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1) Nanda had planned a double wedding with Waheeda

Roshmila Bhattacharya,Mumbai Mirror | Mar 26, 2014,

The Times of India

2) Yesteryear actress Nanda passes away

TNN | Mar 25, 2014


3)The Times of India


Nanda was the daughter of Master Vinayak Damodar Karnataki and Meenaxi. She was the great-niece of Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram. She belonged to a show-business family.

As a child she was tutored at home by renowned school-teacher and Scouts Commissioner Gokuldas Vissomal Makhi.

Early career

After her father, actor-director Vinayak Damodar's, death at the age of 41, Nanda became a child artiste at the age of 8 to support her mother and seven siblings. Nanda started her film career as a child artiste with the screen name Baby Nanda in the film 'Jaggu'. She got her first break as the lead actress in successful V Shantaram's 'Toofan aur Diya', a successful film that revolved around a brother-sister bond.

Mohan Churiwala, a close associate of Dev Anand, reveals that Nanda was not keen to play his Chhoti behen (younger sister). The title role of L V Prasad's Chhoti Bahen and its superhit rakhsha bandhan song Bhaiya mere rakhee ke bandhan ko nibhana made Nanda a true blue star.

Her uncle V Shantaram's Toofan Aur Diya in '56, followed by Bhabhi in '57, had slotted her as the long-suffering sister/sister-in-law. Buzz is that the stream of de-glam roles almost triggered off a nervous breakdown.

"Dev saab assured her that he'd cast her as his heroine in the next film and even though the writer of Hum Dono was pushing for Meena Kumari, he signed Nanda as the Major's ailing wife, while Sadhana romanced the other Dev," Churiwala says, adding that Dev was wowed by the fact that emotional Nanda continued to shed real tears 10 minutes after a rona-dhona was okayed in Kaala Baazar.

But despite the tears, Nanda was all laughter off-screen. Vijay Anand's longtime chief assistant Prem Prakash recalls how much she and her elder sister Meena laughed during the narration of Kala Bazaar, recalling [that] the director as an actor in Agra Road who had accidently dropped his glasses during a comic moment.

After Hum Dono, Dev signed Nanda for Teen Deviyan, whose English version, Oh Boy, Three Girls, never released. These hits were followed by the songless Kanoon and Aanchal . Nanda had received her first Filmfare nomination for the film 'Bhabhi' in the supporting role category. While she did not receive that, she got her Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1960 for 'Aanchal' Suddenly, she was an A-lister but she was always ready to work with newcomers.

One such newbie was Shashi Kapoor. They worked in eight films together, the third Jab Jab Phool Khile turned the tables for him. Nanda too broke away from her 'gharelu' image with her turn as a glamorous 'pardesi'. (Nanda starrer Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965)became inspiration for hit Bollywood film Raja Hindustani (1996)starring Aamir Khan and Karisma Kapoor.) Her favorite song that was picturized on her was "Yeh Sama" from the hit film "Jab Jab Phool Khile" (1965).

Actor Shashi Kapoor acted with her in several films, their most famous being the superhit film "Jab Jab Phool Khile" (1965). He later said that she was his favorite leading lady.Nanda had 5 hits with Shashi Kapoor in 60's - Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain (1965), Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965), Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare (1966), Raja Saab(1969) and Rootha Na Karo(1970) and three films were critically acclaimed but were box-office flops - Char Diwari(1961), Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath(1962) and Huaari in 1968.

Nanda was often compared to her senior, the legendary Meena Kumari. The two finally came together in Abhilasha (1968) but the film didn't prove memorable. (It was known for timeless music, though.)

Nanda did a couple of negative role in her career. In Aashiq, she played a manipulative wife while in Yash Chopra's Ittefaq, she was the murderess. She gambled with Yash Chopra's Ittefaq which saw her play an "immoral character", who dies in the end of the film. Then after two more films with Rajesh Khanna, The Train and Joru Ka Ghulam, she announced her retirement in '72 when still at her peak.

some of Nanda's biggest hits came at end of her career as the lead heroine in Ittefaq (a success, not a hit(, The Train and Joru Ka Ghulam opposite Superstar Rajesh Khanna in increasing order of box-office revenue.

She made an exception for Manoj Kumar, playing a small role in his Shor, followed up with two flops, Chhalia and Naya Nasha, then disapeared, only to return in '82 with Prem Rog, Ahista Ahista and Mazdoor. In all three she played Padmini Kolhapure's mother .

Friendship with Waheeda Rehman

Waheeda Rehmaan and Nanda were best friends: Her best friend was actress Waheeda Rehman, and they had co-starred together in Kala Bazar (1960).

In an industry where Bollywood's biggest actresses are known for their infamous cat fights, Waheeda Rehman and Nanda shared a great friendship despite of being contemporaries. Their friendship started ever since they worked together in the film Kaala Bazaar. In fact Waheeda was the one who convinced Nanda to get married to Manmohan Desai and they got engaged in 1992. Apart from Waheeda, the veteran actress also shared an amazing camaraderie with other actors like Asha Parekh, Sadhana, Helen, and Shammi who regularly meet for lunch.

The age-defying friendship with Waheeda Rehman started when the smiling face of 'Baby' Nanda on the poster of the Marathi film Shevgyache Shenga caught Waheeda's eye every time she passed Plaza Cinema.

It was on the stairs of Central Studio that the two actresses first met. Nanda (then a struggler) who was filming Naya Sansar greeted Waheeda who was shooting Kaagaz Ke Phool, but Waheeda, then a famous actress, was lost in thought and did not respond. The friendship of a lifetime might have been nipped in the bud, had the two not been cast together in Kala Bazaar.

Nanda had planned a double wedding with Waheeda and insisted it would be a love marriage. She got engaged to filmmaker Manmohan Desai in 1992. They didn't tie the knot in nearly two years. The relationship met a tragic end when on March 1, 1994, the director climbed the water tank on his terrace and jumped off.

There was talk of a property dispute between Desai and son Ketan, financial problems, his chronic back pain and depression following the debacle of Anmol, his last directorial. Whatever the reasons, the last time an inconsolable Nanda saw her 'Man' was at the hospital. She remained unmarried till the end. And elusive.

She didn't make public appearances and made this clear to Dev Anand when he invited her for the premiere of the re-released, colourised Hum Dono Rangeen. But she saw the coloured film with his family at a private screening at Ketnav Studio. During the interval she came out smiling, eagerly awaiting the second half when she comes into her own.

Veteran Hindi film actress Nanda passed away on March 25, 2014. She was 75. The Filmistan veteran was known for her good little girl image.

Nanda remained unmarried for life: The veteran Bollywood actress who romanced several top Bollywood actors on the silver screen remained unmarried for life. During the shooting of the hit film Jab Jab Phool Khile in 1965, director of the film Suraj Prakash shared an incident that a very good-looking Maharashtrain lieutenant colonel was awestruck by Nanda's beauty and had even sent a marriage proposal to her mother but nothing happened on that front. It is also said that her brothers brought many marriage proposals for her but she turned them down. Also after a lot of persuasion from close friend Waheeda Rehmaan, a middle aged Nanda got engaged to filmmaker Manmohan Desai but before the marriage could take place Manmohan died after falling from the terrace of his flat in Mumbai.

Highest paid leading lady: Nanda, who has done some unforgettable work was one of the highest paid actresses of her time. She was the second highest paid Hindi actress along-with Nutan from 1960-1965 and second highest paid Hindi actress in 1966-1969 along-with Nutan and Waheeda and third highest paid Hindi actress with Sadhana from 1970-1973.

Some of her biggest hits came at the end of her career: Nanda, who received her first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1960 for 'Aanchal' has had a glorious career. However, one of the interesting facts about her Bollywod career is that the timeless beauty had some of the biggest hits at the end of her career. Some of her super-hit films that released during the end of her career as the lead heroine were in Ittefaq, The Train and Joru Ka Ghulam opposite Superstar Rajesh Khanna in increasing order of box-office revenue. These films not only starred some of the reigning Bollywood superstars of her time but also earned more than her earlier hits opposite Shashi Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar, Dev Anand, Sanjeev Kumar and Jeetendra.


1952 Jaggu

1954 Angarey

1956 Devghar

1956 Shatranj

1956 Toofan Aur Deeya

1957 Bandi

1957 Bhabhi

1957 Laxmi

1957 Sakshi Gopal

1958 Dulhan

1959 Barkha

1959 Chhoti Bahen

1959 Dhool Ka Phool

1959 Naya Sansar

1959 Pehli Raat

1959 Qaidi No. 911

1959 Zara Bachke

1960 Aanchal

1960 Apna Ghar

1960 Chand Mere Aja

1960 Jo Huwa So Bhool Jao

1960 Kala Bazar

1960 Kanoon

1960 Usne Kaha Tha

1961 Amar Rahe Ye Pyar

1961 Char Diwari

1962 Aashiq

1962 Hum Dono

1962 Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath

1962 Ummeed

1963 Aaj Aur Kal

1963 Nartakee

1964 Kaise Kahoon

1964 Mera Qasoor Kya Hai

1965 Akashdeep

1965 Teen Devian

1965 Bedaag

1965 Gumnaam

1965 Jab Jab Phool Khile

1965 Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain

1966 Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare

1966 Pati Patni

1968 Abhilasha

1968 Juaari

1968 Parivar

1969 Badi Didi

1969 Beti

1969 Dharti Kahe Pukarke

1969 Ittefaq

1969 Raja Saab

1970 Rootha Na Karo

1970 The Train

1971 Woh Din Yaad Karo

1971 Adhikar

1972 Joroo Ka Ghulam

1972 Shor

1973 Chhalia

1973 Naya Nasha

1974 Asliyat

1974 Jurm Aur Sazaa

1977 Prayashchit

1980 Qatil Kaun

1981 Ahista Ahista

1982 Prem Rog

1983 Mazdoor

1991 Aur Dhol Bajta Raha

1995 Diya Aur Toofan

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