Sadhana, actress

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Sadhana: with Sunil Dutt in Waqt (1965).This was one of her few swimsuit appearances; she also appeared in one in Budtameez. (See Shammi Kapoor
(Sadhana) and her BFFs under a waterfall in Rajkumar (1964). Sadhana played a tribal princess in the film.
Till the 1990s, when the tribal genre was finally abandoned by Hindi-Urdu cinema, in all films with some tribal characters there would be an almost mandatory sequence showing tribal women bathing in a stream or under a waterfall. This was done partly because Filmistan wanted to reassure urban audiences that the tribals (only the women and never the men) bathed regularly, and partly to take the message of regular ablutions to the tribals.
Waqt (1965): (Sadhana) tells (Sunil Dutt) that he is entering the wrong, i.e. the women’s, shower cabin. She stops him from entering the blue door!
Waqt (1965): (Sadhana) slips in the water around the outdoor shower; (Sunil Dutt) steadies her.
And film journalists had the nerve to make fun of Sridevi's 'thunder thighs.'
Waqt (1965): Despite director Yash Chopra’s pretences to Western sophistication, this meant that the female (Sadhana) went to the blue shower room, while the man (Sunil Dutt) was directed to the pink shower room.
Waqt (1965): (Sadhana) begins to take her swimsuit off in the blue shower room.
Waqt (1965): While (Sadhana) is doing so, (Sunil Dutt) offscreen, switches off the lights of her cabin from some switch in his shower cabin! Mercifully, modern hotel swimming pools no longer offer this facility to the male partner in the pink room.
Waqt (1965): The sudden darkness causes (Sadhana) to freeze in panic.
This was considered the most erotic sequence ever shown in an Indian film till then because of the implied stripping off of the swimsuit’s top.
It was also applauded for the way it built up tension in the mind of the third angle of the film’s love triangle. (Raaj Kumar) was in the corridor outside the two adjacent shower rooms, eavesdropping on the lovebirds’ conversation, seething with jealousy, and unconsciously lighting matchstick after matchstick.
Sadhna in Budtameez (1966)
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Personal details

Full name: Sadhana Shivdasani

Born: September 2, 1941 in Karach

Biographical details

Avijit Ghosh Dec 26 2015 PTI

Actor Sadhana will be remembered for many songs, sequences and films. But, her fringe haircut -that millions of teenage girls imitated, and who are all senior citizens today -was a rage which astonishingly found its way to Bihar's political phenomenon Lalu Prasad's forehead in his younger days.

Then, there is the defini tive wolf-whistle track from the film, Mera Saaya, `Jhumka gira re', where her shimmy caused pandemonium in mofussil theatres and immortalised a woman's earrings into a totem of desire.But, most importantly , it was Sadhna's impressive catalogue of box-office super hits -`Mere Mehboob', `Woh Kaun Thi', `Arzoo', `Waqt' -that made her a favorite of top filmmakers in the mid-1960s. A Karachi-born Sindhi, whose family fled to Mumbai in the violent days of Partition -Shivdasani is her maiden surname -Sadhana was named after the 1940s Bengali actor Sadhana Bose.

She acted in the first Sindhi film, ` Abana', but was re-introduced along with Joy Mukerji as new sensations in `Love in Simla' (1960) made by premier production house Filmalaya. In the role of a tomboy who discovers the raptures of love after resisting its pull, she was immediately marked for stardom. The film was directed by R K Nayyar, whom she married later.

In her black and white days of early 1960s, Sadhana largely played a range of roles sans glamour which became her calling card as the decade advanced. Bimal Roy's `Prem Patra' and `Parakh' (where she lipsynced two superlative Salil Chowdhury melodies, `O.. sajana .. barkha bahar aayee' and `Mila hai kisi ka humka'), `Hum Dono', `Manmauji', `Ek Musafir Ek Haseena' and ` Asli Naqli' broadly belong to this category.

With the arrival of colour, as heroines became flippant and urbanised as per the demands of plot or the lack of it, Sadhana slipped effortlessly into the new order. But before that she got to play Husna, the sort of girl every man with poetry in his heart would fall or. No film framed her beauty better than HS Rawail's `Mere Mehboob' (1963), a coy romantic Muslim social that became the year's biggest box-office success.

In `Waqt' and `Arzoo', two blockbusters of 1965, Sadhana was at her prime where she typified the commercial heroine of the era: stylish and always ready to be serenaded by a song. It was around this period that her face became synonymous with beauty accessories and the calendar in men's sa loons. She had become a style icon. Even though her sleeveless kurtas and suffocating, hip-hugging churidaars could choke a stray insect, tailors were ordered to make it tighter by eager fans.

A thyroid problem took away her svelte and sizzle.But Sadhana continued to appear in films. The hits had dried up by the early 1970s though Devendra Goel's `Ek Phool Do Mali' (1969) was an exception. Even Rajesh Khanna in his prime delivered flop with her in `Dil, Daulat aur Duniya' (1972). Her last hit was the thriller `Geeta Mera Naam', where she was both the leading lady and the director, a first of sorts.

By the late 1970s, Sadhana had faded away . But her strong inventory ensures that she will continue to be seen on classic cinema channels on TV . And the haircut that goes by her name will endure long after the RJD supremo retires from politics.

Actor Sadhana, 74, passed away following a brief illness in Mumbai in Dec 2015.


As an actress

1958 Abana (Sindhi)

1959 Bus Conductor

1960 Love in Simla

1960 Parakh

1962 Asli-Naqli

1962 Ek Musafir Ek Hasina

1962 Hum Dono

1962 Man-Mauji

1962 Prem Patra

1963 Mere Mehboob

1964 Dulha Dulhan

1964 Picnic

1964 Rajkumar

1964 Woh Kaun Thi?

1965 Arzoo

1965 Waqt

1966 Budtameez

1966 Gaban

1966 Mera Saaya

1967 Anita

1968 Stree

1969 Ek Phool Do Mali

1969 Intaquam

1969 Sachaai

1970 Ishq Par Zor Nahin

1971 Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee

1972 Dil Daulat Duniya

1973 Hum Sab Chor Hain

1974 Chhote Sarkar

1974 Geetaa Mera Naam

1975 Vandana

1977 Amaanat

1981 Mahfil

1994 Ulfat Ki Nayee Manzilen

As a director

1974 Geetaa Mera Naam

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