunga
Ghar Ghar Ki kahani
Dilawar
Bhaiya
Bidesia
Basuria Baje Ganga Teer
Dagabaj Balme
Bahuna
Bhaiya Dooj
Jindri Yaar Di
Sher Puttar
Loafer
Rampur Ka Lakshman
Hera Pheri



Sunday, March 16, 2014

HELEN

Helen is the most popular on screen  cabaret dancer and perhaps the first item dancer of Indian cinema.She danced cheerfully and gracefully in to the minds of Indian audience with a bang in the 50's and continued that magic throughout 60's and 70's.
Helen was born in Burma as Helen Richardson on November 21, 1939 to an Anglo Indian Army Officer.Her father died in the second world war and her family came to Bombay.
She was introduced to films by the famous dancer Cuckoo Moray in 1953  and she got chance to dance as a chorus dancer in the film Shabistan and Awara.Very soon she became a solo dancer because of her expert  dancing skill.
Her popularity attained much heights by the dance number 'Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo' in the film 'Howrah Bridge'(1958) and the scene as well as the song sung by Geeta Dutt was liked by the audience; and obviously still loved.
Helen has danced in more than 700 films and was happy to be a dancer.A smile always clings on her face while dancing and she could always cheer-up the audience with her graceful movements.
She could act in supporting roles of many films  and in lead roles of a few movies also.Several times she was nominated for Filmfare Best Supporting actress Award.She got Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her role as Chinese wife of Vinod Khanna  in the film 'Lahu Ke Do Rang' in 1979.
Many of her dance sequences and the songs there to are hits like
'Aa Jaane Jaan'  -Film Intequam
'Piya Tu Ab To Aaja' - Film Caravan,
Mehbooba  Mehbooba' -Film Sholay,
'Yeh Mera Dil Pyar Ka Deewana' -Film Don

Helen received Filmfare  Lifetime Achievement Award  in 1998.
She is recipient of 'Padma Shri' Award from Government of India in 2009.
Her dancing career began to decline in late 70's with the arrival of new dancers like 'Jayashree.T,Kalpana Iyer,Aruna Irani,Bindu etc. and she concentrated mainly






 on acting in supporting roles.
Selected Filmography
Awara
Alif Laila
Howrah Bridge
Anari
Ganga Jamuna
China Town
Aaya Toofan
Woh Kaun Thi
Kajal
Dus Lakh
Jewel Thief
Shikkar
Talaash
The Train
Tum Haseen Mein Jawan
Caravan
Hul Chul
Hungama
Upasana
Parwana
Mere Jeewan Saathi
Dil Doulat Duniya
Apradh
Geeta Mera Naam
Madhosh
Sholay
Saazish
Imaan Dharam
Inkaar
Khoon Pasina
Amar Akbar Anthony
Don
Swarg Narak
Lahu Ke Do Rang
Billa
Shaan
Ram Balram
Mohabattein
Shararat
Marigold
Heroine

Thursday, March 13, 2014

DIVYA RANA

Divya Rana hailing from a Gujarati business family acted as heroine opposite Rajiv Kapoor in 'Ek Jaan Hai Hum' which was a beautiful film that  contained good songs also.But the film was not a success and then she was given role as second heroine in Raj Kapoor's 'Ram Teri Ganga Maili'.
She was heroine opposite  Mithun Chakraborty in the  film 'Maa Kasam'  which was directed by Shibu Mistra.Amjad Khan,Kalpana Iyer,Ranjeet,Sharat Saxena,Pran etc acted in it.
She was the female lead of 'Aakhri Muquabla' which was directed by Sudesh Issar.
Raj Kiran and Divya Rana were the leading pair of 'Woh Din Ayega'(87) which was directed by Satyan Bose.
In 1989 she acted opposite Arun Govil as the heroine of 'Aurat Aur Pathar' in which Rakesh Bedi,Sadhana Singh,Kajal Kiran,Rajan Sippy etc acted along with them.
After marriage Divya Rana quit films and stays abroad.
Selected Filmography
Ek Jaan Hai Hum






Ram Teri Ganga Maily
Maa Kasam
Param Dharam
Himmat aur Mehanat
Woh Din Ayega
Watan Ke Rakhwale
Andhaa Yudh
Ek Hi Maqsad
Agun
Akhri Muquabla
Aurat Aur Pathar
Garibon Ka Daata
Hatyara
Pucca Badmash
Anokhi Chal

Monday, March 10, 2014

RAMESWARI

Popular Bollywood actress Rameswari is a product of Pune Film and Television 
Institute and she belongs to the 1975 batch.
Rameswari is known as 'Talluri Rameswari' and hails from West Godavari,Andhrapradesh.She spent her entire childhood at Kakinada.
Rameswari has appeared only in lesser number of films but has acted in Hindi,Malayalam,Kannada,Bengali,Oriya and Bhojpuri films  which were all  well distinctive.
Her debut film 'Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye' in 1977 was a super hit movie and still remembered for her acting excellence.Her amazing ability to communicate through her emotive eyes and her enchanting smile was well noted and liked by the audience.
In 1978 her Telugu film 'Seetamalakshmi' directed by K.Viswanath was a block buster hit film and her character 'Seetalu' is still remembered and very popular.She received 'Nandi Award' for Best Actress for her performance in this film
In 79 she acted in the film 'Sunayna' opposite Naseeruddin shah as a blind girl
who sells flowers.The film was directed by Hiren Nag.
In the film 'Aasha' Jeetendra,Reena Roy and Rameswari acted in pivotal roles.
She played the role of 'Mala' who loved the truck driver 'Deepak'(Jeetendra).
Her role as 'Mallika Sumer Singh' in the film 'Maan Abhiman' was also well noted and critically acclaimed.It ws directed by Hiren Nag.Raj Kiran was the hero of this film.
In the film 'Sharada' she acted in title role Sharada' as the wife of Jeetendra's character 'Inder Malhotra'.Director was Lekh Tandon.Raj Babbar,Kalpana Iyer,Om Prakash,Madanpuri etc acted in it.
She acted in several Telugu films like 'Mangala






Toranalu,Asambhava,Pratipaksha,Chinnodu Peddodu' etc.
Her film 'Agni Pareeksha' in which she acted along with Pareekshit Sahni and Amol Palekar, Film 'Maan Maryada' opposite Naeeruddin Shah, Film 'Pyari Bhabhi with Nutan and Girish Karnad all earned accolades.

She married  FTII classmate 'Deepak Seth' who is a Punjabi film actor and producer.They have produced a Hindi film 'Hum Farishte Nahin' in 1988 and a Punjabi film 'Mein tu assi tusi' in 2007.
She got Best Supporting actress Award for a film 'Nijem' in 2003.
She has appeared in several T.V. serials in recent past.She has returned to the big screen also.
Selected Filmography
Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye
Seetamalakshmi
Mera Rakshak
Sunayana
Sampark
Saajan Mere Main Saajan Ki
Maan Abhiman
Aasha
Sharada
Agni Pareeksha
Waqt waqt Ki Baat
Aadat se Majboor
Maan Maryada
Ek Naya Ithihas
Mujhe Kasam Hai
Bhai Ke Dushman Bhai 
Chinnodu Peddodu
Mangala Toranalu
Asambhava
Pratibha
Boba Sanai
Pratipaksha
Raat Ke Baad
Bhuli Huena
Hum Farishte Nahin
Chamon Ki Saugandh
Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein
Nijam
Bunty aur Babli
F.A.L.T.U





Saturday, March 8, 2014

RADHA SALUJA

Radha Saluja is a  former Bollywood actress who was also lucky enough to act in two Tamil Films as the heroine of MGR and in a Telugu film 'Tiger' in which NTR acted together with Rajanikanth.
Radha Saluja got acting training from Film and Television Institute,Pune.Her elder sister Renu Saluja, well known film editor was also trained from that Institute in film editing.
In 1967 she was the female lead of 'Mohabbat aur Jung' and in 1969 she acted in lead role of 'Rakhi Rakhi'.
She rose to popularity by the 1971 film 'Do Raha' in which Shatrughan Sinha and Anil Dhawan acted.
In 72 her well noted film was 'Ek Muthi Aasman' directed by Virendra Sinha in which Yogita Bali acted along with her and in the same year Rehana Sultan








and Radha Saluja were the female leads of 'Haar Jeet' directed by C.P.Dixit.
She acted as heroine of some Punjabi films like 'Dukh Bhanjan Tere Naam'.'Morni' was a Punjabi film in which she acted opposite Satish Kaul.In the Punjabi film 'Kasam'  also she was heroine of Satish Kaul.
In 1975 she was the heroine of 'Idayakkani' in which MG Ramachandran was the hero.This Tamil film was directed by A.Jagannathan.
In another Tamil movie 'Indru Pol Endrum Vazhga' MGR acted opposite to her.
In a Telugu film 'Tiger' N.T.Rama Rao,Rajanikanth acted together for the first time in which Radha Saluja was the heroine.It was the 50 th film of Rajanikanth in his career.

She has also acted in a Malayalam film 'Anugraham' in 1975.
Naseeruddin Shah and Radha Saluja paired in 1981 film 'Sazaye Maut'
'Minoo' was also a well noted film of Radha Saluja in which Jagdeep acted in main role.
She acted along with Dharmendra and Hema Malini in the film 'Razia Sultan.
'Lakhon Mein Ek' was a film in which Radha Saluja,Mehmood, and Aruna Irani acted.It was directed by S.S.Balan and was a remake of Tamil film 'Ethir Neechal'.
Presently she stays in Los Angeles.

Selected Filmography
Mohabbat Aur Jung
Rakhi Rakhi
Lakhon Mein Ek
Do Raha
Chori Chori
Manavata Jahan
Haar Jeet
Sherni
Chalaak
Wahi Raat Wahi Aawaz
Man Jeete Jag Jeet
Ek Muthi Aasman
Gaal Gulabi Nain Sharabi
Wada Tere Wada
Jevan Sangram
Dukh Bhanjan Tere Naam
Morni
Idayakkani
Kasam
Ali Baba
Minoo
Jai Dwarakadheesh
Jaaye to Jaye Kahan
Maila Aanchal
Derani Jethani
Sazaye Maut
Razia Sultan
Banana Brothers

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SUPRIYA PATHAK AND RATNA PATHAK

                                                SUPRIYA PATHAK


Supriya Pathak is a well known film and TV actress and was born on 7 January 1961 in a Gujarati family.Her mother was famous character actress 'Dina Pathak' who was luminous in mother and grandmother roles of Bollywood cinema for decades.
Supriya Pathak acted in theatre before starting film career by acting in Shyam Benegal's  'Kalyug'. For her precise presentation of the character in the film she received critical acclaim and Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She was seen in such sensitive roles again in films like 'Vijeta,Bazaar,Masoom,Mirch Masala' etc.
She received Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in 'Bazaar'(82).
She acted in mainstream film 'Bekaraar' with Sanjay Dutt and Padmini Kolhapure  but was tagged in sister roles in films like 'Arjun,Shahanshah' etc.
She took a break from films after marriage with actor/director Pankaj Kapoor but returned with TV shows like Philips top 10,Khichdi,Mohandas BA,LLB etc.
She later worked in films like 'Sarkar,Wakeup Sid,Dharam,Mausam' etc.
In 2009 she was nominated for Filmfare Award as Best Supporting actress for her role in the film 'Wake up Sid'.
In 2010 she was nominated for filmfare Best Supporting actress award for role as 'Hansa Parekh' in the movie 'Khichdi'.
In 2013 she got Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in the film 'Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela'.
She appeared in several TV serials from 1985 which were very popular like 
"Darpan,Katha Sagar,Zindagi,Idhar Udhar,Philips top 10,Mohandas BA,LLB, Khichdi,Baa Bahoo Aur Baby,Remote Control,Chhanchhan' etc.
She received Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Comic role (2003) for Khichdi.
Selected Filmography
Kalyug





Vijeeta
Bazaar
Gandhi
Bekaraar
Masoom
Dharam aur Kanoon
Awaaz
Bahu Ki Awaaz
Mirch Masala
Arjun
Jhoothi
Dilwala
Shahanshah
The Bengali Night
Falak

Kamala Ki Maut
Raakh
Daata
Madhosh
Jackpot 2 crore
Bewafa
Sarkar
Dharam
Sarkar Raj
Delhi 6
Wakeup Sid
Awasthi
Mausam
Bobby Jasoos
White Lies
                                                RATNA PATHAK

Ratna Pathak is also daughter of Dina Pathak and was born on March 18, 1963. She is the sister of Supriya Pathak and wife of popular film actor Naseeruddin Shah.Ratna Pathak shah has also acted in some selective films.
She started her film career by acting in Shyam Benegal's film 'Mandi'.
She also acted in 'Mirch Masala'.
Ratna Pathak acted in several TV serials and comedy serial like 'Sarabhai vs Sarabhai' became very popular.
She acted in character roles of successful films like 'Jaane To Ya Jaane Na', 'Yun Hota to Kya Hota' etc.She acted opposite Mithun Chakraborty in 'Golmaal 3'.She also acted in Kareena starrer 'Ek Mein Ek Tu'.
Ratna Pathak Shah has acted in English films  'Heated Dust,Perfect Murder,Mr.Ahmed,The Coffin Maker'.
Other noted Hindi films are 'Encounter:The Killing, Paheli,Aladin,Khubsoorat'.

SWAROOP SAMPAT

Swaroop Sampat is winner of 1979 Miss India Contest and  represented India in 1979 Miss Universe Contest.
She is well educated and holds a  Ph.D Degree.She has researched on Dramas and effectively using it for education purposes for children with learning disabilities.
She was the heroine of 1981 film 'Nakhuda' in which she  acted with Raj Kiran  and the film was directed by 'Dilip Naik'
Then she acted as heroine of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 'Naram Garam' opposite Amol Palekar.Shatrughan Sinha,Utpal Dutt,Dina Pathak etc acted along with her in that successful film.
In the super hit film 'Himmatwala' she acted as sister of Ravi(Jeetendra), as the character Padma.
She appeared in a two piece bikini suite in Kamal Hassan starrer 'Karishma(84).
Swaroop Sampat was selected as model for 'Lux Soap' and for 'Shringar




KumKum'.
She is engaged in an education Project and travels all over India.
She appeared in many popular TV shows and serials like 'Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi and Doosra Kanoon'.
In 2013 she acted as female lead of a Gujarati film 'Saptapadi' which was produced by Amitabh Bachchan Corporation and directed by 'Niranjan Thade'.
The story revolves around a couple 'Sidharth Sanghvi and Swati Sanghvi' and Swaroop Sampath played the role of Swati Sanghvi.She received much accolades and appreciation for this role.The film was selected for 6 film festivals in 5 countries.The film is financially successful also.

Selected Filmography
Nakhuda
Naram Garam
Tumhare Bina
Sawal
Himmatwala
Karishma
Bahu Ki Awaaz

Lorie
Jaan Ki Baaz
Trikon ka Coudha Kon
Khoon Aur Sazaa
Khamosh Nigahen
Pyar Bina Jag Soona
Karam Daata
Mera Suhag
Sathiya
Saptapadi

Saturday, March 1, 2014

RAJSHRI

Rajshri was popular Bollywood actress during the 60's. She is  the daughter of great film maker V.Shantaram and actress Jayshree.Rajshri was born on Oct.8 1944.
Her father V.Shantaram died in 1990 and her mother  Jayshree died in 2004.
In 1967 Rajshri  married an American by name 'Greg Chapman' and moved to Los Angeles.She is well settled there with her husband and daughter.
Rajshri entered films as Baby Rajshree by  acting in the  film 'Subah Ka Taara'   (1954)
and in 'Stree' (1961).
Her father V.Shantaram launched her as heroine opposite Jeetendra in the film 'Geet Gaya Patharon Ne' in the year 1964.
Rajshri soon  became very famous and favourite star of the audience because of her classic beauty,excellent dancing skill and fantastic acting talent.
She acted as heroine of 'Jaanwar' opposite Shammi Kapoor in 1965 which was directed by Bhappi Sonie.In the film 'Brahmachari' also Shammi Kapoor was the hero and Rajshree was the heroine.
She was heroine in films 'Shehnai,Do Dil, and Sagai' in which Biswajeet was the hero.
In the film'Ghar Baskhe Dekho' she acted as the lead character 'Sharda Mehra' and Manoj Kumar acted opposite her.Kishore Sahu directed that film.
In the film 'Gunahon Ka Devta'(67) Jeetendra was the male lead and the film was directed by Devi Sharma.
Shashi Kapoor,Sanjay Khan and Rajshri were in pivot roles of 'Dil Ne Pukara' directed by Mohan in 1967.
She met her future husband while she was abroad for the shooting of 'Around the World' in which Raj Kapoor was the hero.It was directed by 'Pachhi'.
Selected Filmography
Subah Ka Taara
Stree
Geet Gaaya Patharon Ne
Ghar Basakhe Dekho






Janwar
Brahmachari
Gunahon Ka Devta
Dil Ne Pukara
Around the World
Muhabat Zindagi hai
Suhag Raat
Shehnai
Do Dil
Sagai
Naina
Grahasti