Popular Star and style icon Sadhana Shivdasani passed away on Christmas Day, i.e. Friday 25th December, 2015 in Mumbai. She was 74 years old. Sadhana Shivdasani was the top actress of the 1960s and 70s. She is remembered for her roles in blockbuster movies like Love in Simla, Hum Dono and Arzoo.
A famous hairstyle first fashioned by her that was Sadhana cut in the year 1960s. That made her famous as a part of Indian culture. Born in a Sindhi family in Karachi, British India, Shivdasani was named after her father’s favorite actress-dancer Sadhana Bose.
The actress was detected with a tumor and had been battling cancer for a very long time. In December 2014, the lady underwent an emergency surgery for a bleeding oral lesion. A close family friend confirmed the news that on the 25th of December, 2015; to IANS saying, “Sadhana breathed her last at her home this morning.”
Sadhana aspired to be an actress since childhood. In 1955 she played a chorus girl in the song “Mur mur ke na dekh mur mur ke” in Raj Kapoor’s Shree 420. R.K. Nayyar who had previously worked as assistant director on few films created her trademark look, called Sadhana cut, inspired from Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn.
Alongside Love in Simla, Sadhana was signed by acclaimed director Bimal Roy for his satirical film on Indian democracy, Parakh. In 1961’s other hit Hum Dono she played the love interest of Dev Anand. The Rafi – Asha duet “Abhi Na Jaao Chodkar” remains evergreen.
In 1963, Shivdasani played her first role in a technicolour film Mere Mehboob directed by H.S.Rawail. The scene where Rajendra Kumar encounters Shivdasani for the first time and sees her eyes through her burqa stands as one of the most remarkable scenes of Hindi film industry.
Shivdasani in 1964 played her remarkable double role in the first of the suspense-thriller trilogy, Woh Kaun Thi? Through this role she got to be part of Lata Mangeshkar – Madan Mohan’s all time classics like “Naina Barse” and “Lag Ja Gale”.
Shivdasani got her second Filmfare nomination as Best Actress for the role of Meena in Yash Chopra’s directorial saga Waqt (1965). The film proved to be 1965’s “Blockbuster.” She starred in the successful movies Intaquam (1969), Ek Phool Do Mali (1969), and Geeta Mera Naam (1974), which she had directed.
Despite the fact that many of Shivdasani’s films fared very well at the box office, she did not receive any of the leading awards of the film industry. She was nominated for the Filmfare Award in Best Actress category for her roles in Woh Kaun Thi? and Waqt. For her contribution towards the film industry, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the IIFA in 2002.
We will always remember the Legend actress of Bollywood for her best contribution in film industry
May Almighty gives her soul rest in peace…
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