100 Indian Celebrities and Their Bios
#1. Amitabh Bachchan Biography:
This is the story of an actor who endured rejection. Everyone said. Who would want to work with him? But he became the megastar of the century whom we know as Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh Bachchan was born on 11 October 1942 in Allahabad.
His father was the great poet Harivanshrai Bachchan and mother was Teji Bachchan. At birth he was named Inquilaab. It is believed that this was the time when the quit India movement was on. It is believed that this was the time when the quit India movement was on. And everyone had revolution in mind. That’s why he was named Inquilaab. It is believed that this was the time when the quit India movement was on. And everyone had revolution in mind. That’s why he was named Inquilaab.
Everyone knows that Amitabh started his acting career with Saath Hindustani. It is to be noted that the upcoming artist Tinu Anand of that time had sent Amitabh’s photo to K.A. Abbas. Because Tinu Anand didn’t want to do that role in that movie. Because Tinu Anand didn’t want to do that role in that movie. He had got the opportunity to be Satyajit Ray’s assistant director. Hence Amitabh’s name came to the fore.
But before we talk about his acting career.. ..it should be noted.. ..that his voice was rejected by All India Radio not once but twice. But surprisingly he earned money first as a voice over artist. Yes. He did the narration for the movie Bhuvan Shom….for which he received 300 rupees. Amitabh was so broke that when he came to Mumbai quitting his job in Kolkata…he had to spend some nights on the footpaths of Marine Drive. There was a time when he tried acting as an extra. And he was supposed to get some money. But before he could work as an extra….legendary actor Shashi Kapoor spotted him.
He scolded him and said. You are meant for greater roles. You’ll not be able to make a career by doing small time roles. And got Amitabh out of that movie. Shashi Kapoor was right.
All of us know what happened next. When people talk about Amitabh..people talk about his godfather Hrishikesh Mukherjee first…who signed him for the movies Anand and Guddi. He was thrown out of Guddi because he was acting so well in Anand….that Hrishikesh Mukherjee thought why should be given a small role in Guddi. That is how he was replaced by another actor.
Everyone knows that great actors had rejected the story of Zanjeer.And someone this movie landed in Amitabh’s lap.And from this film the image of an angry young man came to the fore. But if we rewind a little we get to know….that Amitabh’s image of a angry young man came to the fore first..in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s movie Namak Haram. 70’s was a decade of change. On one hand romantic movies were weaving their magic. And on the other hand angst among the people was rising. It came on the silver screen through Amitabh’s acting. And he became angry young man. The superstar.
Amitabh Bachchan made a great pairing with great directors. Be it Yash Chopra or Prakash Mehra. Be it Ramesh Sippy or the giant of entertaining movies Manmohan Desai. On one hand Amitabh’s career was flourishing.No other star came even close to him. An accident happened which could’ve killed him.
He got injured in the movie Coolie and it seemed like..this superstar would leave us for good. But doctors kept their fight going in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital. On the other hand his fans kept praying for him. Doctor’s efforts and prayers worked, And Amitabh Bachchan was out of danger. Then came a time in his life when he tried his hand at politics. He was elected as a member of parliament from his birth place Allahabad. But soon enough he was in a lot of controversy and he quit politics. If we turn our attention towards Amitabh’s personal life..we come to know that he got married to Jaya Bhaduri. The story of Amitabh’s marriage was just as weird. Everyone knew that Amitabh and Jaya Bhaduri liked each other a lot. And they get along really well. Amit and Jaya had planned that if Zanjeer is a hit..they’ll go abroad for a vacation. But Amitabh’s parents..Harivansharai Bachchan and Teji Bahchan made it clear.
And only then can they go. And this is how Amitabh and Jaya got married in a hurry. They had two children from this marriage. Daughter Shweta Bachchan and son Abhishek Bachchan. There was a time in his life..where his films were not fairing as well as expected, And then he decided that after the movie Khuda Gawah….he would take a sabbatical. He also floated a company called ABCL.
He suffered quite a bit of losses in business. And then he realized that he is meant for acting. And he went back to acting.That is when he saw a ray of hope. And that ray of hope was Kaun Banega Crorepati. Yes. He was seen on the small screen for the first time and Kaun Banega Crorepati turned out to be a big hit. Amitabh worked with the greatest of heroes. And with the changing times he said just one thing to all the superstars.Amitabh Bachchan did all that people thought was impossible.Amitabh’s name will always be taken with a great deal of pride….in the history of Indian cinema.
#2. Aamir Khan – Biography
This is the story of Mr. Perfectionist. Yes. His name is Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan.
He is not only an actor, but also a producer, a director….and a superstar. Aamir Khan was born on 14th March 1965 in Mumbai. His father is Tahir Hussain. He was a well-known producer. His mother is Zeenat Hussain. His uncle is Nasir Hussain, the great producer and director. His films were simply outstanding. Aamir Khan is the eldest son. He has a brother named Faisal Khan. And two sisters named Farhat and Nikhat. His nephew Imran Khan also became a great hero.
When Aamir Khan was a child, he was seen as a child artist….in his uncle Nasir Hussain’s movie ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’.Child Aamir can be seen in the song, ‘The heart is immersed in memories’.His father made a movie ‘Madhosh’. Aamir was seen playing a famous actor….Mahendra Sandhu’s younger version. Aamir Khan attended J.B. Petit school for his pre-primary education. Later he studied at St. Anne’s High School, Bandra..until eighth grade. He completed his ninth and tenth grade at the Bombay Scottish School, Mahim. He was a brilliant tennis player. He was a state level champion. He did further studies from Mumbai’s Narsee Monjee college. His father was a well-known producer. But his films failed to do good business. Due to which he spent his childhood in constant fear. At times he felt he will be expelled from school. Because his father won’t be able to pay fees. Gradually Aamir Khan entered the film industry. Although his father didn’t want Aamir Khan…to make his career in an uncertain area like film industry. He had made a great experimental film….called ‘Paranoia’. Due to this film Aamir Khan got interested in acting and filmmaking.
He played a small role in a Gujarati drama called ‘Kesar Bina’. By the time Aamir Khan finished his schooling.. ..he had decided that he will work in his uncle…Nasir Hussain’s films as an assistant director. That is what happened. Aamir worked as an assistant director….in movies like ‘Manzil Manzil’ and ‘Zabardast’. When famous scriptwriter and lyrics writer Javed Akhtar…saw Aamir Khan for the first time with Nasir Hussain….he said, “Why have you made him an assistant director? “He looks like a star material. He should be a hero.”Nobody knew that Mr. Javed’s words will come true.
Aamir Khan made it come true. And he became a superstar. Aamir Khan acted in Ketan Mehta’s film ‘Holi’. This film showed the pain of ragging that happens in Indian colleges. In the film’s credits Aamir Khan’s name.. ..was mentioned as Aamir Hussain. Nasir Hussain thought of launching his son Mansoor Khan. Mansoor Khan was chosen as director. And nephew Aamir Khan was selected as hero. The heroine was Juhi Chawla.
The movie was ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. That’s it. Aamir Khan took the song ‘My father says I will be famous’.. ..so literally that he and Mansoor Khan.. ..garnered tremendous fame. He won Filmfare best male debut award. During that time ‘Raakh’ movie was released. It was made by his friend Aditya Bhattacharya. Pankaj Kapur was also in the film. Aamir Khan won critical acclaim for this film as well. Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla became a successful pair. Aamir’s comic timing, his romance….his way of singing songs, everything was liked by public.Be it Pooja Bhatt or Madhuri Dixit…Aamir made a wonderful pair with all of them. ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’, ‘Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke’….’Rangeela’, ‘Andaz Apna Apna’….each film showcased his talent brilliantly. There came a time when Aamir Khan’s films….weren’t doing good business at the box office. That’s when he gave ‘Lagaan’ to the film industry.Although prior to ‘Lagaan’, ‘Sarfarosh’….’Raja Hindustani’ were super hit at box office. But there were some multi-starrer films…that didn’t live up to the expectation. Despite being a superstar, Aamir Khan….played a negative role in Deepa Mehta’s film ‘Earth’.
‘Lagaan’, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, ‘Sarfarosh’…were all super hit films. And then Aamir Khan decided to direct films. He directed ‘Taare Zameen Par’. It was a brilliant film. Extremely emotional. With a social message. Then whether it was ‘Ghajini’ or ‘Dhoom-3’. or ‘Dangal’ or ‘Rang De Basanti’ or ‘3 Idiots’. Aamir Khan was simply outstanding in all films. His films earned billions not only in India but also in overseas market. ‘Lagaan’ was selected for Oscars too. But it lost to ‘No Man’s Land’. He launched his nephew Imran Khan in.. ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’. Aamir ventured into television too. With television series ‘Satyamev Jayate’. He spoke about social issues. And he tried to change things. He hosted a Marathi show as well. ‘Toofan Aalaya’.
He spoke about water conservation. He learnt Marathi especially for the show. If we talk about his personal life.. ..during the shoot of ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. he fell in love with Reena Dutta.
He got married on 18th April 1986. He has two children with her. His son’s name is Junaid and his daughter’s name is Ira. But in 2002 Reena and Aamir got separated. Kiran Rao came in Aamir Khan’s life. She was Ashutosh Gowariker’s assistant director.. in ‘Lagaan’ movie.
He has a son with her. His name is Azad Rao. His son was born through surrogacy. He had discord with his younger brother Faizal Khan. He lost his younger brother Faizal Khan’s custody to his father. His father died on 2nd February 2010. Aamir Khan took his mother to Haj. Both the times he got married to Hindu girls. He is also a socialist. Like Aamir Khan supported ‘Narmada Bachao Andolan’. He has left a mark of perfectionism everywhere. Truly. If we don’t mention a superstar like Aamir Khan.. ..then the history of Indian cinema will remain incomplete.
#3. Ajay Devgan
Today we’re going to talk about Vishal Devgan. His father had decided that his eldest born child would work in the film industry. Though he couldn’t become a hero himself he was determined. to make his son a hero. The dreams of action director Veeru Devgan came true. His son Vishal became famous as Ajay Devgan in the film industry. Ajay Devgan was born on 2nd April, 1969. His father Veeru Devgan was action director.
He launched his son in films and proved that an action director’s son can be a super-star. The name of Ajay’s mom is Veena. She was a film producer. His brother Anil Devgan became a film-maker and screenplay-writer. Ajay did his schooling from Silver Beach High School, Juhu. He went to Mithibai College for higher studies. His debut film ‘Phool Aur Kante’ released in 1991. He danced and fought his way into people’s heart. His famous motorcycle stunt is still fresh in everybody’s memory. Ajay Devgan performed as an action hero in the beginning of his career.
.. in films like ‘Phool Aur Kante’, ‘Suhaag’, ‘Jigar’. The audience also got to see him perform emotional roles.. which were different from his action roles. He acted in films like ‘Naajayaz’, ‘Diljale’ and ‘Zakhm’. He also featured in the comedy film ‘Ishq’.. starring Juhi Chawla, Kajol and Amir Khan. In the 1990s Ajay Devgan proved that.he was one of the most talented actors in the film industry.
He was awarded with the National Award for the Best actor..for the film ‘Zakhm’. He then acted in the famous movie ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’. Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai featured as lovers in the film. The film was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. But his mature acting made the film memorable. It seemed as if Ajay Devgan was gradually shifting.. from commercial films to art films. But, then he proved everybody wrong by acting in movies based on the underworld. Who can forget Ram Gopal Verma’s film ‘Company’?
Ajay Devgan is one of those few actors who..played the roles of both hero and villain. He featured as a villain in the film ‘Deewangee’. He acted as a national hero in the film ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’. He acted in serious films; like Rituparno Ghosh’s ‘Raincoat’. Prakash Jha’s ‘Gangajal’, Mani Ratnam’s ‘Yuva’. Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Omkara’. Then he broke the image of a serious actor and featured.. ..in his friend Rohit Shetty’s films. ‘Golmaal Fun Unlimited’, ‘Golmaal Returns’, ‘All the best, fun begins’..’Golmaal 3′, ‘Bol Bachchan’, ‘Son of Sardar’.
Ajay Devgan is a multi-talented star. He not only acted in films but produced and directed films. That’s a compliment. That’s very sweet of you to say that. He featured in the film ‘U Me Aur Hum’ with his wife. Ajay Devgan fell in love with Kajol.Kajol is a super-star in her own right. They got married on 24th February, 1999.. ..as per Maharashtrian customs and rituals. They’ve two kids, one son and a daughter. In 2009 he changed the spelling of Devgan. That’s not going to work. Ajay Devgan directed and produced films.. ..and achieved name and fame that can’t be achieved by everybody. Be it ‘Omkara’ based on Shakespeare’s Othello.. Or Rohit Shetty’s commercial films or..the social dramas of Prakash Jha.. Ajay Devgan performed well in each and every character. This is a feat that everybody can’t achieve.
#4. Salman Khan
So, Hello everyone. My name is Salman Khan. Name, Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan. Whom we know as Salman Khan. He was born on 27th December 1965. Salman Khan’s film career was really awesome and impressive. I have spoken to him and even he said. that he likes the trailer a lot. And he thinks that this film will do good. Salman Khan’s ancestors were actually Pathans. He is the eldest son of great writer.. Salim Khan’s and his wife Sushila Charak.. who later became Salma Khan.
He has two younger brothers. Arbaaz Khan and Sohial Khan. Sisters Alvira Khan and Arpita Khan. Their family was from Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Father was from Indore and mother was from Maharashtra. Actually his father Salim Khan came to Mumbai. ..to become an actor. But he became a celebrated script writer. Salman Khan did his schooling from. ..St. Stanislaus High School, Bandra. He also studied in Scindia School, Gwalior. And then he studied in Elphinstone college.
Salman Khan started from modelling. .and even he wanted to be a script writer. He signed film ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’ in a hurry. Though Salman knew that he didn’t have a good role in ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’. I have already done it so badly that if I do it again it will be worse. And then when Sooraj Barjatya from Rajshri Films. ..was about to make his first film ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’. ..and had signed up Salman Khan. Salman Khan himself asked him to watch his film ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’. I don’t think I am fit to be a hero in your film. I don’t like my own work. And then Sooraj Barjatya say the film and said.that Salman Khan you will be the hero of my film. And film ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ created history. And then Prem entered the film industry and. ..the name Prem became synonymous with Salman Khan.
He did start as a romantic hero. But Salman also did good action work. .in films like ‘Sanam Bewafa’ and ‘Baaghi’. Everyone also praised Salman Khan’s action. Salman Khan is the top among all family audience. For films like ‘Maine Pyar Kiya, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’. ..’Hum Saath Saath Hain’ and ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’. With regards to comedy nobody can forget..Salman and Aamir Khan starrer ‘Andaz Apna Apna’. Salman Khan also worked in emotional films. Like ‘Khamoshi, the musical’ and ‘Tere Naam’. At one point Salman Khan was linked to several heroines. Like Sangeeta Bijlani, Somi Ali. He was also linked to Aishwarya Rai. But everyone has their own destiny.
Salman Khan did fall in love but he didn’t get married. And there was a time when Salman Khan was surrounded by controversies. For the road accident and the black buck case. If Sanjay Dutt started the fashion of body building and long hair in Bollywood. then Salman Khan started the trend of going shirtless.
Once Salman Khan sack his biceps and 6 pecks. even Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan joined the fray. Salman Khan still stays with his parents in Bandra, Mumbai. Salman has mentored several heroes. Like Hrithik Roshan and Arjun Kapoor. In fact he even helped his director from ‘Sanam Bewafa’ Sawan Kumar. when he was seen in film ‘Saawan the love season’. Famous music director Himesh Reshamiya says that. ..God is above and Salman is below. Once Salman Khan had braved all ups and down. ..he did the most amazing films like ‘Ready’, ‘Kick’. .’Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, ‘Wanted’ and Dabanng’ which were huge successes at the box office. He also did great as TV series host.for ‘Big Boss’ and ‘Dus Ka Dum’. But in 2011 he had a strange phase in his life. He started suffering from a nerve disorder. And he had to go abroad to have it treated. Salman Khan would experience a lot of pain.
But he still continued to shoot for his films. Salman Khan is one such hero who doesn’t. ..like any kind of on screen kissing. That’s why you never see such scenes in his films. You can watch all his films with your family. Salman Khan also started his own production house..where he gave break to new people. Like film ‘Chillar party’ or the newly launched stars of film ‘Hero’ Athiya Shetty and Sooraj Pancholi. Salman Khan is addressed as Bhaijaan in the industry.
Everyone including Aamir and Shahrukh. ..knows that Salman has his own distinct stardom. He did quarrel with Shahrukh Khan. but he later befriended him. And he gifted his painting to Aamir Khan. This proves what a great painter Salman Khan is. Undoubtedly everyone loves Salman Khan a lot.
#5. Hrithik Roshan
Grandson of great musician Roshan. His name is Hrithik Roshan. He was born in 10th January, 1974. His father was Rakesh Roshan and mother Pinky Roshan. Hrithik Roshan’s grandpa J. Om Prakash.. was a well-known film maker. And interestingly his dad’s pet name is Guddu. And Hrithik Roshan was named Duggu. So Guddu-Duggu. Guddu-Duggu is a familiar name. Hrithik Roshan’s grandpa took the responsibility. to show Hrithik on silver screen at the age of 6.
It was film ‘Aasha’ released in 1980. And the way the scene was shot that..Hrithik never knew about it. He danced while the cameraman recorded him stealthily. It was considered to bring good luck to the film. Hrithik was considered the lucky mascot of every film. But he got to deliver dialogues in.. Om Prakash Mehra’s film ‘Bhagwan Dada’.
He was around 11-12 years old then. Hrithik Roshan did his schooling from.. ..Bombay Scottish School in his childhood. Later he studied in Sydenham College. And earned his degree in commerce. Interestingly though his family is full of talents. Like father Rakesh Roshan. Or uncle Rajesh Roshan. But Hrithik Roshan used to be very worried in childhood.
Because he used to stammer. He would want to skip school whenever oral tests happened. They would say he was sick. And after speech therapy Hrithik Roshan became confident. Hrithik Roshan joined his father’s unit. Hrithik Roshan spent a lot of time.. ..in production of Rakesh Roshan’s films. Hrithik Roshan spent a lot of time assisting Rakesh Roshan. Like ‘Koyla’ and ‘Karan Arjun’. And then Hrithik Roshan was launched in film ‘Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai’. Rakesh Roshan had a huge responsibility with a lot of stress.
A new boy and a new girl Amisha Patel. Rajesh Roshan gave amazing music. Hrithik Roshan danced very well. Everyone like the pairing of Amisha and Hrithik. And the way Rakesh Roshan handled the film.. ..it became a huge hit at the box office. And everyone came to know that a new superstar.. ..is born who can dance, fight and also do.. ..romantic and emotional scenes. He gives an intensive performance everywhere.
Hrithik Roshan became an overnight star. After that romance entered his life. After a lot of effort he proposed to famous.. ..actor Sanjay Khan’s daughter Suzanne Khan. The proposal was accepted and they got married. He had two sons from this marriage. Hrehaan who was born in 2006. And Hridhaan who was born in 2008.
Hrithik Roshan’s life is full of strange happenings. The way he has two thumbs on his right hand since birth. He fell in love, got married and had children. And also got divorced. Though it was being said that Hrithik Roshan was a one film wonder.. ..but when ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ was released everyone believed that.. ..Hrithik Roshan is a complete actor. Undoubtedly this great super star has added.. ..several pages to the history of Indian cinema. And his name is Hrithik Roshan
#6 Ranbir Kapoor – Biography
Grandson of famous Showmaker Raj Kapoor. He was named after his grandfather. Ranbir Kapoor. He was born on 28th September, 1982. Father Rishi Kapoor and mother Neetu Kapoor were famous actors themselves. Grandfather Prithvi Raj Kapoor had already created history. Acting runs in the veins of children of Kapoor dynasty. Ranbir Kapoor proved this.
Ranbir Kapoor started his studies at Bombay Scottish School. He was not so good in studies. He has an elder sister. Her name is Riddhima. It is true that he was born in a big star family.
But this family went through such situations.. ..which troubled little Ranbir. There were always conflicts between his parents. Sometimes their voices were so loud.. that little Ranbir used to hide his face between his knees. He would wait till morning for his parents to stop fighting. There would always be a storm in Ranbir’s mind because of this. This is the reason that he decided.. ..to vent his emotions through films.
Ranbir is very close to his mother, Neetu Kapoor. But he isn’t so friendly with his father, Rishi Kapoor. It is surprising that when Ranbir took his 10th exams.. ..he went to America to help his father in his movie, ‘Aa Ab Laut Chalen’. Rishi Kapoor was directing this film. He kept Ranbir with him as assistant. This was the time when differences between father and son got erased. When Ranbir Kapoor returned to Mumbai, he decided to work as an assistant director. He became assistant director for famous film director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali ..for film ‘Black’. Main leads were Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherji.
It was a hard time for Ranbir Kapoor as assistant director. He would work constantly from morning 7:00 to next day morning 4:00. Whether it is handling lights or mopping the floor. Ranbir Kapoor had it in his mind. ..that he was assisting in ‘Black’ movie. ..and he may get a chance that Sanjay Leela Bhansali would launch him. It happened Ranbir Kapoor was seen with Sonam Kapoor.. ..in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie ‘Saawariya’. Salman did a guest appearance in the film. Who knew the time will come when there will be gossips about Salman and Ranbir. ‘Saawariya’ was released in 2007, and by 2009, three of his big movies released. One of them was ‘Wake Up Sid’..
..directed by Ayan Mukherji. Ranbir Kapoor was seen in ‘Rajneeti’ which was Prakash Jha’s multi-starrer film. This film was inspired by Hollywood movie ‘The Godfather’. Everyone knew, a new star had come. His first movie ‘Saawariya’ didn’t do wonders on the box office. Ranbir Kapoor became the hope of film industry. Looked like this Kapoor will stir everyone. It happened Ranbir Kapoor proved in Imtiyaz Ali’s ‘Rockstar’ as Janardhan, Jordan, Jakhar. he knows to romance as well as do emotional scenes. He lived with a Jatt family of Delhi to prepare for his performance.so that he can learn everything that was necessary for his role.
Who can forget Ranbir Kapoor’s film, ‘Ye Jawani Hai Deewani’? Ayan Mukherji directed it. This movie had destroyed a big wall. The thing is that when Ranbir Kapoor came into films. during the shoot of ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’. he became very close to his heroine Deepika Padukone.
They became so serious that Deepika Padukone got a tattoo on her neck. with initials ‘RK’. They broke up after some time. When the promotions for ‘Ye Jawani Hai Deewani’ started. Ranbir Kapoor cleared many things. He even said that he would like to become Godfather of Deepika’s kids.
Ranbir Kapoor gave many hits and some films. which were not successful. There were some photos. Which showed that Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif are in a relationship. It is said that .they became close during the shooting of ‘Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani’. Ranbir Kapoor worked with his mother Neetu Kapoor. and father Rishi Kapoor in movie ‘Besharam’. It was a flop in box office.
Ranbir Kapoor gained so much fame in so little time. which was difficult for famous actors to achieve. Whether dance or romance, emotions or songs. Ranbir Kapoor leaves a deep impression. ‘You know, you will be successful. So, I feel great that it’s been honored.’ This lamp of Kapoor dynasty. has come with a unique light in the history of Indian cinema.
#7 Raj Kapoor – Biography
He was regarded as the biggest showman of India. His name is Ranbir Raj Kapoor. And we lovingly know him only as Raj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor 0was born in 14th December, 1924. Dhakki Munawwar Shah, Peshawar which is now in Pakistan. Raj Kapoor’s father was great actor Prithviraj Kapoor. and his mother was Ramsarni Devi Kapoor. He was the eldest among his 6 siblings. But only 4 survived out of the 6. Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor And sister Urmila Siyal. There were 2 more brothers between Raj and Shammi Kapoor. Both died in childhood. Later their family shifted to Punjab from Peshawar. Raj Kapoor did his initial schooling from Colonel Brown Cambridge School in Dehradun.
His father Prithviraj Kapoor participated in several theater companies. In Mumbai In Kolkata. Even Raj Kapoor became a part of Prithvi theaters and started to act with his dad.
This story is famous when their family used to live in Kolkata. Once it rained a lot And Raj’s mom asked Prithviraj Kapoor if Raj can go to school in the family car. Prithviraj Kapoor was very strict. He believed that children shouldn’t be given comfort from the beginning. That’s why Papaji said there are still many people. who are leaving for their work in trams in these rain. But if Raj is really getting late and he needs the car then send him in it And Raj Kapoor overheard everything And he wore a raincoat, took an umbrella and left for his school on foot alone. His mother wanted to call him back. But father Prithviraj Kapoor stopped her and said that one day this boy will own such cars which is beyond my scope of imagination. His self-confidence was challenged and this caused wonders Reality.
Mr. Raj starred in films at the age of 10. The film was ‘Inquilab’ released in 1935. He continued to work in big and small films. And then got the support of Kedar Sharma. Kedar Sharma was doing a film where Raj Kapoor was engaged as a clapper boy. Raj Kapoor was so engaged in setting his hair that the hero lost his moustache when he clapped. Raj was not able to clap properly several times And then Kedar Sharma slapped him. Later Kedar Sharma felt bad and he thought that Raj himself wants to be a hero. That’s why I should give him a break. And he made ‘Neelkamal’ in 1947 which he did with Madhubala. Raj Kapoor turned 24 in 1948. And he decided to produce films himself. His parents tried to convince him. that son films cannot be produced without money. So he took loans and made film ‘Aag’. And then the distributors said that Raj since you have made a film you should also have your own theater. When Raj asked why. The distributers said that ‘Aag’ (fire) should be screened in your own theater. Why should we allow fire in our theaters? It was a very bad taunt. The film didn’t do great at the box office. But ‘Aag’ confirmed that Raj Kapoor knew his job. And the success of ‘Aag’ encouraged Raj Kapoor.
Raj Kapoor was both working as an actor and director. Soon he established RK Banner. And after film ‘Barsaat’ he became successful as a producer And then there was a scene enacted by him and Nargis which was later made the logo of RK banner. And then Raj Kapoor never looked back. He continued to work as actor, director and producer. And then he dreamt of having his own studio. His wife told him that before making your studio. make our house first. And then Raj had said that, Krishna the ones who have houses doesn’t have studios. But the one who have studios surely have houses. In the beginning RK Studio didn’t even have a roof. He continued to work and shoot night and day And gradually a roof was erected in RK studios.
Raj Kapoor’s movies were doing great business. Like ‘Awara’, ‘Shree 420’, ‘Chori Chori’, ‘Jagte Raho’. And even ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai.’ Raj was being given awards and he was producing several successful films like.. ‘Boot Polish’ and ‘Ab Dilli Dur Nahin’. In his personal life we find that. he got married to Krishna Khanna. He got married in 1946. And so Rajendranath, Premnath and Narendranath became his brothers-in-law. Because he married their sister. Later even Prem Chopra became Raj Kapoor’s brother-in-law. Because Krishna’s younger sister Uma married Prem Chopra. Raj Kapoor made his mark in theater, film acting. and making great films as producer-director. And he had a very successful team.
Music composers Shankar Jaikishen. Lyricists Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri. And in the writing department he had.Khaja Ahmed Abbas and V. P. Sathe. Mukesh and Manna Dey became Raj Kapoor’s voice. Mukesh actually became engaged in acting. and so Manna Dey sang several unique songs. For ‘Shree 420’ and ‘Chori Chori’. Raj Kapoor also told his children that if you want. to work in films than you won’t work in RK studios. You will first go and learn work with others. and then work under the RK Banner. All his 3 sons then worked. Elder son Randhir Kapoor Second son Rishi Kapoor And Rajiv Kapoor. Daughters Reema and Ritu both stayed away from films. Though Raj Kapoor’s granddaughters proved that they can work in films. And his elder daughters-in-law Babita and Neetu Singh were also from the film industry.
By the end of the 60s Raj Kapoor decided. to make a film based on his life. The film was ‘Mera Naam Joker’. Raj Kapoor was famous all over the world. Especially in China and Russia. And several artists from Russian circus .were seen performing in ‘Mera Naam Joker’. Several huge actors of the film industry worked in ‘Mera Naam Joker’. But the film didn’t meet the expectations. This film had not one but two intervals.Raj Kapoor was shocked and sadden. A lot of his things were also auctioned off. It seemed that Raj Kapoor is finished. But after that he told his writer team to write a story. which will be based on the first part of ‘Mera Naam Joker’. Here the hero would be my son Chintu or Rishi Kapoor. And the heroine would be a new girl, Dimple Kapadia. Shankar Jaikishen were no longer a duo. Jaikishen has passed away. Shailendra and Hasrat were also no longer a duo. Because even Shailendra passed away before ‘Mera Naam Joker’ was completed. Therefore he worked with a new music team. Laxmikant Pyarelal and lyricist Anand Bakshi. And film ‘Bobby’ was so successful that. it got rid of the shock meted out by ‘Mera Naam Joker’. Later ‘Mera Naam Joker’ became so famous. that Raj Kapoor’s family became really proud. Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand had a huge competition. But the films of all three had their own niche. Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar used to know each other since childhood. In fact they were childhood friends.
Raj Kapoor had won several National Film Awards. And his family is still connected to the entertainment industry. Raj Kapoor’s grandson was named after him. Ranbir Kapoor. Several of Raj Kapoor’s family members worked under his direction. Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor. Rishi Kapoor, Rajiv Kapoor. But his eldest son Randhir Kapoor. never worked under his direction. Soon the time came when Raj Kapoor was supposed to get the DadaSaheb Phalke Award.
He was 63 years old and suffering from asthma. It was year 1988. Before he could claim the award. the president himself came to him. and Raj Kapoor became very ill while receiving the award. He was admitted in AIIMS hospital, Delhi. But fate had planned something else for him. On 2nd June, 1988 Raj Kapoor died. He had started film ‘Henna’ which was later. completed by his children. In Indian cinema there was never a showman like Raj Kapoor. nor there will be ever.
#8 Anil Kapoor – Biography
‘This is the cutest Lakhan of film industry.’ ‘Name Anil Kapoor. He was born on 24th December, 1956.’ ‘The area was Chembur in Mumbai. – ‘ ‘His father Surendra Kapoor earlier used to be the manager..’ ‘..of Shammi Kapoor and Geeta Bali..’ ‘..and later he became producer.’ ‘Anil Kapoor is second among four siblings.’ ‘His elder brother Boney Kapoor is also a producer..’ and his younger brother Sanjay Kapoor is an actor.’ ‘Anil Kapoor studies at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour..’ High School and St. Xavier’s College.’ ‘Although at the age of 12 years he was seen as a child artist..’ in a film which had Shashi Kapoor as hero.’ ‘But at that time it was difficult to guess..’ that in future this boy will earn big fame.’ ‘He played minor roles in some films.’ ‘For example in Ramesh Sippy’s film Shakti..’ he was seen as Dilip Kumar’s grandson..’ ‘..and Amitabh Bachchan and Smita Patil’s son.’ ‘Although earlier he had played a minor role in 1989.’
‘The name of the film was Hamare Tumhare.’ ‘And after that a movie came which proved..’ that this boy had great talent.’ ‘The name of the film was Who Saat Din.’ ‘Padmini Kolhapure was his heroine..’ ‘and he was pitted against the great theatre actor..’ Naseeruddin Shah.’ ‘After film Who Saat Din, Yash Chopra signed him. ‘for his film Mashaal, in which his role was. that of a ‘tapori’ (street smart kid).’
‘In Mashaal, Anil Kapoor showed great talent..’ against Dilip Kumar Waheeda Rehman, and Rati Agnihotri.’ ‘His role of a ‘tapori’ was so appreciated by people..’ .that he was seen as a ‘tapori’ in many films.’ ‘But superstardom was still distant.’ ‘He did some good films, Yudh and Saheb.’ ‘But Anil Kapoot acted so well in Subhash Ghai’s film..’ Meri Jung, that everybody realised that..’ he can handle action as well as emotion and for the first time he was given the Best Actor Award.’ ‘He did many films with Subhash Ghai.’ ‘For example, Ram Lakhan, Taal, Karma.’ ‘And in every role he won accolades.’
‘the pair of Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor had become unique.’ ‘While on one hand Anil Kapoor was being compared..’ ‘..to Amitabh Bachchan, on the other hand..’ ‘ some personal situation was developing..’ .because of which, Anil Kapoor had to slow down.’ ‘It so happened that his affair started with..’ fashion designer and model Sunita Bhambani.’ ‘Initially Sunita’s parents were against their marriage..’ but later they relented.’ ‘In those days there was a strange rule in the film industry..’ .that if the hero is married, the public may not like him.’ ‘so it was suggested that marriage should be postponed.’ ‘But their affair had been going on since 5 years.’ and Anil Kapoor asked himself what he should do. ‘A girl was associated with him since 5 years.’ ‘Should he not carry this relation to the next stage?’ ‘Should he not marry, or should he break. ‘the rule of the film industry?’ ‘Anil Kapoor heard the voice of his heart and the two got married.’
‘Although he had postponed his wedding date twice.’ ‘He has three children from this marriage,’ ‘Daughters Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor..’ and son Harshwardhan.’ ‘Sonam Kapoor became an actress, Rhea Kapoor a producer..’ and Harshwardhan also joined film industry.’ ‘Anil Kapoor was doing multi-starrer films..’ and on the other hand he also earned fame. for some off-beat movies.’ ‘For example, who can forget the performance..in Ki Shaadi and Ishwar?’
“Anil Kapoor has seen great ups and downs in his film career.’ ‘And then he was seen in a great role. .in Hollywood film Slumdog Millionaire. ‘Film Slumdog Millionaire did very good business..’ won awards also, and the door to Hollywood opened for him.’ ‘Whether it was Mission Impossible, The Ghost Protocol. or American series 24, in which he played the role of Omar Hassan.’ ‘He was seen in Hindi series 24 also. and his acting was very much appreciated on television.’ ‘He always keeps himself fit.’ ‘His wife Sunita takes very good care of him and on seeing Anil Kapoor it looks as if time has stopped.’ ‘He looks so youthful.’ ‘Not only in India but he earned great fame abroad as well.’ ‘Anil Kapoor’s name will always be taken proudly. in the history of Indian cinema.’
#9 Sunil Dutt – Biography
Legendary actor, Sunil Dutt. Born on 6th June, 1929. His parents named him Balraj Dutt. But, as soon as he entered films. he was renamed Sunil Dutt. Dutt sir was born in Jalandhar’s Khurd area. which is now a part of Pakistan. When India attained freedom, it underwent division. And, Sunil Dutt was affected by the division as well And, he shifted from Pakistan to India. The chaos during the division sent Dutt’s family to Delhi After that he went to Lucknow. After spending a lot of time in the lanes of Aminabad, Lucknow. he tried to fulfil his dreams And he moved to Mumbai. On one hand, he was studying in Mumbai’s Jai Hind College. and, also took up a job.
An interesting fact is that Sunil Dutt was also a radio announcer. He presented many programs for Radio Ceylon. And, during his radio career he also interviewed Nargis. At that time, they didn’t know. that, in future they will be Mr. And Mrs. Dutt. Radio’s renowned personality Amin Sayani says that. Sunil Dutt was a very energetic and lively radio announcer. In 1955, Balraj Dutt i.e Sunil Dutt. got a break in the film ‘Platform’. During this time, Mehboob Khan signed Sunil Dutt.. for the film ‘Mother India’, where Nargis played his mother. During the shooting of this film, Nargis called Sunil Dutt ‘Birju’. Even after the film was complete .she would called Dutt sir as Birju. There’s a famous story that, Sunil Dutt. saved Nargis from a terrible fire that broke out.on the sets of ‘Mother India’. And this is why they got married. But Dutt sir has denied this. He said in an interview that I decided to marry Nargis. because Nargis was a woman. who could look after me and my family. and this is why I convinced her to get married.
When these two got married, Nargis was already a star. and Sunil Dutt was slowly climbing the steps of success. And, after the marriage Dutt hit the jackpot. Sunil Dutt was an actor that could portray any character. Whether it was comedy, or serious emotional roles. In the 50’s and 60’s all of Sunil Dutt’s films were a hit. Like ‘Sadhna’, ‘Sujata’, ‘Mujhe Jeene Do’, ‘Khandaan’. and, who can ever forget ‘Padosan’. This was also the time when Dutt’s association with BR Chopra worked wonders. Whether it was ‘Gumraah’ or ‘Humraaz’. or the multi-starrer ‘Waqt’. And in, 1968 Dutt sir turned Film producer. The film was ‘Man Ka Meet’ .in which he gave a break to his younger brother Som Dutt.
This is the same film in which actor Vinod Khanna. got a break as a villain. Dutt Sir didn’t just give Vinod Khanna a break. but, he also gave a chance to Amitabh Bachchan in the film ‘Reshma and Shera’. Film ‘Reshma and Shera’ failed terribly at the box-office. Dutt sir was really worried. He had shortage of works And, people suggested him to play character roles. But, Sunil Dutt never accepted defeat And, the time came when he played his second innings. With ‘Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye’, ‘Nagin’, ‘Jaani Dushman’. and ‘Shaan’ Sunil Dutt proved that .his fans still want to see him on the silver screen.
Sunil Dutt and Nargis Dutt had three children. Eldest son Sanjay Dutt, who’s a renowned actor himself. Daughter Priya Dutt, followed his father’s footsteps and became Member of Parliament. And eldest daughter Namrata married Kumar Gaurav. In 1984, we saw a new aspect of Mr. Dutt’s personality. when he joined the Congress Party. After that he became the Member of Parliament. Government of India presented him with ‘Padmashri’. On one hand he had a political career. and on the other hand, he was doing films along with changing times. Like the 1992 film ‘Parampara’ and ‘Kshatriya’ in 1993. In 1995 he was presented. with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement award. It’s interesting that Sunil Dutt launched his son Sanjay Dutt. in the film ‘Rocky’. And in 2005, in Sanjay Dutt’s Munnabhai M.B.B.S. Sunil Dutt was seen on the silver screen again. The on-screen father-son chemistry was truly commendable. Every film was filled with emotion.
Dutt sir was presented with the Filmfare Best Actor award. for the films ‘Khandan’ and ‘Mujhe Jeene Do’. Just like Sunil Dutt made a status for himself in films .similiarly, he did so in politics as well. In Manmohan Singh’s government. he was the cabinet minister for Youth Affairs and Sports. Sunil Dutt sir always served the common people. Whether as an actor or minister. On 25 May, 2005 he died of a heart attack. In the history of Indian films. Sunil Dutt’s name will remain immortal.
#10 Shashi Kapoor – Biography
He was called the handsome. Kapoor of the Kapoor family. We are talking about the legendary actor Shashi Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor was born on 18th March, 1938. In Kolkata. Shashi Kapoor’s father. Prithviraj Kapoor, was a theater artist. While running the theater company. he used to work in films, too. And, later, Shashi’s elder brother. .Raj Kapoor, also entered films. So did Shammi Kapoor. Shashi began to work in his elder. Brother’s films as a child. In the 1951 film, “Awara” .Shashi Kapoor played Raj Kapoor as a child. By the time he grew up. he was associated with his father Prithviraj Kapoor in theater. He toured. And he acted on stage, too.
When it came to films he worked as an assistant director on his brother’s films, too. Films like “Shriman Satyavadi” and “Dulha Dulhan”. In 1961, he starred as the leading man. in the film, “Dharamputra”.It was directed by Yash Chopra. Shashi Kapoor’s acting was appreciated. But still his films didn’t work. At one point in time, the media said he is jinxed. None of the leading ladies wanted to work with him. At such a time, Nanda stood by him. She acted with him. After the film, “Jab Jab Phool Khile”. they were considered a superhit pair. After this film, Shashi didn’t look back. As a leading man, Shashi Kapoor. paired up with Raakhee, Zeenat Aman. Then, with Hema Malini, Parveen Babi. and Moushumi Chatterjee.
His golden career saw a great alliance. with Amitabh Bachhan, too. Films like “Suhaag”, “Deewar”. “Do Aur Do Paanch”, prove that .if Amitabh was complemented by an actor. it was Shashi Kapoor. He is older than Mr. Bachhan. But still, in “Deewar”, he played Amitabh’s younger brother. Shashi Kapoor set up his own production house, too. It’s called, Filmwallahs And it produced the most amazing films. Whether it was the 1978 film, “Junoon”. “Kalyug” in 1981. Or, “36 Chowringhee Lane”. And after that, films like “Vijeta” and “Utsav”. proved that he was a great producer. The kind of producer who can make good films. By the end of the 80’s. he started acting in character roles, too. And, in 1984, he played a poet in a film.
He performed so well, that even now it’s believed. that he was the only one. who could have played a poet in “Muhafiz”. Shashi Kapoor always said his wife. Jennifer Kendal was his greatest inspiration. And after she passed away. Shashi Kapoor was very lonely. That’s when he put on some weight. But he has an unusual love story. Jennifer’s father used to run a theater company And she was a stage actress. Shashi saw her on one such tour. That’s it, he decided to marry her. The combination of an Indian boy and English girl. during that era seemed impossible. But still he bravely asked her father to allow him to marry Jennifer. Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer. have three children, Kunal Kapoor whom Shashi launched with the film “Vijeta”. Karan Kapoor, who is a successful model. And, his daughter Sanjana Kapoor. She runs his theater company Prithvi Theater.
Shashi is one of the few actors of Indian cinema. who have balanced films and stage. He will always be mentioned proudly in Indian cinema.
#11 Abhishek Bachchan – Biography
Some call him Junior Bachchan. Some call him AB’s baby. His parents named him Abhishek. Yes, this is the story of super star Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan’s son Abhishek Bachchan. Abhishek Bachchan was born on 5th February 1976 in Mumbai. Both his parents are actors. His grandfather was the great poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Abhishek Bachchan is the second child to his parents.
His elder sister’s name is Shweta. Talking about his childhood, he did his studies. from Jamnabai Narsee School, Mumbai. Then he did his further schooling from Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai. Then he decided to study more. Hence, he was sent to Boston. The Hindi Film Industry was waiting. as to when the son of super star Amitabh Bachchan Abhishek, enter the industry. People were eagerly waiting. Distributors and producers were ready. One day Abhishek decided to come back to India. During his childhood, strange incidents took place with him.
Amitabh Bachchan had an accident during the shoot of the film ‘Coolie’. Also, he himself was dyslexic. Abhishek Bachchan was slow in studies. and this was revealed in the Aamir Khan’s film ‘Taare Zameen Par’. He was born in a Srivastav family. but because his grand father kept ‘Bachchan’ as his pen name. he too continued with it. The 90’s ear was over and as soon as it was 2000. Abhishek Bachchan was seen in J. P Dutta’s film. ‘Refugee’ opposite Kareena Kapoor. The relationship between the Bachchan family and Kapoor family. wasn’t just bounded up to films. After getting in to acting, Abhishek Bachchan got engaged. to Raj Kapoor’s eldest grand daughter, Karishma Kapoor.
This was on the occasion of Amitabh Bachchan’s 60th birth anniversary. Everyone was happy and then a problem occurred. Abhishek Bachchan and Karishma Kapoor’s engagement was called off. The media came up with a lot of stories and ultimately it was said. that it is a personal matter and no one should interfere. Karishma Kapoor got married to Sunjay Kapoor. Then Aishwarya Rai came in to Abhishek’s life. In the year 2007, beauty queen. Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan got married. Abhishek Bachchan worked in a lot of films. Some did well at the box office, some did not. But his acting was appreciated. Be it ‘Yuva’ or ‘Guru’. His acting brought him closer to Aishwarya Rai. The shoot of the film ‘Kuch Naa Kaho’ was on. where Abhishek and Aishwarya were in the lead. And soon they fell for each other. There came a time when Amitabh Bachchan worked with his son Abhishek. The film was ‘Bunty aur Babli’. Aishwarya Rai did an item number in this film. ‘Kajra Re’ is the name of the song and who can forget this song. Then they were seen together in ‘Sarkar’. And then father, son and daughter-in-law were seen in ‘Sarkar Raj’. Abhishek worked with his mom Jaya Bhaduri in some films. But mostly with his dad. For the production company ABCL his produced a film ‘Paa’. In this Amitabh was playing his son. Abhishek Bachchan did wonders in the ‘Dhoom’ series. He did comic films like ‘Bol Bachchan’ and ‘Dostana’. He also did serious films like ‘Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna’. Abhishek Bachchan worked very hard in all films. His performance was appreciable.
He came as a host for a show in television like his dad. The reality TV show was called ‘Bingo’. Undoubtedly, he must have been under a lot of pressure. His parents were such great actors, hence he too has to be good. That’s the reason, Abhishek Bachchan made a place for himself in Bollywood.
#12 Anupam Kher Biography
‘Anupam Kher was born in Shimla on 7th March, 1955.’ ‘His father Pushkarnath Kher was a clerk in the Forest Department.’ ‘And his mother Dulari was a homemaker.’ ‘Anupam Kher used to live in a joint family.’ ‘Uncles, aunts, and many cousins.’ ‘There were total 11 people in his family.’ ‘His father used to earn only 90 rupees per month.’ ‘Since his father didn’t earn much. and the members were increasing in the family his mother sold off her gold jewellery.’ ‘No matter how poor the family was..’ but Anupam Kher used to get his monthly pocket money.’ of 10 paise per month.’ ‘Anupam Kher says that this amount was very small..’ but there was lots of time to dream.’ ‘And to awaken his dreams, two films came into his life.’ ‘One was Upkaar and the other was Dil Ek Mandir.’ ‘Anupam Kher studied in Lady Erwin School toll 5th class.’ ‘Since childhood he used to mimic his teachers.’ ‘In college days Anupam Kher’s personality.’ used to charm everybody.’ ‘He graduated in history.’ ‘Before joining the National School of Drama.’
Anupam Kher had stolen money from his mother’s temple.’ ‘He became frond of acting from his school and college days.’ ‘Then he saw an advertisement in newspapers. which talked about an acting course.’ For this he needed 100 rupees.’ But he could not place this demand before his father.’ ‘So Anupam Kher decided to steal money from the temple.’ ‘He told himself that he was imitating Lord Krishna.’ “He used to steal butter, while I am stealing a few rupees.’ from my mother’s temple to go for acting.’ ‘At Punjab University’s theatre department.’ he got acquainted with famous Balwant Gargi and Amal Allana.’ ‘While doing plays with them he learnt a lot of things.’ ‘His efforts paid off and he was selected as gold medallist.’ in Punjab University’s theater department.’ And because of this he went directly to National School of Drama.’
‘When he left Natinal School of Drama in 1978.’ He had thought that he will work in theatre and that too constantly.’ but he didn’t find easy to get work.’ ‘He used to live in Dhoby Colony of Delhi’s Bengali Market.’ and when in need he used to borrow money.’ ‘Poverty was gripping Anupam Kher’s life.’ ‘At that time he got an opportunity for a job.’ as a drama teacher at Lucknow’s Bhartendu Drama Centre.’ ‘And Anupam Kher started working as drama lecturer.’ at Bhartendu Drama Centre.’ ‘But within a year the actor in him began to surface and his desire for the job weakened.’ ‘It was important to earn money also along with acting.’ ‘During the days of struggle his job was his only support.’ ‘At that time one of his friends told him.’ that he could work as acting teacher at Mumbai also.’ ‘And he can keep struggling there as well.’ ‘On 3rd June, 1981, Anupam Kher stepped into Mumbai.’ ‘Since Anupam Kher had no residence. he decided to live in a chawl.’
‘At that time his address was Anupam Kher..’ ‘..2/15, Kher Wadi, Kher Nagar, Kher Road.’ ‘This was just a coincidence and he thought. that Mumbai will certainly fulfil his dreams.’ ‘A person turns to his family when he has no money.’ ‘His situation was somewhat like that.’ ‘His cash was dwindling and he was not getting work.’ ‘So Anupam Kher called up his younger brother Raju Kher.’ who used to work in a tin factory in Shimla at that time.’ ‘His salary was about 700 rupees per month.’ and that money helped him survive.’ ‘After struggling hard, Anupam Kher met Mahesh Bhatt.’ ‘Mahesh Bhatt knew that Anupam Kher is a very good stage actor.’ ‘Mahesh Bhatt told him that he had heard his name. and that he was really very good.’
‘Then Anupam Kher had answered that he had heard wrong.’ ‘That he was not good, in fact he was the better than all.’ ‘On this note Mahesh Bhatt signed Anupam Kher for film Saraansh.’ ‘But while fate was opening one door. another problem was advancing towards Anupam Kher.’ ’10 days before the shooting for Saraansh was to commence.’ rumours began to float about signing Sanjeev Kumar for Saransh.’ The producers of the film didn’t want to do this experiment. .by taking a struggling actor.’ ‘At that time Mahesh Bhatt had asked Anupam. do some other role and that Sanjeev Kumar. will do this role.’ ‘Anupam Kher was in tears.’ ‘He began to shout.’ ‘He began to say that Mahesh Bhatt was a cheat.’ ‘Then Mahesh Bhatt talked to the producers of the film. and said the film can be made only if Anupam was in it.’ ‘He was only 28 years old at the time of shooting of film Saraansh. and he played the role of an old man very well.’
‘He played the role so well that he made a place for himself.’ in everybody’s heart.’ ‘Everybody liked the film and accepted that Anupam Kher. is an actor par excellence.’ And within 10 days he had offers for about 100 films.’ ‘After that Anupam Kher never looked back.’ Whether it is an emotional role or comedy.. whether it is the role of a father or a friend or a villain’s role.’ ‘Who can forget Doctor Deng?’ ‘In Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, he played. the role of Shah Rukh Khan’s father very well.’ And by playing a stingy father in film Dil. Anupam Kher had proved that he can display.’ all kinds of emotions in the same film.’
‘If we look at Anupam Kher’s personal life. we find that he married Kirron Kher.’ ‘He had first met Kirron at Punjab University.’ ‘She was one year senior to him.’ ‘Both of them worked together in many plays.’ ‘But Kirron was troubled in her personal life.’ ‘Her marriage was not working well.’ ‘When she separated from her husband. she befriended Anupam Kher. ‘And then they began to meet frequently.’ ‘In 1985 they decided to marry.’
‘His real brother Raju Kher also became film and TV actor.’ ‘Along with acting, he also entered the world of direction.’ ‘The film was Om Jai Jagdish.’ ‘Anupam has been felicitated with many awards.’ ‘In 2004 he was conferred Padmashri.’ ‘In 1979 and 2005 he was given National Film Awards.’ ‘And the list of other awards is very long.’ ‘There are very few artists who are not only actors.’ but work equally well as television anchors.’ ‘Anupam Kher is one such artist.’ ‘He can do any role.’ ‘His name will always be taken with pride.’ in the history of Indian cinema.’.
#13 Amrish Puri – Biography
He is a brilliant actor with a powerful voice. Be it theatre or silver screen. Amrish Puri left his mark everywhere. When audience applauded him. he said, “Mogamba is happy.” Amrish Puri was born in Punjab’s Nawanshahr. On 22nd June 1932. His mother was Sardarni Ved Kaur. And father was Sardar Nihal Singh Puri. From five children Amrish Puri was the fourth child. His two elder brothers Chaman Puri and Madan Puri. were also famous actors. Amrish Puri did his graduation from BM college in Shimla. He followed in his elder brothers Chaman Puri and Madan Puri’s footsteps and came to Mumbai. This was the time when his elder brother Madan Puri. had established himself as a villain. But Amrish Puri’s fate had something else in store for him. Amrish Puri failed the first screen test. And he found a job with the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation. But for how long his talent would have remained hidden? In 1961 theatre stalwart Ebrahim Alkazi. encouraged Amrish Puri to work in theatre. In 1961 he actively joined theatre. Later, Amrish Puri started working as famous theatre artist. Satyadev Dubey’s assistant. In many interviews Amrish Puri has called. Satyadev Dubey his teacher. He was acting on stage But silver screen was far away from him. What’s even more surprising is that. Amrish Puri did a government job for 21 years. He became so well-known as a stage actor. that he won the Sangeet Natak Academy award. Slowly he ventured into TV commercials. And at the age of 40 he did his first film.
According to a famous story, during a drama play a famous director spotted Amrish Puri. He was signed for ‘Reshma Aur Shera’. Amrish Puri was one of those actors. who wasn’t renowned only for his acting abilities. But also for his baritone voice. Very few people know that. Amrish Puri used to practice daily for 3-4 hours to make his voice more powerful. On one hand he was emerging as a brilliant villain. On the other hand he was garnering accolades. in parallel cinema as well. Amrish Puri won critical acclaim. for Shyam Benegal’s films like ‘Nishant’ .’Manthan’, ‘Bhoomika’ and ‘Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda’. His talent became so recognizable. Hollywood director Steven Spielberg also casted him.
The story behind this is also very fascinating. Actually, American director Steven Spielberg wanted to take Amrish Puri’s screen test. And he invited him to America. But Amrish Puri flatly refused. He said if he wanted to take his screen test. he will have to come to India. And that is exactly what happened. Americans had to come to India for Amrish Puri. And the contract was signed within a few days. For ‘Indiana Jones and the temple of doom’ movie. Amrish Puri’s character was critically acclaimed.
Amrish Puri was a complete actor. He played not only villainous roles. but also some positive characters. that bring tears to the eyes. ‘Ghatak’ movie is a fine example. Amrish Puri played powerful roles. in ‘Gardish’, ‘Muskurahat’ and ‘Virasat’. The character that he played in ‘Virasat’ movie was earlier rejected by Dilip Kumar and Rajesh Khanna. Finally, he got the role. But the character that immortalized. Amrish Puri as a villain was Mr. India’s Mogambo. Mogambo was one of Hindi films’ unforgettable villains. Amrish Puri was such a villain. that it was challenging for even the greatest actor to face him.
If we talk about Amrish Puri’s personal life. he got married to Urmila Diveker. He had two children with her. Son Rajeev and daughter Namrata. Amrish Puri died on 12th January 2005 due to brain hemorrhage. He was 72 years old. Amrish Puri might have started his career. on the silver screen at the age of 40. But as an artist his career had started long back. Whatever be the medium, Amrish Puri left his mark. There came a time when the mention of villain in Indian cinema. would bring Amrish Puri’s name to the mind.
#14 Chitrangada Singh – Biography
Someone said she is the modern day Smita Patil. Someone said there can’t be a better dusky beauty than her. Be it sensual scenes or emotional. Chitrangada Singh has set a superb example everywhere. Chitrangada Singh was born on 30th August 1976. The place was Jodhpur Rajasthan. Her father Colonel Niranjan Singh was an officer in the Indian Army. And her brother Digvijay Singh is a superb golfer. She did her schooling from Meerut’s Sophia Girls school. And then she moved to Delhi Lady Irwin college. And did graduation in Home Science. On one hand she learned Kathak (dance form) professionally. On the other hand she was pursuing home science. So there was no question of acting. But Chitrangana was always very beautiful. Hence she got a break in modelling. And she also worked in Gulzar’s music video Sunset Point. She was seen in one music video after the other. And then the ace film maker Sudhir Mishra spotted her. He made the movie Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. This movie was a big hit in 2003. She was seen in Kal Yesterday And Tomorrow in 2005. And then she was seen as item girl in Farah Khan’s movie Joker. She was accused of trying to change her image. She herself accepted that she was typecast. Which was that she can do only art or different films.
She was seen in Desi Boyz too. With Akshay Kumar, John Abraham and Deepika Padukone. But since she had taken a sabbatical from 2005 to 2008 the film industry had kind of forgotten her. The film industry remembered her and she had a start again but she was already married by then and she had a son too. Though she made it clear that her husband Jyoti Randhawa. who is a famous golfer never stopped her from acting. And even after marriage and becoming a mother. the film industry gave her work. Her son’s name is Zorawar. The marriage did last for a while. But this marriage too broke in 2013. Undoubtedly Chitrangana Singh’s life is full of ups and downs.
Undoubtedly Chitrangada Singh is among the select few actresses. who is so beautiful that her face and acting shines through. ..be it commercial or parallel cinema.
#15 Kiran Juneja – Biography
‘A naive and innocent girl entered the film industry.’ ‘She started as a model.’ ‘She also worked quite a lot in television serials.’ ‘And then, from Veerawali of serial Buniyaad..’ she became Kiran Sippy.’ ‘Yes, she had made an entry as Kiran Juneja.’ ‘She did modelling and from New Delhi she cane to Mumbai.’ ‘She hails from Punjabi Bagh in New Delhi.’ ‘There was an Indo-Italian co-production in 1984.’ ‘Its name was Shaheen, in which she began as leading lady.’ ‘Then came the serial Paying Guest.’ which was produced by Rajshri Films.’ ‘Then, Wah Janab, in which Shekhar Suman was the hero.’
‘After working in many serials of that time..’ Kiran Juneja came to Ramesh Sippy’s sets.’ ‘TV series, Buniyaad.’ ‘Coincidently, when she reached Mumbai airport.’ she was sent directly from the airport to meet Ramesh Sippy.’ ‘The time must be around 7 o’clock in the evening.’ ‘At that time Ramesh Sippy was explaining a shot.’ to Buniyaad’s actress Anita Kanwar.’ ‘At that time Kiran Juneja realised.’ how much this man loved his work.’ ‘She was told that the role she was being assigned in Buniyaad.’ was from youthful to old age.’
‘If she was willing, she could give audition.’ ‘Kiran Juneja agreed. .and she became very famous as Buniyaad’s Veerawali.’ ‘In the serial her hero was Vijayenda Ghatge.’ ‘Kiran Juneja was very impressed by Ramesh Sippy’s voice also.’ ‘By then Ramesh Sippy was already married.’ and he had children as well. ‘Although his marriage was facing lots of problems.’ ‘Kiran Juneja said that if she were not there. someone else would surely have married Ramesh Sippy..’ because Ramesh Sippy’s circumstances were like that. ‘Their affair continued for about 4 to 4 and half years.’ ‘People tried to convince her to get married.’
‘That this is a glamorous world. and you never know when time will change.’ ‘That she should get married before something terrible happened.’ ‘And when Kiran told Ramesh Sippy about these things.’ he immediately married her. but they didn’t have any children from this marriage.’ ‘Kiran Juneja distanced herself from television serials also.’ ‘Although, earlier she had played Ganga’s role. in B. R. Chopra’s mega serial Mahabharat.’ ‘She has earned great respect for this role.’ Kiran Juneja maintained good relations with Ramesh Sippy’s first wife also. and good relations with his children as well.’ ‘And in this way, from actress Kiran Juneja..she became Kiran Sippy.’
# 16.Nargis Fakhri – Biography
America’s supermodel. The background of the republic of Czech and Pakistan. Bollywood’s superstar heroine. Her name is Nargis Fakhri. She started her career as a model. She was a contestant in America’s Next Top Model. She was born in New York’s Queens. Her mother’s name is Marie and father’s name is Mohammad Fakhri. Actually his father was from Pakistan. And mother was from the Czech. She was just 6 when her parents divorced. Her father died when she was very young. She made her Bollywood debut with the movie Rockstar.
This film was made by Imtiaz Ali. She was opposite Ranbir Kapoor. Then she was seen in Madras Café. And then in Main Tera Hero. It’s really interesting. that her mother raised her and her sister as a single parent. She always tells her. You’ll learn life the more you travel around the world. She started watching travel channels since the age of 14. And also tried to know more about other cultures. She was tall and slim. And she was chosen a model when she was just 15. When she realised that a model can travel the world. It’s agency can take her to different cities she didn’t think twice. If not for modelling she would’ve joined an NGO. And would’ve worked in the villages of Africa or Brazil. She lived in Copenhagen with her boyfriend.
She received an email then which said. that director Imtiaz Ali wanted to meet her in the city of Prague. She could be cast in an Indian film. She did meet him and when she heard the story. she started weeping. Imtiaz Ali’s assistant captured her weeping in his camera. Her expressions convinced Imtiaz Ali that she was his heroine. She was praised in the movie Rockstar. And it seemed like she would work in lots of movies. But that did not happen. Her agency rejected some offers. And some were rejected by Nargis. She said she will not work till a good project comes her way. and then she was seen opposite John Abraham. opposite Varun Dhawan. and she was seen opposite Emran Hashmi in the movie Azhar. where she had played Sangeeta’s character.
She seems to be an open minded actress in every way. She was linked to lots of actors. And she is sad as to why these rumors keep hounding her. How true it is? I don’t think it’s true at all. Be it a swim suit or a love making scene. she leaves a deep impression everywhere. Be it the ramp or TV commercials. Nargis wins everyone’s hearts with her figure and style.
Only time will tell how big a name will. Nargis who is half Pakistani and half Czech be able to make in Bollywood.
#17.Kumkum – Biography
‘She was a great actress who earned fame in the film industry from the decades of 50’s to 70’s.’ ‘Some said that her name was Mehrunnisa while some said it was Zaibunnisa.’ ‘But the film industry and her fans know her as Kumkum.’ ‘Some said that she is from Uttar Pradesh while some said that no, she is from Husainabad, Bihar.’ ‘But the fact is that this talented girl came to Mumbai and won everybody’s heart.’ ‘It was believed tha Kumkum actually belonged to Uttar Pradesh.’ and she studied in Lucknow and Banaras.’
She entered the film industry in the 50’s decade and it is said that Guru Dutt had spotted her.’ ‘A song from film Aar Paar was being picturised.’ ‘It was a 1954 film and the song was Kabhie Aar Kabhie Paar Laaga Teere Nazar. ‘Initially it was thought that it will be picturised on Jagdeep but later Guru Dutt thought that it was very important. to have a female actor But at that time no one came forward to do this minor role And then Guru Dutt signed on Kumkum and that song was a hit.’
‘Kumkum was seen in a minor role in film Pyaasa as well. ‘Then in the 60’s decade she was seen with Dilip Kumar in film Kohinoor ‘Ramanand Sagar was also quite impressed with Kumkum’s acting and later she was seen in his films as Dharmendra’s heroine.’
‘Her film towards the end of career was Jalte Badan in which Kiran Kumar was her hero.’ ‘Kumkum worked in Bhojpuri films also.’ ‘Ganga Maiya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo.’ ‘And her pairing with famous actor of that time Kishor Kumar. also became a hit. Kumkum was seen in Mother India in a good role. and after that she was also seen in Mehboob Khan’s film Son of India.’ ‘
She kept working till the 70’s decade and after that she got married. and after marriage Kumkum went to Saudi Arabia.’ ‘Some people said that even after retirement. Kumkum had come to Mumbai. but the fact is that from black and white films. to colour films, Kumkum’s journey was glorious.’
#18.Bina Rai – Biography
Someone said Anarkali. And someone said you’ll have to fulfil the promise you’ve made. You’ll have to come if the world or even the God stops you. The name of this actress is Bina Rai. You take away food from little kids. You use your might on the old and the weak. Is this your and your king’s bravery? Bina Rai was born on 13 July 1931. She worked in memorable movies like Anarkali and Taj Mahal. And she was honoured with an award too for the movie Ghoonghat. Actually Bina Rai began from Lahore. She was related to Lahore.
Her name was Krishna Sareen. which became Bina Rai when she joined the film industry. Bina was studying in Isabel Thoban college of Lucknow. Film director Kishore Sahu put an ad for an new heroine for his new film Kaali Ghata. Bina Rai applied without telling anyone.
His father worked for the railways And his was a transferrable job. She applied for the ad. And she had to go to Mumbai. She could not go to Mumbai because she has her intermediate exams. Incidentally one of her cousins’ wedding was in Mumbai. And she went to Mumbai with her family. She auditioned And was selected And he got 25000 rupees instantly. 25000 rupees was a huge amount during that time.
Bina Rai always wanted to be an actress. And her fees per film went from 25000 to 1,50,000 rupees. She had never told her family that she wanted to be an actress And when her parents found out they were mad at her But she went on a hunger strike Parents had to relent And she got a chance in Kishore Saru’s film And this is how Krishna Sareen became Bina Rai.
Something else that we need to note is that the date 13 July holds an important place in her life. She signed her first contract on 13 July 1950 And she even got engaged on 13 July. Though her husband Prem Nath was a great actor himself was in love with Madhubala at that time. They were even supposed to marry. But since they came from different families and upbringings they could not get married. But there was no problem when it came to Bina.
Bina and Prem Nath met. A new romance started And they got married They had kids. It seemed like Bina would distance herself from movies. But that didn’t happen. She kept working in movies. But Prem became really busy with his career and Bina’s career was going a little slow. Hence Bina Rai decided that she’ll stay at home and take care of the kids. As producer directors the husband and wife did try to make different kinds of movies but they failed miserably.
Their eldest son Prem Kishen became an actor. He was seen in the movie Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye. He turned producer later and produced some TV soaps. Her granddaughter Akanksha Malhotra was launched in 2002 as an actress. Bina Rai’s grandson Siddharth Malhotra went on to become a director. And he directed a TV serials which was named Sanjeevani. Bina’s career was awesome.
She was one of the industry’s most beautiful actresses And her marriage with Prem Nath went through lots of ups and downs But they stuck together. Her husband died on 3rd November 1992 And then Bina Rai became really lonely And 6 December 2009 was the day when Bina Rai died due to a heart attack. Undoubtedly Bina Rai’s name will always be taken with pride in the history of Indian cinema.
#19 Sonu Nigam – Biography
This is the story of the singer who has been controversial as well melodious. The name is Sonu Nigam. He was born on 30th July 1973. City was Faridabad. State Haryana. Sonu has sung songs in various regional languages. It’s astonishing to note that Sony always found singing very easy. His father Agam Kumar Nigam and his mother Shobha Nigam. both did stage shows. His father would often do orchestra at weddings and parties. Since Sonu belongs to a Kayast family. And in this community it is stressed that kids. should make a name in studies.
But Sonu too made a name for himself in the world of art. Sonu would often watch his parents perform on stage and he would also feel like singing. He was just 3 or 4. He insisted backstage. His father refused. But his friends told him. Let him sing a few lines. He’ll be happy. Who knew Sonu would present the song Kya Hua Tera Vaada…sung by Mohammad Rafi before the world.And his voice won everyone’s heart.It’s also surprising that Sonu worked in lots of films as a child artist.Though he wouldn’t like being on the sets much.
He didn’t like the smell of the make-up.And producer directors wouldn’t pay much attention to child artists.He was seen in the movie Betaab as little Sunny Deol.He was seen in many other movies.When he grew up and became a singer….he still was obsessed with becoming a hero. Love In Nepal. Jaani Dushman.He acted as a hero in these movies.Though these movies couldn’t create the magic at the box office….which his singing had.
It’s interesting how he got Gulshan Kumar’s support.This was when he won lots of singing competitions at school.Though he was really good at studies….but his singing was giving him fame.That’s why his parents thought of taking him to Mumbai.His struggle in Mumbai started after appeared for his 12th grade exams.At times he would leave the studio crying….because some other singer would dub songs sung by him.But the God answered his prayers.
He sang a song O Aasmaan Waale. T Series super cassette’s owner Gulshan Kumar loved this song.And he told Sonu that you sing really well.
I’ll surely support you.That was it. It was a fresh start.”The magic of the city drives you nuts.” “Anyone who goes to the city he doesn’t come back.”He also sang for a Kannada film in 1996. The name of the film was Jeevan Saathi.Sonu is considered among the great singers of Karnataka. Sonu was heard as a RJ too on India’s famous radio channel Radio City 91.1 fm. Sonu has such magic in his voice. that he lent his voice to the main lead when Alladdin was being dubbed in Hindi.The list of songs sung by Sonu is really long. Not just in India he has made India proud internationally too.
He hosted the musical show Saregama. He got the blessings of the biggest music directors. He sang many a songs of Rafi on stage. He also sang some remixed songs. And achieved a position in the world of playback singing. wich is not easy to achieve. His guru of Indian classical music was Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. Sonu Nigam got married in 2002 with Madhurima Nigam. And he had a son from this marriage. He named his son Nivaan. Undoubtedly, there is no singer like Sonu nor will there ever be one like him To know more about the lives of great talents.
#20 Mac Mohan – Biography
‘His name is Mohan Makijany, but Gabbar asked him once. ‘Hey, Sambha.’ And he became known as Sambha. although the world knows him as Mac Mohan also. ‘Mac Mohan was born on 24th April, 1938.’ ‘He was born in Karachi city of the British Raj. ‘Then Mac Mohan thought that he will go to Mumabi. and become a cricketer. He really used to play very good cricket but in the meantime he also started theatre in college. ‘Mrs. Shaukat Kaifi told him that he does very good acting. ‘That he should remain connected with IFTA. and also should work in films. In some films Mac Mohan was seen dancing also. These were black and white films and he didn’t have a beard. In initial stages he worked as assistant director to Chetan Anand. and he started with film Haqeeqat. After that he kept doing many roles.
‘Even if Mac Mohan was given a role with 4 lines. he used to come on the screen in such manner. that sometimes even those 4 lines used to overshadow the hero. ‘Mac Mohan also took training in acting. from Filmalaya School of Acting. He was a very stylish man. ‘His clothes always used to be spic and span. Sanjeev Kumar was his close friend. and he used to talk to him freely. Although he had played the role of Sambha very well but many of his scenes were chopped off. Despite that, everybody remembered Sambha. After that whether it was Don, or Karz, or Satte Pe Satta or Zanzeer, or Rafoo Chakkar, or Shaan or Khoon Paseena in each film, Mac Mohan’s presence was enough. After 1975, Mac Mohan never looked back.’
He married Minni. ‘He had two daughters from this marriage. Manjari Makijany and Vinati Makijany, and son Vikrant. He is the maternal uncle of beautiful actress Raveena Tandon. ‘We will have to notice that Sunil Dutt used to be his classmate at Lucknow. His wife Minni is an Ayurvedic doctor. ‘Mac Mohan used to write as well as speak very good English. In 2009 he was signed for film Atithi Tum Kab Joge. But before the shooting could start, Mac Mohan fell ill and he was admitted to Mumbai’s Kokila Dhirubhai Ambani hospital. And 10th May, 2010 was the date when Mac Mohan breathed his last. Undoubtedly, his style, dialogue delivery and looks will be remembered for many eras in the film industry.’
#21 Kamini Kaushal – Biography
‘This is the tale of a heroine who has spanned the era of films..’..from black and white to colour.”She was also seen on television as a host.”Her name is Kamini Kaushal.”Kamini Kaushal’s birth name was Uma Kashyap.”She was born in Lahore.”Date 24th Februrary, 1927.”She was the youngest of two brothers and three sisters.”Her father was professor Shivram Kashyap..”..who used to teach botany at Punjab University.”Professor Kashyap’s name is believed to be well known for botany.”But sadly her father died when she was just 7 years old.’ ‘Kamini Kaushal did B.A. Honours in English literature..”..from Kinnaird College, Lahore.”At that time Kamini Kaushal met famous director Chetan Anand..’..who was making his first film Neecha Nagar.”Kamini Kaushal remained a girl of independent ideas.”She used to work for Akashvani, and do swimming..”..and skating as well.’
.’Kamini Kaushal was choosing her career as a heroine..”..and the news of her romance with Dilip Kumar was spreading..’..and it looked as if Dilip Kumar and Kamini Kaushal will get married..”..when a tragedy struck.”Her elder sister died in this tragedy.”It was a car accident.”Her elder sister was married. She had two young daughters.”Kamini Kaushal decided that she will marry her brother-in-law..”..and will look after their two young children.”From this marriage, Kamini Kaushal also had 3 children.”Rahul, Vidur and Shravan.’
‘And this was the reason why Dilip Kumar..”..and Kamini Kaushal could not marry.”And this fact also is surprising..”..that Kamini Kaushal’s real name was Uma Kashyap..”..so why was she named Kamini?”Actually it so happened that when Chetan Anand was making film Neecha Nagar..”..his wife Uma Anand was also a part of the film.”There cannot be two Uma in one film.”So Uma Kashyap was asked if her name could be changed.’said that her name should start with K..”..because the names of her sister’s daughters also started with K.”So she was named Kamini.’ ‘Kamini Kaushal was the first heroine of her era..’..who continued to work in films even after her marriage.’Whether it was Ashok Kumar or Raj Kapoor..”..whether it was Dev Anand or Dilip Kumar..”..Kamini Kaushal worked with all of them.
‘This fact will surprise you that Kamini Kaushal..’..was the first heroine for whom Lata Mangeshkar sang.”The rest of the heroines come later only.”The name of the film was Ziddi. The year was 1948.”Earlier Lata Mangeshkar used to sing for side characters.”Time passed and Kamini Kaushal turned to character roles.”whether it was Manoj Kumar’s film Upkaar..”..Shaheed, Purab aur Pashchim..”..or Rajesh Khanna’s film Prem Nagar.’
‘It is very surprising that Dilip Kumar liked Kamini Kaushal a lot..”..but since Kamini Kaushal had got married before the romance could bloom….so this relationship could not be carried forward.”After that she was seen on television.”She had made a very popular puppet game.”In 1984 she was seen in Jewel in the Crown..”..which was a very famous British television serial.”The name of her character was aunt Shalini.”Kamini Kaushal is among those limited number of heroines..”..who has seen the history of Indian cinema taking shape.’
#22 Mahesh Bhatt – Biography
This is the story of the ace director Mahesh Bhatt.Mahesh Bhatt was born on 20th September 1948.He is a well-known producer director.And he made some brilliant movies.He was born to Nanabhai Bhatt and Shirin Mohammad Ali.His father was a Gujarati Brahman.And mother was a Gujarati Muslim.His younger brother is Mukesh Bhatt.He did his schooling from Don Bosco High school Mantunga in Mumbai.He started doing summer jobs since his college days.And he was introduced to the great director Raj Khosla.Though his father was an ace producer himself.But when Mahesh Bhatt was just 15 his mother asked him to help his father.So Mahesh Bhatt started working.He kept working for Raj Khosla as his assistant director.
He got married to Loren Wright….whose name was later changed to Kiran Bhatt.His film Aashiqui was based on his romance with his wife….which had Anu Agarwal and Rahul Roy in the lead roles.He had two children from this marriage.Pooja Bhatt and Rahul Bhatt.
But at that time he started having an affair with the actress Parvin Babi.Parvin Babi was actually a patient of paranoia.She found support in Mahesh Bhatt.But soon her condition worsened.And Mahesh Bhatt left her.He divorced his first wife.
And then married Soni Razdan.Soni Razdan had worked in a few soaps.And she has links abroad.They had two children from this marriage.One was named Alia Bhatt. And the other one was named Shaheen Bhatt.It should be noted that he started as a director at the tender age of 26.
Film was Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain.In 1989 came the movie Lahu Ke Do Rang….which had Shabana Azmi and Vinod Khanna in the lead roles.In 1982 he made a film which no one was expecting.This film was based on his personal life.His affair with Parvin Babi had inspired him greatly.The film was named Arth which had Shabana Azmi….and Smita Patil in powerful roles.It also had Kulbhushan Karbanda
In a way he has revisited the area of Arth….which I did in 1983 as a director in the movie Arth….where we had questioned the institution of marriage.Women are told or taught that once you get married you’re in heaven.So we broke that misconception.We had challenged it. Questioned it.
Mahesh kept making movies based on his real life. His movie Saransh made Anupam Kher a big star. And 1990’s Aashique changed the film industry completely.It had Rahul Roy, Anu Agarwal and Deepak Tijori in the main lead.Nadeem Shravan’s music did wonders.And then came Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahi….in which he launched his daughter Pooja Bhatt.Hero was Aamir Khan. In all this, Mahest got addicted to alcohol.He would drink a lot. And it seemed like he would ruin his life.He was having an affair with actress Soni Razdan at that time.And when everyone thought Mahesh would die because of his drinking habit….he quit both drinking and smoking at the right time.After a while I’ve felt that it’s combined impact that has come out is a killer.
The USP of his movies are that along with the story….the music too is very good.It doesn’t matter even if it doesn’t have big superstars.Emran Hashmi is Mahesh Bhatt’s nephew.And Mohit Suri too is related to him.It’s right that this is Mohit Suri’s thinking.As I say that Mahesh Bhatt the director of the 90s….his ears were right for that era.
But in the new century there is a new energy a new constituency….to which Mohit Suri is connected.So he understands certain things which I don’t.It is also to be noted that Mahesh went to Osho for help.And tried to end the jealousy within himself.And then he left Osho.And then he met U.G. Krishnamurthy.Mahesh Bhatt live his life with a careless attitude.He portrayed his real life through movies.And made movies a part of his real life.He gave breaks to the biggest actors.And made amazing movies.Nature has showered heaps on us.Someone else will take it up.Just like him there would be someone else.Life doesn’t end here. Undoubtedly Mahesh Bhatt will be known as the artist….who always wore his heart on his sleeve
#23 Arjun Rampal – Biography
This is Ra One’s story who mess with G One.Yes. We are talking about supermodel movie star Arjun Rampal.Arjun Rampal was born on 26th November 1972.State Madhya Pradesh and city was Jabalpur.He was born in the family which was associated with defense.His grandfather Brigadier Gurdayal Singh was a soldier….who designed the first artillery gun for the Indian Army post independence.He is a Punjab Hindu from his father’s side.And a Sikh from mother’s side.It is surprising to know that he was so influenced by his family….that he had decided that he too will join the national defence academy.And be a soldier.
But before he could get there….his handsome face and awesome looks made him a model.It is also well known that Arjun Rampal’s grandfather….was in love with a Dutch woman.That’s why he divorced his first wife and married the Dutch woman.He had four daughters from this marriage.He named them Radhika, Vandalin, Monica and Pita.Vandalin is Arjun Rampal’s mother.Arjun’s father’s name is Amarjeet Rampal.But his parents didn’t get along. And they divorced.Post that his mother raised both the children.Arjun and his sister.His mother was a teacher at a school in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu.And those two kids were admitted to that very school.School’s name was St Patrick’s school.
It is surprising to note that Arjun did graduation in economics….from Hindu college of the Delhi university.Then he became India’s supermodel.He did modelling nationally and internationally.After that well known film personality Ashok Mehta chose him for his film.Not just him. But great directors like Rajiv Rai too choose Arjun.At the start his acting was criticized a lot.But after that, he slowly became a proficient actor.
His initial movies were….Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat, Deewanapan….Dil Hai Tumhara, Dil Ka Rishta, Vaada etc. etc.Then he was seen in the movie Om Shanti Om.In Don. In Housefull. In Roy.In Chakrayuvh.By then Arjun had become a proficient actorHe was honoured with the national award for the best supporting actor for Rock On.
Arjun got married to supermodel Meher Jessia.Meher Jessia has been Ms. India herself.They got married in 1998.They had two daughters from this marriage.One was named Mahika and the other one was named Maira.Arjun has worked with the greatest actors and directors.He has shared screen space with the biggest superstars.And then he became a film producer as well.Arjun was also seen on TV judging a reality show.Undoubtedly, Arjun’s personality gives him a position..
#24 Ratna Pathak Shah – Biography
Her name is Ratna Pathak Shah.She was born on 18th March 1957.She became quite popular because of the serial Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai.Though she has worked in lots of movies before it.Ratna saw theatre since childhood.Her mother was a Gujarati theatre artist.Her name was Dina Pathak who is from Kathiawad Gujarat.Her father was Punjabi. Name was Baldev Pathak….who was superstar Rajesh Khanna and Dilip Kumar’s dressmaker.She has a little sister. Her name is Supriya Pathak.She is a well know name on Television, movies and theatre.
Ratna was born in Mumbai.She did schooling from J.B.Vachha High School.She spent her childhood in the Parsi colony of Dadar Mumbai.And she is from the 1981 batch of the National School Of Drama.She took professional training in dramatics.And then she moved onto movies. She got work in movies.But she found fame through TV serial.It was titled Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai.Though it’s surprising that the time Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai could become popular….its rating was really low.And despite being popular it was taken off airIt had re runs. And everyone liked Ratna as Maya Sarabhai a lot.
Ratna met Naseeruddin Shah.They met during a drama rehearsal.And this meeting converted into love.And then into marriage.They had two children from their marriage.One was Imaad Shah. And the other was Vivaan Shah.Both became actors.
Naseeruddin had married once before.He had a daughter from that marriage. Name was Heeba Shah.Ratna worked with Heeba in lots of dramas.And she says that Heeba too is my daughter.Thought it’s astonishing that Ratna is a terrific actress.She did wonders in any movie she worked.She created magic on stage, on television.Still she gets few movie offers.She has been connected to theatre and movies since childhood.And then she emerged as an integral part of the changing face of television.Ratna Pathak Shah is one of the compete actresses of the Indian film industry.
#25 Mahima Chaudhry – Biography
This beautiful actress who win everyone’s hearts.Her name was Ritu Chaudhry.The film industry named her Mahima Chaudhry.Mahima was born in the region of Darjeeling.Her father was a Jaat (community) and mother hails from Nepal.She studied at Dohil School of Khutsyom till the 10th grade.And then she went to Darjeeling’s Loreto College.
At first she was seen in TV ads….which had actors like Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai.Later she even became a VJ for a music channel.And then showman Subhash Ghai spotted her.He gave her a role in the movie Pardes.His movie created magic.
Mahima Chaudhry became a star overnight.There was news that she had an affair with India’s tennis player Leander Paes.Before the affair could translate into marriage….Leander grew fond of model Rhea Pillai.And Mahima Chaudhry was heartbroken.
She was seen acting alongside the biggest actors.Be it Shah Rukh Khan or Sanjay Dutt.Be it Ajay Devgan or Anil Kapoor.Her acting was greatly appreciated in every movie.At the start of 2000 Mahima did emerge as a very big star.But God knows what happened after that.She slowly grew distant from movies.
Later the news came that she got married to an architect.His name was Bobby Mukherjee.The year was 2006.She had a daughter named Ariyana from this marriage.She was sometimes seen in election campaigns.
People thought she would television. In the year 2010 she was seen in Nights Bright production film Pusher.Despite doing lots of movies Mahima is still remembered as the Pardes girl.She had put on weight. And that’s why she was in the news.But we can say for a fact that there could be no better….Indian beauty than Mahima in the movie Pardes.
#26 Guddi Maruti – Biography
This is the story of Tahira Parab.She refreshed Tuntun’s memory.She replaced Preeti Ganguly.She is lovingly known as Guddi Maruti.She was born on 4th April 1959.Her father Maruti was a producer, director and actor.Her mother Kamal was also an actress.We saw Guddi Maruti’s comedy in ‘Shola Aur Shabnam’….’Biwi No.1’, ‘Chamatkar’, ‘Khiladi’….and the list goes on.
Guddi Maruti’s real name was Tahira Parab.Her father Mr. Maruti Parab was a good actor and director.He had directed films like ‘Hum Sab Chor Hain’….’Baagi Shehzada’, ‘Kahin Aar Kahin Paar’….’Hum Sab Ustad Hain’.Little Tahira would often go to shoots with her father.’Jaan Haazir Hai’ was being made.A child artist was required.Little Tahira was given the role.Since her pet name was Guddi….so her name was mentioned as Guddi in the credits. Manmohan Desai wanted to change her name.He felt Guddi is a nice name.Everyone would say, “Guddi who? Maruti’s daughter?”So her name became Guddi Maruti.
After ‘Jaan Haazir Hai’ she was seen in….Vijay Sadanah’s movie ‘Sau Din Saas Ke’….and she was just 14 years old at that time.There was a song ‘I have got stuck with a fatso’ in the movie.By then actress Preeti Ganguly had lost weight.She wasn’t suitable for the character.So Guddi Maruti was considered.Her fatness helped her run the household.She was quite young when her father passed away.But it was important to run the household.So she started working.
Many actresses told her to become a heroine.But she had seen how actress Preeti Ganguly….had tried to lose weight and become a heroine.And she had to leave the film industry.Since Guddi Maruti belonged to a film industry family….many actors who were her father’s friend….helped her even after her father passed away.
When Guddi Maruti would go to school, people would tease her.And say, “Fatso, what do you eat?”She would often fight.Once her father told her, “Look, dear.””You are not a heroine. You are a comedian.””So it’s very important for you to laugh at yourself.”Since then she decided that she will laugh at her fatness.As long as Guddi Maruti kept working….no producer allowed her to lose weight. She got married to a businessman.Due to her weight she couldn’t become a mother.
She resumed work.And she became a known face on television.She has worked with great producers and directors like….Pehlaj Nihalani, David Dhawan and Vimal Kumar. She was seen with top actors.Top heroines were her friend.Although she didn’t enjoy television serials that much.But she left an unforgettable mark in the film industry.The trend started by Tuntun, carried forward by Preeti Ganguly…Tahira Parab alias Guddi Maruti took it a notch higher.
#27 Suresh Oberoi – Biography
This is the story of a really powerful actor whose powerful voice….took him to great heights and then his acting….made him one of India’s most famous actors.His name is Suresh Oberoi.Suresh Oberoi was born on 17th December 1946.His father was Anand Sarup Oberoi and mother is Kartar Devi.He was born in Baluchistan’s Keta region.After the partition of India his family had to flee.And they came to Hyderabad.He had four brothers and sisters. He had a big family.His days in Hyderabad were very tough.And then his father took the decision perhaps no one else could.His father went back to Pakistan under a guise.He sold the remaining property and came back to India.And somehow started a medical store.
There was a theatre opposite his medical store in Hyderabad.The posters of new movies would often be put up there.And little Suresh Oberoi harboured dreams of joining movies.Though he did his first play at age 7.Since he studied in a boys school he had to play the role of a girl.He would often watch English movies.And he was quite impressed by Dilip Kumar’s acting.Though he wanted to be a doctor.But when he saw a dead frog on the dissection table….he dropped the idea of becoming a doctor.He then wanted to be a mechanical engineer.But he had not thought about acting then.
He is short. And people would often call him a midget.Everything was just fine in Suresh’s life and his father passed away.He had been to Vaishnav Devi with his brother and father….where his father suffered a heart attack.And he passed away. His got admission to a college.But he and his elder brother Jagmohan couldn’t run the medical store as well.Because these two weren’t that smart.
Then his voice took him to the radio station.And then he moved to FTII.Surprisingly when he reached FTII….he had married Yashodhara just recently.The wedding date was 1st August 1974.He got married in Madras.He had to go FTII immediately after marriage.And then he lied to his wife saying….it’s just a couple of months’ long course of direction.He didn’t tell her that it was a two year long acting course.Eight applicants were selected from thousands of applicants for FTII that year.And Suresh topped the list of those 8 boys.
His son Vivek Oberoi was born in 1975.And then Suresh Oberoi’s FTII course was also completed.He moved to Mumbai with his family.And he somehow made his ends meet through modelling.And during his days of struggle he met his fellow actor Kanwaljeet Singh.He sent him to Vinod Pandey….who was maing a movie Ek Baar Phir.It was to be shot abroad.And Vinod Pandey asked Suresh if he had a passport.He didn’t have a passport. But he still said I do have.He got a passport made the very next day.And he somehow became a part of the movie.The movie didn’t do well.And then his wife told Suresh to go meet Prakash Mehra.Prakash Mehra likes Amitabh Bachchan’s voice.Your voice is also very powerful.Who knows he might sign you.And that is exactly what happened.The main character of the radio program in the movie….Mukkadar Ka Sikandar was given to Suresh Oberoi.And also bagged the movie Laawaris in 1980.
His acting journey had just about begun….he had just about tasted stardom when an incident happen….which threw Suresh off track.The date was 26th April 1985.His elder brother Jagmohan passed away.It was a car accident.And his brother breathed his last in his embrace.He stayed away from acting for 4 years
And then he made a comeback with the movie Aitbaar opposite Dimple Kapadia.He was seen with Amitabh in Coolie.And with Dilip Kumar in Mazdoor.At this point his daughter Meghna was born.Slowly Suresh started leaning towards spirituality.He worked in daily soaps too.And then he also became the host of the television show Jeena Isika Naam Hai.Undoubtedly if a person works hard and is determined….then he’ll achieve success for sure.Something similar happened to Suresh Oberoi.
#28 Mukri – Biography
We sometimes remember him as Nathulal and at times as Taiyyab Ali.His name is Mohammad Umer Mukri.This is the story of the brilliant actor, comedian Mukri.He was born on 5th January 1922.And it’s surprising that he started off with Dilip Kumar.Yes. The Yusuf Khan who was Mukri’s schoolmate.It’s also a known fact that Mukri worked as a clergyman.He used to teach the kids the Quran.And he used to be busy with religious activities.
It’s interesting fact that when he was working as a clergyman at a school….he met Dilip Kumar during the month of Ramzan.And Mukri told him.Look Yusuf, my family is very big. We are financially very weak.I don’t understand what I should do.And then Dilip recommended his name….to Devika Rani the owner of Bombay Talkies.He started working as junior assistant at Bombay Talkies.He started earning money and slowly but surely he started acting too.His career was almost 50 years long.And really amazing memories.
Amitabh’s line from the movie Sharabi is still remembered.It you sport a moustache it should be like Nathulal’s.We get reminded of Akbar Allahabadi’s couplets before Taiyyab Ali.And the smile on Mukri’s face due to which he got a role in Bombay Talkies.It’s also well known that when Mehboob Khan was making Aan….and was launching a new girl Nadira….Mukri too was chosen for a role.The hero was Dilip Kumar and the entire unit was taken for an outdoor shoot.Rooms were arranged for everyone.But Mukri said.
I’ll stay in my childhood friend Yusuf’s room.Why do I need to stay in any other room?And in the dark of the night he got into Nadira’s room….instead of Yusuf’s room by mistake.Nadira screamed as soon as he got into the bed.And there was huge drama.Dilip someone managed Mukri. And said.Don’t do such weird mischiefs.And then a good room was arranged for him.Mukri wouldn’t make people laugh in just movies.Only his dialogue delivery wouldn’t tickle people’s funny bones.In fact, even at private parties….he would often make a mistake purposely….that the entire would gathering of people would laugh.Mukri worked in roughly 600 films.And when he started growing old Balaji Film’s Ekta Kapoor….asked him to work for her in one of her serials.Mukri refused.And then Jeetendra called him up.And then Mukri said.Look, Jeetendra, I don’t know how much longer I’m going to live.If I start working now and the project remains incomplete….then your daughter will be at a loss.And I don’t want that.
Mukri was always a religious person.He would always be in high spirits and make the world laugh.His acting would feel really unique compared to the biggest stars.Be it Dilip Kumar or Amitabh Bachchan.On 4 September 2004 came the time….when Mukri breathed his last in Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital.He was 78 years old then.Mukri had two daughters.Naseem and Amina. And three sons.Nasir, Farooque and Bilal.One of his daughters Naseem has written dialogue for….movies like Dhadkan and Ha Maine Bhi Pyar Kiya.She wrote the screenplay for Dhadkan and also acted in it.Undoubtedly there was no comedian like Mukri….nor will there ever be one like him.Wow. What politeness and magnanimity.
#29 Dilip Joshi – Biography
This is Dilip Joshi’s story. His role as Jethalal Champaklal Gada…became quite popular.He was born on 26th May 1968.In Porbandar, Gujarat.He studied in Mumbai.He graduated from NM College of Commerce and Economics.Dilip Joshi loved mimicry since childhood.His mother thought of making him join theatre.Although during those days acting….wasn’t viewed as a respectable profession.
When Dilip Joshi was doing B.Com….he won an award from Indian National Theatre.For best actor.Dilip Joshi was seen in Gujarati dramas.He played a small role in ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ movie.And an important role in ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’.Be it Gujarati dramas or TV or films….Dilip Joshi’s acting left an impressive mark everywhere.Dilip Joshi married Jaymala Joshi.He has two children. A daughter and a son.
Dilip Joshi knows there are ups and downs in acting.My luck is bad. Wherever I go, I get only beatings.He was jobless for a year.After which he got that serial which changed his life.Yes. ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’.His character Jethalal Champaklal Gada became his identity.
#30 Farida Jalal – Biography
This is the story of a talented actress.She started off as a heroine.And later became superstars’ mother.She was born on 18th May 1949. In New Delhi.Her name is Farida Jalal. Farida Jalal started her career from a reality contest.Yes. It was a talent hunt.Rajesh Khanna was chosen number one as a hero.And Farida Jalal was chosen number one as a heroine. It was Filmfare function.Famous producer Tarachand Barjatya was also present in the function.He liked Farida Jalal so much that…he gave her a chance in ‘Taqdeer’ movie.After working in Rajshri productions her luck shone.
It was followed by ‘Baharon Ki Manzil’.And ‘Aradhna’.In ‘Aradhna’ she was Rajesh Khanna’s heroine.Her name was Renu.During the film’s shoot Sharmila Tagore….also took good care of her.Farida Jalal and actor Danny Denzongpa made a hit pair.Be it ‘Kaala Sona’ or ‘Dharmatma’.Farida Jalal became a talented actress. Famous comedian Mehmood added another feather to her cap.Which was comedy.Because of Mehmood she did comedy in ‘Paras’ movie.From the time of Pyar Ki Kahani’s shoot..Farida Jalal has known Amitabh Bachchan quite well.
It’s noteworthy that she was also invited…for Mr. Bachchan and Jaya’s marriage.Although Farida Jalal was Anil Dhawan’s heroine in ‘Pyar Ki Kahani’….and Tanuja was Amitabh Bachchan’s heroine.Then came the time when Farida Jalal had to quit films.Actually, during the 70s the trend of multi-starrer films started.And even top heroines were doing small roles.So there wasn’t much scope for an actress like Farida Jalal.She realized this and she quit films.She got married to Tabrez.Tabrez was also working in movies.Like ‘Dayar E Madina’.And other social films.They met during the shoot of ‘Jeevan Rekha’ movie.She had to shift to Bangalore after marriage.So she quit films and she has a son from the marriage.She was seen in ‘Bobby’ film.And in Raj Kapoor’s film ‘Heena’ as well.Farida Jalal didn’t look back after ‘Heena’.Then came films like ‘Mammo’..
..’Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’….’Kya Kehna’ and a long list of movies.Farida Jalal was seen in television too.In ‘Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi’ serial.Then she was seen as a television host.The show was ‘Star Yaar Kalakaar’.In films and television her talent ranged from comedy to….emotional scenes from romance to doing mother’s role….Farida Jalal’s name will always be remembered….in the history of Indian cinema.
#31 Mallika Sherawat – Biography
Her name by birth was Reema LambaHer birthdate is 24th October 1976. But when she entered the film industry she killed everyone with her looks.She showed so many bold scenes that it shook all the heroines.Her name is Mallika Sherawat.And indeed left everyone behind in sex symbolism. Film makers started making roles for her considering her lips and body.The biggest film makers like Mani Ratnam required Mallika Sherawat’s item number….for the movie Guru.Mallika Sherawat who was Reema Lamba by birth….hails from Haryana’s area of Hissar.She changed her name to Mallika because….there were other actresses in the industry with the name Reema.When she entered movies her ties with her family weakened.The types of clothes she wore were unimaginable.But success was at her feet.
And her fans would go around holding her photos close to their chests.She studied at the famous school Delhi Public School Mathura Road.She even got a degree in philosophy from Delhi’s Miranda house.Even before she entered movies….she had worked with Amitabh Bachchan in a TV commercial.Then she worked with Shah Rukh Khan as well.And she was seen in some music videos as well.She played a small role in a movie called Jeena Sirf Mere Liye.Then she was given the credit by the name Reema Lamba.
But post Khwahish and Murder Mallika Sherawat never looked back.Not just in India her beauty was appreciated internationally too.She was seen in Jackie Chan’s movie The Myth….in which she did some really bold comic scenes.And with Myth she made it to the Cannes Film Festival.She was at times seen in reality shows or in movies at times.
She would be seen doing item numbers at times.And at times she would find herself in the middle of some controversy.But she would always be visible.And her clothes would always give her a different identity.
#32 Danny Denzongpa – Biography
He was named Sering Tinso Denzongpa.But we know him as Danny Denzongpa.Yes. The villain of the film industries.The original bad man Danny.Danny was born on 25th February 1948.Since he hails from the region of Sikkim he did his schooling there.But when he expressed the desire to join the Indian army….his mother was a little worried. She suggested him to join arts instead of the army.And that’s why Danny went to the FTII.He got the admission. But his initial days were really bad.He would often be made fun of.Someone would make fun of his face.And some would make fun of his accent.And everyone would laugh at his name.And then his dear friend Jaya Bhaduri helped him and said.
Why don’t you name yourself Danny?Because not everyone can call Sering Tins Denzongpa.Danny Denzongpa is catchy.And this is how he got the name Danny.Post his training he worked as a yoga teacher too at FTII.And taught yoga to many of his juniors.His hard work bore fruit.And the late great producer director P.R. Ishara gave him a break…in the movie Zaroorat.
His acting career had just about taken off…and he had to face a lot of problems.And then his friend Jaya Bhaduri came to his rescue once again.This was the time when Gulzar was busy making the movie Mere Apne.Jaya wrote a letter saying that Danny should also get a chance in this film.This is how he became a part of the movie Mere Apne.And then B.R.Chopra’s movie Dhund changed everything.
Everyone knows that Danny is a trained actor.But it’s not well known that he was a great singer too.In the movie Kala Sona he sang a song with Asha Bhosle….which was also picturized on him…the role of Gabbar in his movie Sholay.But due to date problems Danny couldn’t do this role.And Amjad Khan became the immortal Gabbar.Danny can actually play all types of roles.Be it comedy or supporting role.Be it villainy or double role.If we turn our attention to his personal life….we get to know that he got married to Gawa Denzongpa.He has a son and daughter from the marriage.He was honoured with Padma Shree too by the Indian government.He was often nominated for different awards.And he received many awards.Be it the biggest superstar.Danny’s acting gives them a run for their money.Danny is among the few actors who has taken good care of his body….and also inspired many people.Undoubtedly, the position Danny has achieved….in the history of Indian movies is impossible to achieve.
#33 Kader Khan – Biography
‘Jack of all trades artist, Kader Khan.”Whether it is writing, or direction, or acting..”..Kader Khan is number one in everything.”Kader Khan has made everybody laugh..’..but his life has faced major tragedies.”His parents separated from each other due to poverty.'”My mother and father could not get along..’ ‘..and after a while they divorced,’My maternal grandfather came and told my mother.. ..that she will have to marry again.”‘And after that his mother married again.”Kader Khan could not get along with his stepfather..”..and he used to be very sad on seeing his mother working hard.’
‘There came a time when he met other boys from the street..”..and thought of going and working in a factory.”He will earn money which will remove poverty in the house.”He was talking about this with his friends..”..when his mother got a hint of this.”Then his mother told him that 3 rupees cannot remove poverty.”That he won’t be able to change their fate by resorting to child labour.”If he wanted to do something then he should study.’
‘The manner in which his mother asked him to study..”..affected him, and Kader Khan concentrated on his studies.”And that is the reason he started to take part in plays while in college..’..and then started to direct plays.”Kader Khan completed his studies.”He obtained diploma in civil engineering.”Between 1970 and 1975 he used to teach..”..at M.H. Saboo Siddik College of Engineering at Byculla in Mumbai.’ ‘And along with that he continued his work with plays also.”Poverty has not been removed completely..”..and luck was going to change.”Once he acted in a play on the annual day of the college. and Dilip Kumar asked to see it. There was a competition to which my drama was sent.Local Train.It won all the awards.Best director. Best actor. Best supporting actor. All of them.And I also got 1500 rupees cash.Dilip Kumar saw his acting and signed him on for two films.”The films were Sagina Mahato and Bairaag.”This was the time when Narendra Bedi came to Kader Khan..”..and told him that he had seen his play..”..and he wanted him to write dialogues..”..for his film Jawani Diwani.”And from that point Kader Khan started off as a writer.’
‘This century’s great actor Amitabh Bachchan’s..”..two favourite directors Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra..”..used to get him to write dialogues.”God knows how many times Mr. Bachchan has mouthed his dialogues..”..whether it is in the film Amar Akbar Anthony..”..or in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar.’ ‘Not only dialogues, but Kader Khan also wrote..”..screenplays of many films.”He did well as a comedian..”..and became very famous as a villain aslo.’All these people work for me and my party….just like you are working for me. ‘Kader Khan’s chemistry with Govinda was worth watching.”Whenever these two confronted each other..”..the audience was laughing uncontrollably.’
‘Kader Khan’s son Sarfaraz Khan also acted in films.”There is a story behind why Kader Khan left villainy..”..and became a comedian.”It so happened that one day his son got head injury..”..and his head was bleeding.”Kader Khan asked what had happened.”He said that the neighbourhood boys were taunting..’..that his father is a villain and this led to a scuffle..”..and his head was wounded.”After that Kader Khan decided that henceforth..”..he won’t act as a villain. He will do comedy only.”And he did that only.’
‘Kader Khan was given many awards for his dialogues and acting.”He won the award for best dialogues for the film Meri Aawaz Suno..”..and the award for best comedian for Baap Numbari Beta Dus Munbari.”He produced many plays with many young men.’Stand properly.’There is no other artist who is such an all-rounder.”Kader Khan’s name will always be taken with pride.’
#34 Asrani – Biography
This is an awesome actor. Be it comedy or emotion.He has played every character.This is the story of the jailor from the British Era.And the hero of our movie is Gowardhan Asrani.Asrani was born on 1st January 1951 in Rajasthan’s city of Jaipur.Full name is Gowardhan Asrani.
His father settled down in Jaipur during the partition.And started a shop of carpets there.Asrani has four sisters and three brothers.The rest of the family would lean towards the family business.But Asrani had his mind set on something else.He didn’t like studies. He was really weak in mathematics.He somehow passed the tenth grade from St Xavier’s school.And then graduated from Rajasthan Jaipur College.And he also worked as a voice over artist for All India Radio Jaipur.This is how he would get some money and he would fund his studies.But his desire was to be an actor.
Between 1960 and 62 he learnt acting from Sahitya Kalbhai Thakkar.And then he moved to Mumbai.He co-incidentally met Kishore Sahu and Hrishikesh Mukherjee here.They told him to learn acting professionally.And Asrani left for FTII Pune.From 1964 to 1966, he completed his course.And then he thought of trying his luck in movies.He was given a role in the movie Hare Kaanch Ki Chudiyaan.
This was the year when he worked as a hero in a Gujarati film.He was quite active in Gujarati movies till 1979.But he was still not satisfied.It is also a fact that he was supposed to play Rajesh Khanna’s friend….in the movie Aradhana.But then he thought he would look much younger.And that is why he lost that role. The same situation arose during the movie Anand as well.But Hrishikesh Mukherjee gave him a role in the movie Bawarchi….which changed his world.He was a constant in Hrishikesh’s movies.Who can forget his movie Namak Haram.Even Gulzar gave him roles in his movies.Be it his first directed movie Mere Apne or Parichay.
Asrani was among the few actors who became very good friends with….the industry’s two biggest superstars.Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan.Asrani got married to actress Manju who worked with him in quite a few movies.Asrani was honoured with the best comedian award….for Balika Vadhu and Aaj Ki Taaza Khabar.
Undoubtedly Asrani emerged as an actor who worked in solid movies.Be it Abhimaan or Chupke Chupke….or he was seen in Priyandarshan’s movies in the modern era.He has seen every era of the film industry very closely.That’s not it. He even directed movies.Asrani’s name will always be taken proudly in the history of Indian cinema.
#35 Arshad Warsi – Biography
Should we call him as Babban or Circuit? He has weaved his magic on screen every time.His name is Arshad Warsi.Arshad Warsi was born on 19th April 1968.He had a tough childhood.He was orphaned when he was very small.But he faced the difficulties with great courage.He used to go door to door and sell cosmetics at the tender age of 17.And then he started working at a photo lab.He slowly got interested in dance.And he became a part of Mumbai’s Akbar Sami dance group.This is where his choreographic career began.He even assisted Mahesh Bhatt on the movies Tikhana and Kaash. He won India dance competition in 1991.And his dance was greatly appreciated at ..the Dance Championship which was held in London.He slowly started his own dance studio which was called Awesome.And this when he met his soon to be wife….who was a student of the St. Andrew’s college.Her name is Maria Goretti who was a VJ herself.Arshad was associated with an English theatre group as well.He used to do shows for Bharat Dabholkar.
Around 1993 Jaya Bachchan offered him a role….in the movie Tere Mere Sapne.This was ABCL’s first production.And Chandrachur Singh too was seen in this movie alongside him.The movie fared well at the box office.And then came some films which didn’t work as expected at the box office.Betaabi, Hogi Pyar Ki Jeet, Trishakti.All these movies were good. But it seemed….like Arshad would get lost somewhere in the world of movies.But after that came a movie in 2003 which was made by Rajkumar Hirani.It raised Sanjay Dutt’s stature….and Arshad played the character of Circuit in that movie with Sanjay.And this was a comeback which took Arshad back to stardom.He bagged the Filmfare award for the best supporting actor.And then in Lage Raho Munna Bhai too..Arshad played the character of Circuit again.This will surprise you.He was the host of Big Boss 1….which was later hosted by….Amitabh Bachchan, Shilpa Shetty and Salman Khan.
If we turn our attention to his personal life….we get to know that he got married on 14th February 1999.He has a son from this marriage Zaike Warsi.And then a daughter who was named Zenezo Warsi.Undoubtedly, be it serious scenes or action or comedy….Arshad breathes life into any movie with his acting.
#36 Aftab Shivdasani – Biography
This actor was born on 25th June 1978.City was Mumbai.This is the story from a child artist to a film hero.Name is Aftab Shivdasani.Aftab Shivdasani’s parents are Prem and Putli Shivdasani.His father is a Hindu Sindhi and mother is Parsi.He has an elder sister named Afsana Shivdasani.He did his schooling at Mumbai’s Saint Xavier’s high school.And he graduated from HR college of commerce.You’ll be surprised to know that when he was just 14 months old….he was seen in a baby product ad.And then he was seen in lots of TV commercials.
As a child artist he was seen in the movie Mr. India.And then in movies like Awwal Number, Shehenshah, Chaalbaaz Insaniyat….Aftab’s acting was greatly appreciated.He had acted his lots of TV commercials by the time he was 19.And then Ram Gopal Verma filled his life with such fun….that he became Urmila Matondkar’s hero.The film’s name was Mast.This was the time when Aftab was pursuing graduation at the HR college.He was honoured with many awards too.And then he did more movies as a hero.Among them the movie Kasoor was unforgettable.
There was a time when his movies didn’t do that well.His career was on a downward slide.But then he was seen in adult comedies.And he created a name for himself.He was seen in lots of adult comedies….along with Riteish Deshmukh and Vivek Oberoi.He is Kabir Bedi’s brother-in-law.Because he got married to Men Dusan and her sister married Kabir Bedi.And this is how Aftaab became Pooja Bedi’s uncle.Undoubtedly Aftaab has made a serious attempt….at creating a niche for himself as a child artist and a hero.
#37 Naseeruddin Shah – Biography
This is an actor who is professionally trained in theatre and went on to learn acting in movies too. Name is Naseeruddin Shah.He was born on 20th July 1949.He was born in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki area.And did his schooling from St. Anselm’s Ajmer.And did graduation from St Joseph’s college Nainital.Though little Naseer wasn’t too keen on studies.And he was a really shy kid.He didn’t get good results in St. Josephs.And then his father got him admitted to St. Anselm’s Ajmer.This was the school where he opened up completely.His personality was taking shape.At school a play called The Merchant of Venice took place.And when his acting was praised in that play….he understood that now he’ll have to make acting his profession.
After schooling he moved to Aligarh Muslim University in 1971.And then in 1971 he moved to National School Of Drama.Here Abraham Alqazi trained him.And then he decided to apply at the Pune film institute.But his future was still not certain.His thick friend Om Puri too studied with him at NSD and FTII. His acting was getting praise.But looking at his features no one was willing to cast him as a hero.A movie called Ankur released in 1973.After watching this movies Naseeruddin Shah understood….that this parallel cinema will open new doors for a lot of actors.And that is exactly what happened.
In 1975, he was seen in Shyam Benegal’s movie Nishant.Though he was playing small roles….as in he was seen in Prakash Mehra’s Aan baan.But his role in the movie Nishant gave him quite a bit of fame.And then he became an integral part of parallel cinema.Be it Manthan or Mirch Masala or Bhoomika or Junoon.During the 70s and 80s Naseeruddin shone through….in the wave of art cinema was in vogue. By 1989, Naseer tried to work in movies which is considered mainstream.And then he was seen in Hiren Nag’s film Sunaina.Dev Anand too gave Naseer a role in his movie Swami Dada.Then Karma,Tridev made him quite popular.His acting was being praised….but considering his fondness for commercial movies….art cinema distanced itself from him.
If we turn our attention to his personal life….we get to know that he got married when he was just 20.He married Manara Sikhri who was a doctor by profession.He had a daughter from this marriage who was named Heeba.But the marriage didn’t work and after separation….Manara Sikhri went to Iran with her Heeba.And then Naseeruddin started romancing the famous actress Ratna Pathak Shah.This was the time when Naseeruddin used to live in the Bandra region….after completing his course in FTII.
He went to ask for work in one of the great dramatist Satyadev Dubey’s play.And there he met Ratna.They had an affair for 6 years.And then they married.After marriage Naseer shared some facts of her past with his wife Ratna.He told her that he got married when he was 20.He has a 12 year old daughter.He had not seen her for years.And he doesn’t know if she would recognise him.But after Manara’s death his daughter started living with him. A long time had passed. He had two sons from the second marriage.It was a little weird. But life was taking it’s course.Then the time came when Naseeruddin directed….his daughter and his wife in his play.Name was Ismat Appa Ke Naam.This play based on the stories of the great writer Ismat Choktai….was really successful.
After a long struggle….he made the name that few very actors had been able to make.Naseeruddin regretted the fact he didn’t get along with his father.And since that relation had turned bitter….there was more of anger between father and son.Though his uncle used to be his hero when he was little.That was a different scenario.Guns would be fired.Leather jackets were in vogue.Horse riding was in fashion. How much did the mango plantations go for?All these things would be discussed.And these things had a deep impact on little Naseer.In the history of Indian cinema and theatre….Naseeruddin’s name will always be taken with pride.
#38 Neelam Kothari – Biography
‘One of the most beautiful actresses of 80’s decade.”Name Neelam ‘Full name Neelam Kothari.”She was born on 9th November, 1968.”She was born in Hong Kong.”When she was young she had learnt playing keyboard..”..as well as jazz ballet.”Actually her family is in jewellery business and is quite rich.”From Hong Kong her family went to Bangkok.”She had come to Mumbai for a vacation.’ ‘At that time she was very young and did not want to join films.”Her Hindi was also not very good.”She must have been only 14 or 15 years old.”She was studying in 10th standard.”She was playing in her building at Mumbai..”..when film maker Ramesh Behl spotted her.”Ramesh Behl suggested to her parents..”..that she should be allowed to work as heroine in films.”Initially her father refused but later he agreed.’
‘Her first film was with famous actress Tina Munim’s nephew..”..Karan Shah.”The name of the film was Jawani.’The year was 1984.”Although the film didn’t do well on the box office..”..but after that her pairing with Govinda worked very well.”Love 86, Khudgarz, Hatya, Taqatwar, Ilzaam..”..all these films worked very well.’ ‘She was seen in film Ghar Ka Chirag also.”In it she was paired with Chunkey Pandey.”Aag Hi Aag, Paap Ki Duniya. In all these multi-starrers. Neelam had created her own identity.’
‘In film Indrajeet she acted as Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter.”And in film Agneepath she was Bachchan’s sister.”She was also seen in film Hum Saath Saath hain. as Salman Khan’s sister.’ ‘In a very short time Neelam had covered a very long distance.”The innocence of her face, her beauty, her dancing skills all these proved that she is a great heroine.”She kept away from films for some time..”..and she married British businessman’s son Rishi Sethia.’
‘This marriage didn’t last long.”Then Samir Soni entered her life.’Ekta Kapoor had introduced them to each other.”Initially it was a light romance and then without fanfare..”..the two got married.”They married in 2011.”An later she adopted a girl.”She was named Ahana.”She was named Ahana.”Neelam Kothari went back to her jewellery designing.”She was seen as DJ in film Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai.’.’..but most of her time is spent in jewellery designing business.'”There is nothing if there is no love.”‘Surely, there was no actress like Neelam, and there won’t be one.’
#39 Ameesha Patel – Biography
Everybody said Kaho Na Pyaar Hai when this girl came.”Her acting created turmoil.”Her name is Ameesha Patel.”She was born on 9th June, 1975, in Mumbai in Maharashtra.”Amisha Patel was born in a Gujarati family.”Father’s name Amit Patel and mother, Asha Patel.”She has a brother whose name is Ashmit Patel..”..who became an actor.”Amisha Patel is the granddaughter..”..of well-known lawyer and politician barrister Rajni Patel..’..who was associated with Congress Party.’
‘Few people know that Ameesha Patel has taken..”..formal training in Bharatnatyam.”Her name is a combination of her father and mother’s names.”Ami from Amit and sha from Asha.”Amisha.”She studied at Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai.”It is worth noticing that she used to be the head girl in her school.’The year was 1992-93.’
‘After that she went abroad to study biogenetic engineering.”There she studied in this stream for two years..”..and then Ameesha Patel went into the world of economics.”Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.”And you will be surprised to know that she became a gold medallist.’
‘In the beginning she used to work as an economic analyst. The name of the company was Khandwala Securities. Then she received an offer form Morgan Stanley so she left. When she returned to India she joined the theatre group.of well-known theatre director Satyadev Dubey. From economics to theatre. It is difficult to understand the economics of theatre and it is more difficult to understand the person. who understands economics.’ During that time she started modelling also. Although her parents were very conservative but when their daughter did good work, they gave permission. She was associated with big brands. And then Kareena Kapoor did such a thing because of which Ameesha Patel got a very big opportunity. Great film maker Rakesh Roshan was going to launch his son Hrithik Roshan. He was making film Kaho Na Pyaar Hai. Kareena Kapoor was selected, but Bebo said that she was not working.
The offer went to Ameesha Patel. And she got this opportunity during a family lunch. Film Kaho Na Pyaar Hai worked wonders. and after that Ameesha Patel was offered a Telugu film. Its name was Badri. The hero was Pavan Kalyan. This film proved to be a very big hit. In 2001 came Gadar Ek Prem Katha. No one could have imagined at that time that new entrant Ameesha Patel will play. the role of the mother of a 5 year old child and that Sunny Deol, looking much older than her. would play the role of her lover and husband. When Gadar was released, everybody really loved it.
Amisha Patel was given the role in Gadar after giving audition for about 12 hours. For this film she was given special performance award by Filmfare. After that many films came. For example, Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage. in which Hrithik Roshan was with her. Ye Hai Jalwa, Kranti, Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai, Humraaz. Then slowly, Ameesha Patel’s career seemed to be on decline. She worked in South Indian films as well as in Hindi films. She was also seen in Ketan Mehta’s film Mangal Pandey the Rising in which her role was worth watching. In this film also Ameesha Patel had replaced Aishwarya Rai.
Aamir Khan was watching an interview in which. he found Ameesha Patel’s IQ to be very good. ‘And then she was signed up for the film. By the time 2006 came, Ameesha Patel had. already worked in many films. Some had performed very well at the box office and some had flopped completely. ‘She has done low budget films also. She was seen in some item numbers as well. And her figure, her beauty, her attitude of wearing. all kinds of bold dresses, really made her a top heroine. She was seen in Race 2 with Anil Kapoor. She did well in multi-starrer films. but her solo films were facing disappointment.’
‘Amisha Patel’s name was linked with Vikram Bhatt also. ‘It was said that they became friends when the shooting was going on for film Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage. Her relationship with Vikram Bhatt lasted for 5 years. And then the relationship broke. ‘News about some discord between her and her brother. had also become public, but the brother and sister later reconciled. Undoubtedly Ameesha Patel is among those handful of actresses. who has proved with her very first film. that she can become a superstar And after acting in many unique films, Ameesha Patel reached a stage which many new actresses would like to reach.’
#40 Farah Naaz – Biography
‘This is the story of the very beautiful actress Farah Naaz.”In the 80’s decade, Farah had set the box office ringing.”She became an actress who played homely..”..as well as sensual hot characters.’ Farah Naaz. Her full name is Farah Naaz Hashmi.’She was born on 9th December, 1968.”She had familial ties with film industry’s great personalities.”She is well-known actress Shabana Azmi’s niece.’
‘Once legendary actor Dev Anand spotted Farah Naaz..”..at Shabana Azmi’s house.”He was so impressed with her that he thought..’..of making her the heroine in his film.’But Farah Naaz’s mother refused.”Many years later she was seen in Yash Chopra’s film Faasle.”Here also, Dev Anand had recommended Farah’s name..”..to Yash Chopra.”She was only 17 years old when she was seen..’..in 1985 film Faasle.”Her hero in it was Rohan Kapoor..”..son of famous singer Mahendra Kapur.’After that K. C. Bokadia’s film Naseeb Apna Apna..’..set the box office ringing.”Her acting was also appreciated very much..”..in Pranlal Mehta’s film Love 86.’
‘Marte Dum Tak, Naseeb Apna Apna, Love 86..”..Imaandar, Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani..”..all these films were multi-starrers..’..and Farah’s life became the life of a superstar.”She was also seen with Aamir Khan in two films.”In Jawani Zindabad and Issi Ka Naam Zindagi.”But both these films could not make much impact on box office.’She was in film Khuda Gawah also..”..but the shooting was getting delayed..”..so she opted out of the film and later Shilpa Shrodkar did it.”Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Khanna..”..she worked with all these superstars.’
‘When Farah’s career was going slightly downhill..”..she met famous wrestler Dara Singh’s son Vindu Dara Singh.”Their romance started on the sets of a film.”At that time Vindu Dara Singh’s career had just started.’The families objected very strongly..’..but later their families suggested that they should get married.”And so Farah Naaz and Vindu Dara Singh got married.’She had a son from this marriage.’He was named Fateh.”In 2002 he marriage was about to break.”And then despite efforts of her sister Tabu..’.the husband and wife could not unite..’..and they got divorced.”After divorce Farah met film and television actor Sumit Sehgal.”This meeting turned into romance and later into marriage.”Farah did keep away from films, but in 2004..”..she was seen in Hulchul.”In the 80’s decade Farah’s beauty worked wonders..”..which is still remembered.’
#41 Kalpana Kartik – Biography
‘This is the tale of the actress, who has proved in just 6 films..”..as to how talented an actress she is.’ ‘and then she married evergreen Dev Anand.”Name Mona Singha. Name as actress, Kalpana Krtik.’
‘Mona Singha was born in a Christian Punjabi family.”The city was Lahore.”Her father was the tehsildar of Batala in Gurdaspur district.’And she was the youngest among five siblings.’After partition she came to Shimla along with her family.”She studied at St. Bede’s College.”She won the Miss Shimla contest..’..when Dev Anand’s elder brother Chetan Anand spotted her.”He used to make films in Mumbai.’Chetan’s wife Uma Anand was also there.”It will surprise you to know that Uma Anand’s mother was..”..Mona Singha alias Kalpana Kartik’s cousin.”Uma Anand convinced Mona Singha’s family..’.to allow her to become a heroine.”That she will work for their film company Navketan Films.”When she came to Mumbai her name was changed..”..from Mona Singha to Kalpana Kartik.’
‘Her first film was Baazi.”One incident is also well known that Mona Singha..”..had also met a producer of those days, Roop Shaurya.”He had clicked her photos and had suggested..”..that she should work in films.”And around that time Chetan Anand and Uma Anand..”..had also gone there and that is how she started acting.’Guru Dutt was her first director.’
‘And later her younger brother-in-law Chetan Anand..”..had directed her in film Nau Do Gyarah.”It is a well-known fact that Dev Anand’s affair with Suraiya..”..had broken up and Kalpana Kartik entered his life with a new hope.”Both of them decided to get married..”..and that too in the middle of shooting.”No one knew that during lunch break..”..Dev Anand and Kalpana Kartik will get married secretly.”And they did that only.’ ‘But when they came back, the camera man noticed..”..the ring on Dev Anand’s hand and said that..”..earlier the ring was not there.”So how did it happen to be there?”Dev gestured to him to keep quiet and that he will talk later.”And then the news spread that Dev Anand..”..and Kalpana Kartik got married.”It will surprise you to know that Kalpana Kartik..”..has also worked as associate producer.’
‘Film Tere Ghar Ke Samne, Jewel Thief, Prem Pujari..”..Shareef Badmash, Heera Panna and Jaaneman.”In all these films Dev Anand had played the role of main hero.”There was a scene in which Kalpana Kartik..”..had to play the role of a taxi driver.”During that scene Dev Anand had really chopped off..”..a little bit of her hair.”She had cried and said, my hair.’ ‘Everybody thought it was very good acting.”But the fact is that a girl would cry if her hair was cut.”The same thing happened with Kalpana Kartik.’
‘She had two children from her marriage with Dev Anand.”Son Sunil Anand and daughter Devina.’Actually, Dev Anand and Mona Singha were the first couple..”..in film industry who worked together even after marriage.”There were rumours that she and Dev Anand had separated.”But all that was proved to be wrong when Kalpana Kartik said…’..that Dev Anand was a very good father and husband.”He was not called evergreen for no reason.”Whenever he would come he would liven up things.”Really, after Dev Anand’s death Kalpana Kartik became very lonely.’
#42 Sanjay Kapoor – Biography
‘This is the story of the actor, who has a very handsome face..”..who started with a very big banner also..’..he worked with big heroines also..’..but he could not achieve the height of success..’..which was achieved by other actors and producers in his family.”His name is Sanjay Kapoor.”He was born on 17th October, 1965.”He grew up in Chembur in Mumbai.”His father Surendra Kapoor had very close relations..”..with Prithviraj Kapoor’s family.”His father had already worked as assistant in Mughal-E-Azam.”So he had close relations with Yusuf Khan as well.’
‘In childhood, Sanjay Kapoor often used to play..”..with Raj Kapoor’s younger son Rajeev Kapoor.”Sanjeev Kapoor’s two elder brothers Boney Kapoor..”..and Anil Kapoor has made their own places in the film industry.”Boney Kapoor had become a well-known producer..’..and Anil Kapoor, a superstar.’
‘Sanjay Kapoor began with film Prem.”This film should have been made much earlier..”..but its director Shekhar Kapoor took too long.”And then Satish Kaushik was hired to direct this film.”It took very long to make the film.”This was the time when rumours were floating..”..about Sanjay Kapoor and Tabu’s affair.”But by the time this film was completed, their relationship broke.’
‘Film Prem was made with lots of hard work but it didn’t do well.”After that he was seen in film Raja..”..and his heroine was Madhuri Dixit.’This film proved to be a blockbuster.’But at that time Madhuri Dixit was such a big star..’.that all the credit went to her.”Then he was seen in Sohail Khan’s film Auzaar.’He worked with Salman Khan as well as with Priya Gill.”Films Sirf Tum and Chhupa Rustam did well at box office.”But by and by, Sanjay Kapoor’s films..”..couldn’t as well at the box office as they should have.’
‘He married Maheep.”He had children from this marriage.”And then he needed money.”So he did many films without thinking.”He worked in television also.”And with this money he provided for his family.”He tried to make his elder brother and superstar Anil Kapoor..”..to work with him in a film, but his brother didn’t agree.”He pursued him for three or four years..”..and after Anil Kapoor did sign films like Yuvraj..’..and Black and White, but he didn’t work..’..with his real brother Sanjay Kapoor.’
‘Later he became a film producer.”He made the film Tevar for his nephew Arjun Kapoor.”Sanjay Kapoor played negative role also.’For example, in film Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe..’..the role of Esha Deol’s husband.”But over a period of time, Sanjay Kapoor was seen less in films.”He tells very clearly in his interviews..”..whether he achieved success or not..”..but he has found lots of happiness.’
#43 Bindiya Goswami – Biography
A very lively actress.’Her guileless beauty.”Name Bindiya Goswami.”Born on 8th August, 1961.”Bindiya Goswami was born at Kaman, Bharatpur, Rajasthan.”Her father, Shri Venugopal Goswami was a South Indian..”..and her mother Dolly was a Catholic.”It is very well known how Bindiya Goswami joined films.”She was at a party. She was just 14 years old.”There, Hema Malini’s mother spotted her.”she felt that Bindiya Goswami’s face..”..resembled Hema Malini’s face.”Later Bindiya’s name was recommended to some film producers.”Her first film was Jeevan Jyoti..”..in which her hero was Vijay Arora.”Then came film Khatta Meetha.’It’s director was Basu Chatterjee..”..and this multi-starrer film was appreciated very much.’
‘In 1979 film Prem Vivah was released..”..and then came ‘everything is a chaos.”Hrishikesh Mujherjee’s film Golmaal..’..turned Bindiya Goswami into a star.”Actually Bindiya Goswami was the neighbour..”..of Pyarelal of the famous musician pair Lakshmikant-Pyarelal.”Her elder sister Pearl was an air hostess.”Then her mother and sister decided that..”..since Jaya Chakravarthi takes very good care of her daughter..”..she will take good care of Bindiya Goswami also..”..in the film industry.’
‘Bindiya Goswami had bought her first car..”..from great writer Salim Khan, which was a Mercedes.”And one day during the shooting of film Golmaal..”..Mr. Salim went there and took Bindiya Goswami..”..to great producer Ramesh Sippy’s office.”And then she was offered two films.”One film was Shakti, and the other was Shaan.”In Shakti her role was taken over by Smita Patil..”..and since she knew Smita Patil at personal level..”..no controversy arose.’ ‘In film Shaan she was seen with Perveen Babi.”She liked this superstardom very much.”Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Ramesh Sippy..”..Sunil Dutt, she worked will all these great actors.’
‘She also worked as a heroine with her close friend..”..Namrata Dutt’s father, whose name was Sunil Dutt.”Yes, she was a very good friend of Sunil Dutt’s daughter..”..and she was seen with Mr. Dutt in film Jaani Dushman..”..and in Muqabala.”She had appeared in a scene in film Mukti..”..in which she was seen under a shower.’On seeing that scene she feels shy even now.”She had achieved stardom very soon..”..and the world had become her fan.”Her name was linked with Vinod Mehra..”..but the love affair couldn’t last long.’
‘And after that she married well-known director J. P. Dutta.”She met J. P. Dutta in 1976.”The film was Sarhad, and their romance bloomed..”..during the shooting of film Gulami.”She married J. P. Dutta and she has two daughters from this marriage.”Nidhi and Siddhi.”She is about 12 years younger than J. P. Dutta.”She also worked in the costume department..”..for J. P. Dutta’s films Border, Refugee..”..and LOC Kargil.”Surely, Bindiya Goswami came as an innocent heroine..”..and the ups and downs in her story also put spotlight on her
#44 Sulochana Latkar – Biography
‘She was a great actress.”She played mother to the biggest of heroes..”..and earlier she acted as heroine.”Her name is Sulochana Latkar.”She was born on 30th July, 1928, in village Khadaklat. in Chikodi taluk of Belgaum district in Karnataka.”She began her film career many years ago.’ She used to work for Jayprabha Studio at Kolhapur..”..which was owned by Bhalji Pindherkar.”BhaljiPindherkar was her Guru as well.”He was a producer, director and writer.”Sulochana had worked as a junior artist..”.in films Maharathi Karan and Valmiki.’
After that she came as heroine in film Jai Bhavani.”The year was 1948.”this was the year when Mahatma Gandhi was shot..”..and he had died.”After that Bhalji Pindherkar’s studio was set on fire.”Although Bhalji Pindherkar came out of this setback..”.and he had again set up his studio..”..but after that Sulochana came to Pune..”..where Raja Paranjape, Sudhir Phadke..”,,and other colleagues were with her.’Here she did films Vahinichya Bangdya, Bala jojo Re..”..and Stree Janmaa Hi Tujhi Kahani.”These films made her heroine in Marathi films.”In the mea n time she did some Hindi films as well.”For example, Suhagan and Nanhe Munne.”In Suhagan the heroine was Geeta Bali..”..and their friendship became so close..”..that Geeta Bali also named her daughter as Kanchan..”..inspired by Sulochana’s daughter’s name.”Sulochana worked in Pune film industry from 1948 to 1993.’
‘Her Marathi film, Stree Janmaa Hi Tujhi Kahani..”..had achieved great success.”Later this film was made in Hindi as Aurat Teri Yehi Kahani..”..and Bhabhi Ki Chudiyan, which was earlier made in Marathi..”’..as Vahinichya Bangdya.”She worked in about 40 mythological films.”In the meantime Bimal Roy called her to Ranjeet Studio..’..and asked her whether she will play..”..the heroine’s mother’s role in film Sujata.”People tried hard to convince her not to do it..’
‘..but Sulochana didn’t want to miss the chance to work with Bimal Roy.”So she agreed.”At that time Lalita Pawar also explained to her..’..that if she wanted to have a long career..”..she should forget about being a heroine..”..and should accept character roles.”She never looked back after Sujata.”Then from Nassir Husain’s Dil Deke Dekho..”..to J. P. Dutta’s Ghulami, she played many character roles.’ ‘She worked the trinity of the film Industry, Raj Kapoor..”..Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar.”And with Dada Moni Ashok Kumar as well.’
‘Sulochana had made some predictions about two actors.”She had met one of the actors during the shooting of Raaz.”On seeing him she had said that he will certainly become a superstar.”And he did become one. He was Rajesh Khanna.”At the same time she had predicted about another boy.”The film was Reshma Aur Shera.”In it there was Amitabh Bachchan was with her.”And she had said about Amitabh also..”..that he will become a superstar.”And the same thing happened.”Her husband also used to help her very much.”Her husband passed away and her daughter got married. to very famous Marathi actor Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar.”Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar too died four years after marriage.”Sulochana has been through a lot in her life.”She played character roles for about 30 ears.”She was given V. Shantaram award.”Cine Artist Association gave her Lifetime Achievement Award.”Undoubtedly, when Indian cinema’s history is written..”..Sulochana’s name will also feature in the starting pages.”To know about the lives of great talented people.
#45 Manorama – Biography
This is the story of an exceptional actress.Her name was Erin Isaac Daniels.We know her as Maronama .She would be seen in comic or villainous roles.Her screen presence was amazing.
It’s said that Manorama was born on 16th August 1926 in Lahore.It was prior to India’s partition.She was only 9 years old when she participated….in her Lahore’s school function.Seeing her performance famous producer of those times….Roop K. Shorey spotted her.And he decided to cast her in movies.She started working as baby Iris.Since she played the role of a character named Manorama….Shorey said that from today your name is Manorama.Famous actor of those times Chandarmohan…recommended Manorama to many producers.And said that she is very talented. To give her work.She did a Punjabi movie ‘Lachchi’.The movie was a super hit. Her acting was also applauded.
After that she played the role of Dilip Kumar’s sister in…’Ghar Ki Izzat’ movie.In a way she started off with ‘Khazanchi’ movie.After which the journey of her acting continued.But then she met famous actor Rajan Haksar.He was a Kashmiri Pandit.Rajan Haksar also played many negative roles in Hindi movies.She had a daughter from the marriage.Her name is Rita Haksar.
She worked with veteran directors like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee.She got married and then India’s partition happened.The year was 1947.She left Lahore with her husband and settled down in Mumbai.I have spent 30 years thinking about this.Her husband Rajan became a producer.But Manorama didn’t stop working.She worked in many films doing comic or negative roles. Who can forget the aunt in ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’?Manorama herself didn’t know that she would work….for such a long time in films.She worked for almost 60 years.Be it films or television serials.
For a while she left Mumbai and settled down in Delhi.Unfortunately, her marriage ended.But Rajan and Manorama’s friendship didn’t break.Very few people know that her daughter Rita Haksar….worked in ‘Suraj Aur Chanda’ movie as a heroine.Sanjeev Kumar was her hero.Thereafter her daughter married an engineer.And settled down in the Gulf.
Truly. Erin Isaac Daniels worked as a child artist.She saw that period of Indian cinema where everything changed.And she was seen with television’s rising stars too.Her last movie was Deepa Mehta’s movie ‘Water’.Hollywood critics also praised her acting.Her mother was an Irish and her father was a Catholic.Manorama got a good training in childhood itself.Be it dance or singing.That’s the reason why she acted till the end.Don’t you feel ashamed? You have made the entire family proud.You have tarnished my image.After seeing many ups and downs….one day Manorama died.She died in Mumbai on 15th February 2008.There was no character artist like Manorama.Nor will there ever be.
#46 Rohit Shetty – Biography
This is the story of a great artist who led an impoverished life.He lost his father when he was a child.He faced many difficulties to become….the most famous director of today’s times.We know him as Rohit Shetty.He was born on 14th March 1974.His father was a famous fight master.He was known as M.B. Shetty or fighter Shetty.His father got married twice.His first marriage was with Vinodini.He had two sons from this marriage.Hriday Shetty and Uday Shetty.And a daughter named Chaya Shetty.M.B. Shetty got married the second time to Ratna.
Rohit Shetty was born from this marriage.Rohit Shetty has three elder sisters.He lost his father when he was quite young.M.B. Shetty died. And he had to wander here and there.Rohit Shetty’s family didn’t have a house to stay.So he shifted to his grandmother’s house.Which is in Dahisar in Mumbai.But his school was in Santacruz.Rohit Shetty knew that he isn’t a brilliant student.So he decided it’s better to join films than go to college.His elder sister Chanda was working as….famous filmmaker Rahul Rawail’s assistant director.
Those days famous director Kuku Kohli…had also worked with Rahul.He told his sister to somehow get him a job with Kuku Kohli.He was only 15 years old at that time.Kuku Kohli took 1― years to decide..whether to hire this young boy as his assistant.After 1― years he told Rohit he can work with him.That’s when he met great action master and director Veeru Devgn.Veeru Devgn was Shetty’s friend.That’s why he used to take special care of Rohit Shetty.This was the time when Rohit Shetty…used to get only Rs.35 as conveyance.Sometimes he wouldn’t even get paid.But somehow he managed.From Dahisar he shifted to Malad’s Evershine Nagar.Where he took a house on rent.
He would often travel from home to Natraj Studio on foot.It would take him two hours to travel on foot.Then came a time when his family didn’t have any money.That’s when his mother went to megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s house.Mr. Bachchan provided financial assistance to her family.And he also gave them a lot of respect.He shares an extraordinary relation….with talented actor Ajay Devgn.He treats him like an elder brother.What’s amazing is that Ajay Devgn named Rohit’s son Ishaan.His first directorial movie was ‘Zameen’.The movie did average business at the box office.But Ajay Devgn didn’t dump him.Due to which he got more movies.He made so many super hit movies like ‘Golmaal’ series, ‘Bol Bachchan’, ‘Singham’….that he became one of the most bankable directors of the film industry.Very few people know that in Akshay Kumar and….Ajay Devgn starrer movie ‘Suhaag’….Rohit Shetty played a body double to Akshay Kumar.He worked with Anees Bazmee too.He worked with Kuku Kohli.
Gradually he achieved that position where he could proudly….say that he is one of the most famous film directors.He is not only a director, but also a television presenter.He has worked as a judge of reality shows.And also as an anchor of reality shows.He got married to Maya Shetty.In the year 2005.Rohit Shetty is one of those few film directors….who has worked with superstars.From Abhishek Bachchan to Ajay Devgn….from Shahrukh Khan to Ranveer Singh.It’s true that he spent his childhood in poverty.But after struggling a lot in his youth….he achieved that position which is almost..
#47 Sandhya Shantaram – Biography
This is the story of an exceptional actress.Everybody knows her as Sandhya Shantaram. Very few people know that her actual name was Vijaya Deshmukh.Vijaya Deshmukh was a theater actor.Her father used to handle backstage work in theatres.Vijaya Deshmukh and her sister Vatsalya Deshmukh….worked in theatres and then came to Mumbai.For more work.That’s when she met V. Shantaram.It’s an interesting story.Veteran filmmaker V. Shantaram….had published an ad saying he is looking for a new heroine….for his movie ‘Amar Bhoopali’.Vatsalya Deshmukh sent her sister Vijaya Deshmukh for audition . She gave audition.But V. Shantaram wasn’t that impressed.He felt that her features are good.But her face is not suitable for a heroine.But she has a powerful voice.V. Shantaram auditioned other heroines.But in the end he finalized Vijaya Deshmukh.
Shantaram changed her name from Vijaya to Sandhya.’Amar Bhoopali’ which released in 1951 was a huge hit.It was even nominated for Grand Prize….of the 1952 Cannes film festival.It was followed by ‘Parchhain’ in 1952.Where Sandhya worked with V. Shantaram’s second wife Jayashree.This was the time when there were news of…V. Shantaram and Sandhya’s love.They got married in 1956.Sandhya was V. Shantaram’s third wife.His first wife was Vimla and second wife was Jayashree.And Sandhya was his third wife.
It’s a famous incident that for the movie ‘Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje’….V. Shantaram spoke to Vyjayanthimala.And told her to be the movie’s heroine.It’s said that Vyjayanthimala didn’t….want to work in a low budget film.So Sandhya was selected.V. Shantaram wanted to make a movie similar to….maestro dancer Uday Shankar’s movie ‘Kalpana’.Sandhya wasn’t a professional dancer.But she said she will receive training.She worked hard with renowned choreographer..of those times Gopi Krishna.She received training in Kathak.And she used to practice for 18 hours.’Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje’ proved to be a super hit movie.
It was followed by ‘Navrang’…. ‘Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli’ and ‘Pinjra’.This incident is also famous.When V. Shantaram had his third child from his second wife Jayashree…Shantaram had to undergo an eye operation.There was a possibility that he might lose his eyesight.People suggested hiring a nurse.But Sandhya said there is no need for a nurse.I will take care of him.Sandhya took better care of him than a nurse.The day that the bandage from V. Shantaram’s eyes….was going to be removed…Sandhya decorated the room with colorful flowers.She made beautiful designs on the floor.When Shantaram opened his eyes….he saw all the colors and said that this is ‘Navrang’ (Colorful).
That’s how he got the title for his movie ‘Navrang’.Sandhya continued to work with V. Shantaram.In movies like ‘Teen Batti Char Raasta’ and ‘Stree ‘.In ‘Stree’ Sandhya had to play the role of Shakuntala.Where she raises her son Bharat among lions.No body double was used.Sandhya rehearsed with real lions.And befriended them.What’s noteworthy is that when ‘Pinjra’ was made in Marathi….talented actor Shriram Lagoo was seen for the first time.Veteran filmmaker of those times..
..Mehboob Khan promised to pay Sandhya a handsome salary.And told her to work in his movie.V. Shantaram also didn’t have any objection.But Sandhya had decided that she will work only with V. Shantaram.And nobody else.She formed such a bond with Rajkamal….that she never separated from him.V. Shantaram had children from his first two wives.But Sandhya deliberately didn’t have her own children.She said that the other children were also hers.
There is another famous incident.V. Shantaram needed money.He told his first wife Vimla and second wife Jayashree….to pawn their ornaments so that he could get some money.Due to some misunderstandings….Jayashree and V. Shantaram got divorced.
Sandhya maintained friendship with V. Shantaram’s first two wives.And shared a healthy relation with their children too.She accepted every role as a challenge.And she worked in hit movies with her husband….and director V. Shantaram.Truly. Sandhya was the light of V. Shantaram’s life.And she worked in such films which are incomparable.
#48 Sonam – Biography
This is the story of a talented actress.At a very young age she achieved the position…that made her an overnight sensation.Her name is Bakhtavar Khan.We know her as Sonam.She was born on 2nd September 1972.Her father was Mushir Khan and mother was Talat Khan.She was named Bakhtavar.But when she went to Yash Chopra….and she felt that Yash will launch her….she got the screen name Sonam.It’s a famous incident that Feroz Khan….was going to launch her.Feroz Khan was quite impressed with her personality and beauty.
A teenager who was ready for bold songs.The film industry was ready to embrace her.But due to some reason Feroz Khan couldn’t start the movie….that Sonam was going to sign.So she went to Yash Chopra for audition.She had a grand debut with ‘Vijay’ movie.Although she was seen in some movies prior to that.At a young age of 16 she set the silver screen on fire.Her swimsuit photos.It felt that a new heroine has come…who will leave behind old sex symbols.
‘Tridev’ was released in 1989.The song ‘Ooye Ooye’ was such a hit….that Sonam got the title of ‘Ooye Ooye’.Be it Chunky Pandey or Govinda….or Naseeruddin Shah, she was paired with everybody.She worked in some hit multi-starrer movies too.’Ajooba’ and ‘Vishwatma’ are foremost in the list.Sonam did brilliant acting in movies like ‘Lashkar’, ‘Kroadh’….’Mitti Aur Sona’ and ‘Aakhri Ghulam’.During the shoot of ‘Tridev’ movie..
..she had a romantic relation with director Rajiv Rai.Their romance cumulated into marriage.They had a son from the marriage.They named him Gaurav Rai.Everything seemed to be going smoothly.She had stardom, name and fame.But in ’90s famous film producer Gulshan Rai’s son Rajiv Rai….mutually decided with his wife Sonam to leave India.They shifted to America. And then Switzerland.They lived together.But cracks started appearing in their marriage.They decided that when their son Gaurav will turn 18….they will get divorced.
They got divorced and went their separate ways.There was loneliness in Sonam’s life.Dr. Murali Poduval alleviated her loneliness.He is a renowned businessman in Pondicherry.He had also gone through a marriage and divorce.Sonam and Murali fell in love.Their love cumulated into marriage.Sonam has many relatives in Bollywood.The first one is talented actor Raza Murad.She is his niece.
Truly. She stayed away from Bollywood for a long timeBut when she got married, she was again in news.In the history of Indian cinema….Bakhtavar Khan, alias Sonam…is one of those actresses who has achieved that position…on silver screen at a very young age…which many heroines are unable to achieve even after doing 50 films.
#49 Keshto Mukherjee – Biography
Great actors who play small roles….can make a film super hit.Talented actor Keshto Mukherjee has proved this.When you take Keshto Mukherjee’s name….you immediately think of drunkard.Very few people know that Keshto Mukherjee….was a teetotaler.He loved drinking tea.Keshto Mukherjee was born on 7th August 1905.He was a Bengali. Though he liked Mumbai since birth.Great director Ritwik Ghatak was the one who made him an actor.In his first Bengali movie ‘Nagarik’..
..Keshto Mukherjee played an interesting role.Great filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee….gave him a role in ‘Musafir’ movie.He acted in Hindi and Bengali movies.He acted in Ritwik Ghatak’s movie ‘Bari Theke Paliye’ as well.Filmmaker Asit Sen was the one who made….Keshto Mukherjee a typical drunkard.Keshto Mukherjee’s role of a drunkard in the movie….’Maa Aur Mamta’ was loved by everybody.His style became so famous that he played a similar role in….Raj Kapoor’s movie ‘Teesri Kasam’.And in ‘Sadhu Aur Shaitan’.In ‘Padosan’ movie too Keshto Mukherjee’s expressive eyes….spoke many things without saying any dialogue.Who can forget Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s movie ‘Chupke Chupke’?A second before you came..Keshto Mukherjee played an interesting role….in Gulzar’s first movie too.Sometimes he would play small roles and sometimes important roles.
In superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s first super hit movie….’Zanjir’, Keshto Mukherjee played a role….that brings a new twist in Bachchan’s character’s life.Keshto Mukherjee was among those few actors….who despite having a few lines….would express a lot with their eyes and gait.His son Babloo Mukherjee was seen as a comedian in movies.He played comic roles in television too.
Keshto Mukherjee was among those actors…who didn’t give too many interviews….and preferred to lead a private life…that even today he has innumerable fans.Truly. The history of Indian cinema will be incomplete….if we forget Keshto Da, that is, Keshto Mukherjee.
#50 Sarika – Biography
For People and History’s latest biography alert…don’t forget to press the bell icon.This is the story of an actress who won….everybody’s heart with her acting ability as a child artist.Her name is Sarika Thakur.She was born on 5th December 1962.She was very small when her father left her family.And her mother Kamal Thakur got her into films.Kamal Thakur was quite resolute…that her daughter Sarika will work in films.Due to which at a mere age of 4 or 5 years old. Sarika shouldered the burden of her family.Sarika studied acting in Mumbai’s film studios.But she herself couldn’t go to school.Although her mother hired private tutors.But Sarika didn’t get school’s education.Sarika spent a difficult childhood.Her mother would beat her for small mistakes.She would wonder what she has done.She used to work well.
Everybody in the film studio would praise her.And audience would also applaud her.Still her mother would scold her for trivial mistakes.She would even receive beatings.It was the limit when talented actress Sarika….spent Rs.1500 despite earning well.It’s said that she bought some books with the money.Since childhood Sarika loved reading books.But when her mother found out that she has spent Rs.1500…she didn’t spare her.
By the time Sarika turned 21 her mother had purchased many flats in Mumbai.The city where property rates are skyrocketing.Sarika Thakur was unaware of all these things.By the time she came to know, her money had been seized.She left her house when she was only 21 years old.She spent a few days in her car.Sarika somehow managed to survive.It’s obvious that her friends helped her.Due to which she could survive.
What’s amazing is that she made a wonderful pair….with talented actor Sachin Pilgaonkar.She was romantically linked with Sachin.Sarika was also romantically linked with famous cricketer…Kapil Dev and disco dancer Mithun Chakraborty.But Sarika ignored everything and moved on.
As a child artist her first film was ‘Humraz’.Although she acted as Master Sooraj in many movies.She was a girl. But she played the role of a boy in childhood.Her first director was Yash Chopra.Although B.R. Chopra was the director of ‘Humraz’ movie.But Yash Chopra was his assistant.So the child artist was Yash’s responsibility.Many times Sarika has said in her interviews…that she will work for Yash as long as she is alive.Unfortunately, Yash passed away.
Since childhood Sarika worked with many actors and actresses.Be it Meena Kumari or veteran filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee.It’s a different matter that Sarika made a wonderful pair….with Hari Bhai, that is, Sanjeev Kumar.At times she was seen as his daughter.At times his friend. At times his wife. And at times his heroine.Sanjeev Kumar helped her tremendously.He taught her acting. And inspired her to continue working in the film industry.Her career was going great.When news of her relation with…veteran actor Kamal Haasan started doing rounds.Kamal Haasan was already married.He divorced his first wife and came to Sarika. But Sarika believed that she was having her first child….with Kamal Haasan out of wedlock.So their second child should also be out of wedlock.So both of them got married after Shruti Haasan….and Akshara Haasan were born.
It seemed like a happy family.Kamal Haasan as a father and Sarika as a mother.Daughters Shruti and Akshara.Sarika got married when she was only 28 years old.Their marriage lasted 17 years.And then, Kamal Haasan and Sarika parted ways.Sarika has worked in every department of films….be it sound recording or costume designing or direction.And she achieved stardom.
She won the National Award for ‘Parzania’ movie.After divorcing veteran actor Kamal Haasan….she made a comeback in films.She earned money as an actress.But after working from childhood till she turned 50..Sarika realized that there is nothing that..she hasn’t attempted in the film industry.She was seen in television industry.As Amitabh Bachchan’s heroine.In ‘Yudh’ TV series.
She was seen with veteran actor Farooq Sheikh as well.During this time her mother died.Many properties in Mumbai were in her mother’s name.There was a court case.That her mother had disinherited her.It’s well-known that Sarika had a troubled childhood.When her father left her family.Have I become a burden for you?
She left her mother’s house due to her mother’s behavior.She married Kamal Haasan and then divorced him.There is a long list of movies that she did.As a child artist, as a heroine and as a character artist.In every role Sarika proved that she is an exceptional actress.She faced many ups and downs in her personal life.Her work in the field of acting was exceptional.It’s a great tragedy.
#51 Nadeem Shravan – Biography
This is the story of the best music director duo of modern times….Nadeem and Shravan.Nadeem’s full name is Nadeem Akhtar Saifi.He was born on 6th August 1954.Shravan’s full name is Shravan Kumar Rathod.He was born on 13th November 1954.Nadeem used to live in Rosy cottage near Mahim mosque.Since his childhood he was interested in drums and bongos.He even formed a small band with the neighboring kids.Later his family shifted to Mumbai Central.His father had a huge business.He used to construct buildings.He studied in Mazgaon’s St. Mary High School.
In his childhood Nadeem was deeply influenced by Naushad, S.D. Burman….and great music composer duo Shankar-Jaikishan’s music.He saw music composer duo Shankar-Jaikishan’s…Mr. Jaikishan performing live at Gaylord restaurant in Mumbai.His partner Shravan Kumar Rathod….was born in Sirohi in Rajasthan.Shravan’s father Pandit Chaturbhuj Rathod….was a well-known classical singer.He shifted to Mumbai with his father when he was quite small.In Mumbai an organization made…Pandit Chaturbhuj Rathod its music head.Among Pandit’s famous students….was Kalyanji of famous music composer duo Kalyanji-Anandji.There was a musical ambiance at home.But when Shravan watched ‘Aradhana’ movie…he was deeply influenced.
He told his father that he wants to compose music for movies.His father gave him training in live music as well.Shravan used to play many instruments since childhood.Be it Sitar or harmonium or tabla.He has two brothers who entered the world of music.Both of them became singers.Roop Kumar Rathod and Vinod Rathod.One of Shravan’s friends told him….to attend his college’s annual function.It will be great if you could come.I am going to sing there.When Shravan came for the function….he saw Nadeem on the stage playing the Congo.During interval Nadeem and Shravan met.Harish Boppya introduced them.His friend said, “Nadeem, you want to be a music composer.””So does Shravan.””Why don’t both of you join hands and compose music?”Both had a good conversation.It was decided that they will compose music as Nadeem Shravan.Although, both didn’t have any movie.
Shravan was struggling in Sashadhar Mukherjee’s group.And Nadeem with Raj Khosla.Shravan’s father Pandit Chaturbhuj Rathod’s friend was Bachchu Bhai.He was making a Bhojpuri film.Nadeem Shravan composed its music.The music was appreciated.Then in 1981 they got a Hindi film ‘Maine Jeena Seekh Liya’.Famous singer Amit Kumar sang the songs.They composed music for films like Ilaaka’….’Hisaab Khoon Ka’ and ‘Lashkar’.They became friends with disco dancer….disco king Mithun Chakraborty.Mithun Chakraborty strengthened the ties between…Gulshan Kumar and Nadeem Shravan.The games that destiny plays.It often catches you unaware.Nadeem Shravan wanted to record some songs for an album.One after the other the songs were recorded.They were hoping to record only 8 songs.But when the music was so brilliant….even Mahesh Bhatt took notice.It was decided to make a movie with these songs.The movie was ‘Aashiqui’.The movie changed destiny of singers like….Kumar Sanu and Anuradha Paudwal.And it created a sensation in the Hindi music world.Gulshan Kumar became famous.Nadeem Shravan became matchless.Lyrist Sameer’s songs were being sung by every child.Rahul Roy and Anu Aggarwal became…the new poster boy and poster girl.Supporting actor Deepak Tijori also became famous.Both of them reached the peak of success.
‘Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahi’, ‘Sadak’, ‘Sainik’, ‘Raja’…’Dilwale’, ‘Raja Hindustani’, ‘Phool Aur Kaante’.Nadeem and Shravan’s name was everywhere.They became so famous that while once upon a time….they were craving to get one movie….now they had to reject almost 250 films.Both of them were at the top.But just then a tragedy struck and it shook the film industry.Gulshan Kumar was murdered.The date was 12th August 1997.
Mumbai underworld was accused of murdering Gulshan Kumar.And Nadeem-Shravan’s Nadeem was also accused.It was alleged that Nadeem is also involved in the conspiracy.After which he left the country.It’s said that he opened his perfume business in Dubai.
Nadeem and Shravan continued to compose music.Then came the time when they parted ways.It’s amazing that the last film they did together was ‘Dosti’.Talking about their personal life, Nadeem married Sultana.He has a daughter named Saima.And a son named Samar.Shravan Rathod’s two sons Sanjeev and Darshan….went on to become music composers.Both had taken a giant leap. And touched great heights.They went downhill as fast as they achieved stardom.The history of Indian cinema will always remain incomplete….without the great music composer duo Nadeem Shravan.
#52 Renuka Shahane – Biography
This tale is of an exceptional actress….who along with actress is film director as well.Her name is Renuka Shahane. She was born on 7th October 1966.Her father was a naval officer….and her mother Shanta Gokhle was a great novelist.Renuka Shahane studied in Maharashtra..She graduated in psychology from Xavier college in Mumbai….and then completed post graduation in clinical psychology.She wanted to go further with Phd….but before that she stepped in acting career.
Her TV show ‘Surabhi’ was already superhit.Renuka Shahane started her acting career….with the movie ‘Haach Sunbaicha Bhau’.However earlier she had worked with…the stage legend Satyadev Dubey….and had already established herself on stage.Then she was selected to play a lead actress in Aziz Mirza serial ‘Circus’.It was a strange coincidence….since she was called for some other role….but when she read the dialogues of lead actress….everyone agreed that only she could justify the lead role.His leading co-star was Shahrukh Khan.The anchor of famous TV show ‘Surabhi’ Siddharth….was looking for a co-anchor.
Then the name of Renuka Shahane was suggested.Her audition was successful….and with the TV shows like ‘Circus’ and Surabhi’….Renuka Shahane became the well know face of television.However her role in Doordarshan serial….’PC Aur Mausi’ was also effective.From the mid of 80’s….Renuka Shahane was the well know face of television.Her expression and style was liked by all.She was greatly impressed by the legendary artists like…Saeed Aqtar Mirja, Aziz Mirja and Kundan Shah.
‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ director, Sooraj Barjatia….was looking for a girl resembling Madhuri Dixit..to play her sister’s role in the movie.And it was the face of Renuka Shahane.And three people had suggested Renuka Shahane to Sooraj Barjatia.Until then Sooraj was unaware of Renuka’s talent.And on recommendation of three people….Sooraj called Renuka Shahane for story reading….and her character was explained to her.
Film ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ created a history.It seemed that Renuka Shahane will be seen in many more films.But it didn’t happen.Hansel Mehta was making a film named ‘Jayati’.There she met a famous actor Ashutosh Rana.They met each other by a common friend Singer Rajeshwari Sachdev.Ashutosh Rana told her that he is a big fan of her.They met once and kept in touch on phone.However Renuka Shahane had been married to..theatre actor and director, Vijay Kenkare.But soon they were divorced.Ashutosh Rana won her heart with his poems.And finally Renuka Shahane….had to confess her love to Ashutosh Rana.Then they got married and had two sons.They are Shauryamaan and Satyendra.Mean while she had decided to stay at home….and care for family only.But her husband Ashutosh Rana said….that it’s a right time for her to work in good movies.And the inspiration was from the Marathi film ‘Shwaas’.She also directed a Marathi film named ‘Rita’.This was based on her mother’s famous novel ‘Rita Welingkar’….Pallavi Joshi and Jackie Shroff were the lead actors in this movie.
Very few people know that..Renuka Shahane has worked in Telugu film ‘Mani’.It was produced by Ram Gopal Varma.From experimental theater to television….and then after ruling silver screen…she took a long break from her career.But once an artist always an artist.On returning to the screen, she once again got famous.His brother Girish Shahane is also a scholar….and he is totally occupied in the world of art.Renuka Shahane came across many ups and downs in her life.But her sparkling smile attracts many hearts today as well.Renuka Shahane will certainly be the pride of Indian film cinema.
#53 Kiran Rao – Biography
This is the story of an exceptional personHer name is Kiran Rao.Kiran Rao was born on 7th November 1973.She is from Telangana, India.Her grandfather J. Rameshwar Rao….was Raja of Wanaparthy, Wanaparthy district.She did her initial schooling from Kolkata.In 1992 her father decided to shift to Mumbai.She graduated from Sophia College for Women, Mumbai.She did a two-month course from Sophia Polytechnic….in social communications and media.
Later, she shifted to Delhi.She got a degree in mass communication…from Jamia Millia Islamia university, Delhi.Right from the start she was interested in writing painting and photography.She learnt music too.She had decided that she will enter films.She even sent a fax to renowned filmmaker Subhash Ghai.Asking him whether she can be his assistant.Her friend Reema, who later became…an exceptional filmmaker Reema Kagti….told her about a job for assistant director for ‘Lagaan’ movie.She worked as an assistant director….for Ashutosh Gowariker’s movie ‘Lagaan’. At that time she didn’t know that her life is going to change completely.She herself is talented.
But her friendship with Bollywood’s Mr. Perfectionist….changed into love and then marriage.She did some more work with Ashutosh Gowariker.As an assistant.Kiran Rao played a small role in Farhan Akhtar’s movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’.Coincidently we get a good script..Famous actress Aditi Rao Hydari is her cousin.Aamir Khan was already married and had children.So, it’s really nice to see.Through surrogacy she had a son named Azad.There is a tragic story behind this.Through ‘Dhobi Ghat’ we found out….that she is a sensitive scriptwriter and director.She was a part of ‘Ship Of Theseus’ movie too.And then she become a chairperson of….Mumbai Film Festival, MAMI.
Kiran Rao is a vegetarian.She introduced it to her husband Aamir Khan….and inspired him to turn vegetarian.Truly. She is among those few star wives….who understand a superstar’s profession really well.And who is also an integral part of that profession.
#54 Farah Khan – Biography
This is the story of a talented artist.She didn’t make a name for herself only by directing and producing films….but by making superstars dance to her steps.Her name is Farah Khan.She was born on 9th January 1965.Her father was Kamran Khan, who was a stuntman in Bollywood.Later, he started making movies as well.Her mother Menaka Irani was famous child artist Honey Irani….and Daisy Irani’s sister.So that makes Farah Khan Farhan Akhtar’s and Zoya Akhtar’s cousin.She has a younger brother Sajid Khan.He is a comedian, an actor and a film director.Her father is a Muslim and mother a Zoroastrian….from the Irani-Parsi community.Her parents got separated when Farah Khan was very small.The reason being that her parents….were facing financial problems….due to which there were discords.
Kamran Khan’s movies were flopping.Due to which conditions were very Her mother raised her two children in abject poverty.And then there was one film which my father made..Farah Khan was studying in St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai.When Michael Jackson’s album ‘Thriller’ was released.Although Farah Khan had never given dance performances prior to that.But she got so inspired by Michael Jackson…that dancing became her profession.
Farah Khan entered the film industry as an assistant director.As an assistant of Mansoor Khan, the director of cult movie..’Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’.During the shoot of ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’…Farah Khan started teaching new steps to dancers. Director Mansoor Khan found out about this.The story behind this is also very interesting.Renowned choreographer Saroj Khan….left Mansoor Khan’s movie and went to do choreography for a South movie.Mansoor Khan didn’t have any other option.When he saw that Farah was teaching dance steps quite enthusiastically….he gave her the song ‘First love, first trance’ to choreograph.
The song was super hit.Everybody praised her choreography.And the film industry got a new dance master.What’s noteworthy is that Farah Khan’s mother….was Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan’s heroine.Farah, Sajid and Salman spent their childhood together. Farah Khan did choreography for top movies.’Monsoon Wedding’, ‘Bombay Dreams’, ‘Vanity Fair’.She won Filmfare best choreography award.Not once, but six times.Farah Khan became good friends with Shahrukh Khan.They became good friends on the sets of ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’.She decided that if she gets a chance..she will definitely work with him.
Farah Khan directed her first film ‘Main Hoon Na’.With superstar Shahrukh Khan.I think this film has already become a very special film.It was followed by ‘Om Shanti Om’.She casted a new heroine for the movie.The heroine was Deepika Padukone who later became a superstar.After many years she was seen as a main lead…in a film directed by Bela Bhansali Sehgal….’Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi’.Her hero was Boman Irani.
Truly. Farah Khan created history.Because really, it just makes life a lot more easier.Once she was seen as a background dancer.The chance of choreography that she got accidently…took her to great heights.She directed super hit multi-starrer ‘Happy New Year’.Choreographer, dancer, producer.And she also became a reality show judge.And also the host of television celebrity chat show.The show was ‘Tere Mere Beech Mein’.
Farah Khan got married to Shirish Kunder.She has three children.A son and two daughters.She named her son Czar, which means Emperor.And she named her daughters Diva and Anya.Farah Khan was famous for her outspoken behavior.She said whatever was on her mind.Be it Shahrukh Khan or Akshay Kumar….she has worked with everybody.
Truly. Farah Khan is among those few film directors….who made entertaining films.It can be called entertaining….and super hit commercial cinema as well.In the history of Indian cinema….Farah Khan’s name will always be taken with pride.
#55 Usha Uthup – Biography
This is the story of a singer who was rejected….due to her heavy voice.She was made to sit outside the music class.But she created history with her voice.Her name is Usha Uthup.She was born on 7th November 1947.In Mumbai.Her father Vaidyanath Someshwar Sami was from Chennai.He worked in police crime branch.Usha Uthup did her initial schooling from…St. Agnes high school, Clare Road, Byculla, Mumbai.
Since she had a heavy voice her music teacher…threw her out of the class.But she listened to radio and thus polished her voice.Her parents used to listen to western classical music…Indian classical music and Carnatic classical music.She used to listen to music maestros like Kishori Amonkar….and Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.Before settling down in Kolkata…Usha Uthup changed the history of Indian film music
Usha Uthup used to sing in a nightclub.The club was in Chennai.It was called ‘Nine Gems’.She would wear a sari and sing western music.And people would welcome her with applauses.Later, she started singing in Kolkata’s nightclub.It was called ‘Trincas’.That is where she met her future husband.
She sang at Delhi’s Oberoi hotel too.Where Dev Anand’s team people were present.Legendry actor Shashi Kapoor also came there.And said that her voice is meant for the film industry.She sang in ‘Bombay Talkies’ which was Merchant-Ivory’s movie.She sang for Shankar Jaikishan and also for Chitragupta.She sang for R.D. Burman in ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ movie.Dum Maro Dum’s extended version was in Usha Uthup’s voice.
Usha Uthup had not become India’s disco queen yet.Because those days television was limited.And considering her voice, she wasn’t getting too many songs.She was becoming famous in India and abroad.But when disco trend started….Usha Uthup’s name was at the top.Wearing sari, decorative forehead dot and bangles…she would sing so passionately that people would also start swaying.
She won Filmfare award for ‘One Two Cha Cha Cha’ song.And ‘Shaan’ movie’s song ‘We love our friend’.Her two elder sisters Indira and Uma….became famous as Sami sisters.Even today when Usha Uthup comes on stage…everybody holds their breath.They dance to her tunes.Usha Uthup didn’t become famous only as a singer.She was also seen as a judge of reality shows.And she even played exceptional roles in a few movies.Like ‘Bombay To Goa’, ‘Bow Barracks’….and Tamil movie ‘Manmadan Ambu’.
Talking about her personal life….she got married to Jani Chacko Uthup.He is from Kottayam.She has two children.Daughter Anjali and son Sunny.She sang jingles with Jagjit Singh.And as times changed she sang ‘Darling’ song…for Vishal Bharadwaj.Truly. In the history of Indian cinema…Usha Uthup will always be remembered as a legend.
#56 Tanushree Dutta – Biography
This is the story of a beautiful actress….who came to Mumbai from Jamshedpur.And then shifted to America.She became a green card holder.Her name is Tanushree Dutta.Tanushree Dutta was born to Mr. and Mrs. Tapan Dutta.Her father was an LIC officer.She was born on 19th March 1984. At that time Jamshedpur was in Bihar.Tanushree Dutta was born in Jamshedpur.Tanushree Dutta belongs to a Bengali family.She did her schooling from DBMS English school in Jamshedpur.She was about to become a graduate…when she got attracted to modeling and film acting.
She was seen in a famous music video.Black and white song ‘Beloved, come in my heart’ was remixed.Its video was shot.And Tanushree Dutta was one of the four girls.She won Femina Miss India Universe while she was studying.She represented India in Miss Universe 2004.Tanushree earned a lot of fame with her talent.She was one of the top ten finalists.
What usually happens….happened with Tanushree Dutta too.She won a beauty pageant.So the next step was Bollywood.She got movies like ‘Chocolate’ and ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’.Her hot scenes with Emraan Hashmi were appreciated.There were news of her relation with….the director of ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’.But gradually she moved away from movies.She shifted to America. She did a course there.She read some inspiring books.But she spent all her earnings in America.
She came to Isha Yoga center in Coimbatore.Earlier too she was interested in spirituality.She had joined Art Of Living course too.She stayed in a hermitage.But she felt that she cannot attain salvation..by staying in a hermitage. Once she desired to go to Mansarovar.Her father refused to lend her 2 lakhs.Her sister Ishita Dutta, who is a famous actor and model…told her why to bother father?Tanushree Dutta went to Ladakh.She joined a Buddhist meditation center.She turned almost bald too.The barber had cut her hair short.But when she returned home, she told her sister to turn her bald.And her sister did that.Her bald look became famous.
In 2018 she exposed 2008’s controversy.She said such things that Tanushree Dutta..became a sensation in the media.There were accusations against veteran actor Nana Patekar.Some people spoke in support of Tanushree Dutta.Some supported Nana Patekar.There were serious allegations against Ganesh Acharya as well.Her sister Ishita Dutta works in films and serials.Her brother-in-law Vatsal Sheth has also worked in movies.Truly. Tanushree Dutta stayed away from movies for a while.But when she returned, she shook the entire film industry.
#57 Mohammed Aziz – Biography
This is the story of a talented singer.His name is Mohammad Aziz.He’s popular as Munna Aziz.His full name is Syed Mohammad Aziz-un-Nabi.Mohd. Aziz came singing “Aji Oji”, “Gori Ka Sajan, Sajan Ki Gori”,”Mard Tangewala”.These songs made him a popular voice. Let’s take a look at his life.He was born in Kolkata.He was brought up in Kolkata.He was interested in music since childhood.He was inspired by legendary singer Mohd. Rafi.He learnt music by listening to Mohd. Rafi’s songs.At that time Mohd. Aziz aka Munna had no idea that……after the death of Mohd. Rafi the film industry would……see a reflection of Mohd. Rafi in him.
Mohd. Aziz was born on 2nd July, 1954.He was working as a child artiste on stage.But then he went through financial crisis.He had to sing in restaurants and pubs.He used to sing in a club in Kolkata.He gradually became popular as a stage show artist.His voice was unique and he was ready to reach heights of success.He asked his parents to give him a couple of years time and……asked them to allow him to go to Mumbai…..to struggle hard to earn name and fame.If he failed to succeed in two years he would come back.
The struggle in Mumbai shattered him.But he met few nice people who encouraged him to fight back.Salim was a famous producer of yesteryears.His company’s name was Aftab Pictures.Producer Salim Akhtar’s elder brother had sent a letter of reference….through Mohd. Aziz and had requested to give him a chance.Salim Akhtar gave him a lot of support. He started singing for his films.In the meantime he met Swapan Jagmohan.He was composing music for a film named ‘Jyoti’.He was impressed by his voice.He gave Munna Aziz a chance to do playback singing for ‘Jyoti’.’Jyoti’ was re-made in Hindi as ‘Amber’.After that he met Anu Malik.Salim Akhtar arranged the meeting.He used to live as a paying guest in Mumbai.
One day he got the news that he had got a break.He couldn’t sleep and was pleasantly surprised.The messenger told him that Anu Malik had sent him.He had got a break in Manmohan Desai’s film ‘Mard’ that would have Amitabh Bachchan in the lead. The song was “Mard Tangewala, Main Hoon Mard Tangewala”.Mohd. Aziz didn’t have to look back after this song.Kalyanji-Anandji, Laxmikant Pyarelal, RD Burman, Naushad OP Nayyar, Bappi Lahiri, Rajesh Roshan, Ram-Lakshman Ravindra Jain, Usha Khanna The list of music composers with whom Mohd. Aziz worked is a long one.
Be it Sadhna Sargam or Alka Yagnik Lata Mangeshkar or Asha Bhonsle Sunidhi Chauhan or Shreya Ghosal His duets will all the female singers were super-hits.Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan Salman Khan were actors with whom his voice matched well. He sang many songs for Govinda.Mithun Chakraborty and Rishi Kapoor are also a part of this long list.After the demise of Laxmikant of the music composer duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal…Mohd Aziz started getting fewer offers.No one at that time had guessed that the singer…..who became the voice of Amitabh Bachchan….whose voice reminded people of Mohd. Rafi….would suddenly disappear from the film industry.But it happened especially when Amitabh Bachchan retired…..from film industry for few years.But Mohd. Aziz gave awesome stage performances.
Whenever he performed on stage, the world appreciated him.Applauses were showered on him.Be it Bengali film industry or Odiya film industry…Mohd. Aziz left his mark everywhere.The voice that sang for Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Mard’……or for Dilip Kumar in ‘Karma’……or for Lakkhan in ‘Ram Lakhan’……became an evergreen voice.Mohd. Aziz will always occupy a place of pride in…..Indian film industry.
#58 Anuradha Paudwal – Biography
This is the story of a singer who never wanted to sing in films.But when she started performing she earned a place….which is difficult for any singer to attain for herself.Her name is Anuradha Paudwal.She was born 27th October, 1954.She was honoured with Padmashri award by the Indian Government. Music was in her blood.But she never knew that she would become a playback singer.Her father believed that girls from respectable families….never worked in film industry
.Her husband Arun Paudwal worked in the film industry.He worked for Dada Burman.He worked for Dada Burman aka SD Burman.Anuradha Paudwal’s father was worried about her marriage.When he got to know Arun Paudwal well, he gave his consent.They had an age gap of ten years.Her husband Arun Paudwal trained her well….so that she could be a playback singer.There’s an interesting incident about how Anuradha Paudwal….became a playback singer.
Once Mr. Arun took her to Lata Mangeshkar’s recording.Anuradha carefully heard the way Lataji sang.She performed the same song at Aakash Vani’s Yuva Vani show.Lataji’s younger brother Hridyanath Mangeshkar..The famous music composer duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal and…many other music directors called at the radio station..and asked about the girl who sang that song.They were said that it was Alka Nandkarni.Anuradha Paudwal’s name before her marriage was Alka Nandkarni.SD Burman was composing the music of ‘Abhimaan’ at that time.Arun Paudwal was working as his assistant in this project.
Dada Burman asked Anuradha Paudwal to sing a shloka.The Shiva shloka picturized on Jaya Bachchan was recorded in her voice.There was a time when Anuradha Paudwal’s voice was no longer heard.She was greatly inspired by Lata Mangeshkar.She tried to sing her songs by imitating her voice.It affected her voice badly.
She suffered from pneumonia and almost lost her voice.She used to hear only Lata Mangeshkar’s song during this period.When she gradually got her voice back…something miraculous happened.There was a strange melody in her voice.She won many awards in school and college functions.She won her first major film award for the film ‘Utsav’.The song was “Mere Man Baje Mridang”.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal had composed a song “Tu Mera Jaanu Hai”.Anuradha Paudwal dubbed for this song.She asked Laxmikant-Pyarelal to give her a chance to dub for the song.Laxmikant-Pyarelal had made it clear to her that…..Lata Mangeshkar would sing the song.
She said that she would just dub the song and leave.She dubbed the song in one take.She sang it so well that her version was retained for the film.Lataji would be very busy in those days.So the songs subbed by other singers would be finally retained in the film.The same happened with Anuradha Paudwal. Then came her landmark film ‘Aashiqui’.It changed her life. She and Gulshan Kumar were so compatible that….T Series and Anuradha never looked back. Gulshan Kumar was brining in changes in Indian film music industry.Anuradha Paudwal became the voice of change.
‘Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi’, ‘Sadak’, ‘Aashiqui’.Were the films in which Anuradha Paudwal S voice stood out.Her husband was not keeping well during that time.But she was at the peak of success.She lost her child in 1883 and after some time she lost her husband.But she kept singing for her two children.She sang devotional songs as well as film songs.She sang Shiva Mahima in Sanskrit.
In 1997 when Gulshan Kumar was murdered….it affected the film industry and the artists associated with T Series.Anuradha Paudwal gradually shifted towards devotional music.Her songs are re-mixed even today.Her duets with Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan are memorable.Her voice was used for all heroines from Madhuri Dixit to Pooja Bhatt.Anuradha Paudwal was that singer in Indian music history.whose kind name and fame many singers aspire to achieve.
#59 Sunidhi Chauhan – Biography
This story is of an outstanding female singer.Her voice is uniquely kittenish and is very playful.Her name is Sunidhi Chauhan.Sunidhi Chauhan was born on 14th August 1983 in New Delhi.She was born in Rajput family of India.Her father Dushyant Kumar Chauhan is originally from Uttar Pradesh, India.And had served as stage worker at Chiram Bharti Kala Kendra theater at Delhi.Her mother was a house wife.Her mother was the one to inspire her to make career in singing.
From the age of 4 years..she used to participate in local singing competitions.Some of the friends of her father..insisted to get her professionally trained…she could be a great singer in future.Sunidhi Chauhan started concentrating on nothing but music only.She used to repeatedly listen to the cassettes and CDs of old times and used to practice her singing. She used to live at Dilshad Garden area of east Delhi.She studied at Greenway Modern School.After setting her foot firm in singing at early age she left studies.Once well known actress and announcer Tabassum heard Sunidhi singing and then made her the part of her live show Tabassum hit parade.Because of it her family was advised to shift from Delhi to Mumbai.
Her father too had to struggle.He left his job and shifted to Mumbai with Sunidhi..when she was 11 years old.Initially they had to face paucity.After that Sunidhi Chauhan got trained at….great music director duo Kalyanji Anandji.Kalyanji named her Sunidhi.Actually she was named Nidhi at her birth.Kalyanji felt that Sunidhi name would bring her luck.
Sunidhi worked well at Kalyanj Anandji’s institute of Little Wonders.She also performed in many shows.But her father wanted her to become playback singer..and sing for Hindi movies.Her voice was such magical that it captured hearts of all.It’s true that success came to her through famous reality show of India.But when she stepped in playback singing….she proved her real talent.
Her voice suited on every big actress like…Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Kajol and Urmila Matondkar.Famous singer Sonu Nigam too helped Sunidhi.He not only inspired her but also taught her the ways of working.Gradually the magic of Sunidhi’s voice….got her into the list of Top 100 celebrities of Forbes.Everything was going on well.
Industry had found banging playback singer when at the age of 18…Sunidhi Chauhan got married to director and Choreographer Bobby Khan.They had met during a shoot of music video.It’s been said that their love story progressed secretly.But the marriage didn’t go well for long.After that her friendship grew….with well know music composer Hitesh Sonic.Friendship grew into love and then they got married.A baby boy was born to her after marriage.Sunidhi Chauhan won numerous awards.She worked with big music directors.And at a very young age she achieved such great success….that one could just dream about.
#60 Shreya Ghoshal – Biography
This story is of the voice that made such records. which were probably impossible. for any playback singer to achieve at such young age.Her voice has immense maturity.And in the world of playback singing….her voice is incredibly exceptional.Her name is Shreya Ghoshal.Born on 12th March 1984. At the age of four she started getting…professional training in music.She was born in Bengali Hindu family….in Bahrampur, Murshidabad district, west Bengal.She grew up at Rawad Bhata…a small area near Kota city in Rajasthan.Her father Bishwajeet Ghoshal was an electrical engineer….and was employed at nuclear power corporation of India.Her mother’s name is Sharmistha Ghoshal.
Shreya Ghoshal studied at Atomic Energy Central School Rawad Bhata up till eighth standard.In 1995 she won All India light Vocal competition.Later her father was transferred to Bhaba Atomic Research centre.Therefore entire family got shifted to Mumbai.Shreya completed her remaining study at…Atomic Energy Central school in Anushakti Nagar.Then she went to Atomic Energy Junior college….and then she got enrolled at SIES college of Arts, Science and Commerce.
Her mother Sharmistha played an important role….in enhancing voice and career of Shreya.Her mother used to help her in practicing singing.Gradually her fame reached to Mr. Kalyaanji…of Kalyaanji Anandji brothers.For almost 18 months she got trained in his group.She attained great success…through famous singing show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’.He first recorded song was ‘Ganaraj Rangi Nachato’.When she was a small kid….famous film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali noticed her.He was so impressed with her voice…that he selected her as playback singer…for character Paro of his film Devdas.And then everyone got captivated with her magical voice.It seemed that Shreya Ghoshal is proficient in..classical and semi classical singing only.But with the songs like ‘Jaadu Hai Nashaa Hai…and ‘Chalo Tumko Lekar Chale’ that she sung..she became the all rounder in the world of singing.Shreya Ghoshal won many awards including National award.
At Ohio in America….26th June is celebrated as Shreya Ghoshal day.Success of Shreya Ghoshal scaled new height of success…when her name was listed in top 100 celebrity list of Forbes.While in school she befriended Shiladitya MukhopaadhayHe is an electronic engineer by profession.No one ever was able o guess when their friendship turned into love…and reached the stage of marriage.They got married.Certainly Shreya Ghoshal has created….such a place for her in playback singing of Indian Cinema…which many singers could only dream of achieving.
#61 Kishore Kumar – Biography
This is the story of a legendary carefree artist.His name is Kishore Kumar.Kishore Kumar was born on 4th August 1929.He was born in a Bengali family in Kandwa….which is in Madhya Pradesh.He was named Abhas Kumar Ganguly after birth.His father Kunjalal Ganguly was a lawyer.His mother Gauri Devi hailed from a renowned family in Bengal.
Kunjalal Ganguly was called by Kamavishedhar Gokhale family.Kamavishedhar Gokhale’s family called Kunjala Ganguly….to Khandwa to work as their lawyer.Kishore Kumar was the youngest of four siblings.His elder brother was Ashok Kumar followed by Sati Devi….and Anoop Kumar.Kishore Kumar was very young when his elder brother….that is Dadamoni had already become an actor.There’s an interesting story about him which states that….Kishore Kumar’s voice would always break down when he was young.He had a rough voice.But one day he cut his finger and started bleeding.Painkillers were very weak in those days.Whenever the medicines were applied he would cry out loudly.Crying aloud cleared his voice.His voice was no longer rough.All of us are aware of his melodious voice.
Kishore Kumar wanted to follow the footsteps of his elder brother….and become a singer.He was inspired by KL Saigal since childhood.Ashok Kumar wanted his younger brother….Kishore Kumar to be an actor.His name was changed from Abhas to Kishore Kumar.In the film ‘Ziddi’ Hemchandra Prakash gave Kishore Kumar….a chance to do playback singing.The song was “Marne Ki Duyaei Kyun Maangu”. There was a confusion for a long time about the fact….if Kishore Kumar was an actor or director?Was he a singer or lyric writer?Kishore Kumar wasn’t interested in acting.But his elder brother Ashok Kumar pressurized him to act.There was a time when legendary singer Mohd. Rafi….did playback singing for Kishore Kumar.
Kishore Kumar worked in the films of legendary directors….like Bimal Roy and Hrishikesh Mukherjee….like ‘Naukri’ and ‘Musafir’.These films were followed by films like ‘Naya Andaz’, ‘Bhagam Bhag’,’Bhai-Bhai’, ‘Asha’ and the famous ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’.He acted as well and sang for these films.There were many music composers who didn’t consider….Kishore Kumar a proper singer.They said that he was dramatic and always kept acting.It was an era when Talat Mahmood, Mukesh, Mohd. Rafi,Manna Dey were renowned singers.People remember Kishore Kumar’s film ‘Half-Ticket’.
In this film he sang the song “Aake Seedhi Laagi” in which he sang….both the male and female parts.Great music composer SD Burman played a key role….in Kishore Kumar’s career.On their first meeting Kishore Kumar sang a song for….Dada Burman in his Dada Burman’s voice.He was pleasantly surprised.He got the combination of SD Burman and Dev Anand.The song “Gaata Rahe Mera Dil” from Guide….left a great mark on everybody’s minds.
After that Kishore da decided that he would only sing.He stopped acting for sometime.Film ‘Aradhana’ made Rajesh Khanna a super-star and….the Kishore Kumar won the hearts of the audience with his singing.After that be it Rajesh Khanna or Amitabh Bachchan….or Rishi Kapoor, Kishore Kumar sang for all super-stars.Be it RD Burman or Laxmikant-Pyarelal….Bappi Lahiri or Kalyanji-Anandji….all of them were fans of Kishore Kumar’s voice.Kishore Kumar sang most of the songs of every film.
Kishore Kumar also directed films like… ‘Door Wadiyon Mein Kahi’, ‘Chalti Ka Naam Zindagi’,’Door Ka Rahi’, ‘Sabash Daddy’.Some films were completed while others remained incomplete.Who can forget the film ‘Door Gagan Ki Chaaon Mein’?Kishore Kumar was a jovial and happy-go-lucky artist….but at the same time he was very mature.He had a great sixth sense.When legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray was making ‘Pather Panchali’…he needed some money.Kishore Kumar gave him 5000 rupees.Satyajit Ray returned the money after the film was completed.But, Kishore Kumar always kept reminding him….that he had helped him.Kishore Kumar had shot the making of ‘Pather Panchali’.Unfortunately the video cassette went missing.Kishore Kumar’s duets with Lata Mangeskar and Asha Bhonsle….were loved by everybody.
Whether it was a fast or a slow number….Kishore Kumar’s voice ruled everywhere.If we look at the personal life of Kishore Kumar….we’ll see that he was married to Ruma Guhathakurta at a very young age.They had a son whom they named Amit Kumar.The marriage didn’t last long.The marriage lasted only 8-9 years.His second marriage was with the beautiful….and lively actress Madhubala.
It’s believed that Madhubala was in love with Dilip Kumar those days.He needed a shoulder to cry on when they broke off.Kishore Kumar was going through divorce at that time.So they got support in each other and they got married.Kishore Kumar was warned that Madhubala had a heart problem….and might not survive long.Madhubala’s father told them to get married after…she gets treated.But Kishore da said that he would marry her first and….then take her abroad for treatment.Kishore da knew that things weren’t right….as Madhubala’s condition deteriorated.Time passed and one day Madhubala expired.Kishore Kumar was alone and at that time actress Yogita Bali….came in his life.
They were married for two years.But their marriage didn’t last long.He then proposed to marry actress Leena Chandravarkar.Leena Chandravarkar was warned by her friend Sanjeev Kumar….that she shouldn’t be over friendly with Kishore KumarIf he trued to be friendly then she should make him her brother.When Leena asked him the reason….he said that she would land up marrying him.And the same happened.
Kishore Kumar was famous for getting his payments.There was a producer named Talwar.He owed him some money.Since he failed to pay him Kishore Kumar would often visit him and say..”Hey Talwar, give my 8000.”Mr. Talwar was so embarrassed that he paid himKishore Kumar was alone in life.His friends were Amritranjan, Hari Niranjan and Fatafat.You must be wondering who they are.These were the three trees in his bungalow with whom….he would often converse.This story about him became very popular because….once a journalist questioned him that he was alone in life….and never attended any parties.Kishore da had answered that he went for parties that….took place in the lawn of his house.He said that he conversed with the trees in his garden.
Kishore Kumar had a son from his fourth marriage.He was named Sumit Kumar.Kishore Kumar’s heart problems were getting serious.His songs were doing very well.His son Amit Kumar had become a famous playback singer.No one knew that Kishore Kumar would leave the world forever….at the time when he was happy in life and had love.Kishore Kumar had thrown a party on 13th October.Ashok Kumar’s birthday falls on 13th October.
It was a surprise birthday party for his elder brother.The people of the film industry were pouring in….but no one knew that Kishore Kumar had already suffered a heart attack….and he had left the world forever.During his final moments when his wife wanted to call the doctor….he said that he would actually suffer….a heart attack if a doctor came.He said that he would get well.But that didn’t happen.Kishore da passed away and after that his elder brother….never celebrated his birthday.
13th October 1987 was the day when this legendary singer.Lively jovial artist left this world forever.Indian film industry would always remain incomplete. without Kishore Kumar.One artist who completes the film industry is Kishore Kumar.
#62 Sadhana Sargam – Biography
This is the story of that singer whose voice’s effervescence….and impishness and maturity made her….one of the most famous singers of the Indian film industry.Her name is Sadhana Sargam.She was born on 7th March 1969. Sadhana Sargam displayed the power of her voice….at Sawai Gandharva music festival.She was only 4 years old at that time.She even sung the song which was often heard on Doordarshan.”One sun. One moon. And countless stars.”Vasant Desai had composed the song.
She was born in Dabhol.Her family loved music.In Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.Her mother Neela Ghanekar was a classical singer.And she worked as a music teacher as well.Her mother knew famous music composer….and arranger Anil Mohile.At that time Anil Mohile was working as an arranger for Kalyanji-Anandji.Sadhana Sargam joined Kalyanji-Anandji’s group. She was only 10 years old when she won….a central government scholarship.With the help of the scholarship….she learnt classical music from veteran classical singer Pandit Jasraj.Famous music composer Vasant Desai recognized her talent….and said that this girl can sing classical….as well as light music.
Vasant Desai stressed that she should learn under Pandit Jasraj.This girl will reach great heights.That is what happened.When she grew up, she sang for a Gujarati film ‘Kanku Pagla’.Her first Hindi song was ‘Don’t want to stay away’….from ‘Rustom’ movie.But Rustom’s release was delayed. Subhash Ghai’s movie ‘Vidhaata’ was released prior to that.She had sung ‘Seven friends’ song for actress Padmini Kolhapure.It also had the voice of Kishore Kumar.Sadhana Sargam worked as a playback singer in movies…like ‘Taqdeer’, ‘Pigalta Aasman’ ‘Raaj Tilak’, ‘Karishma Kudrat Kaa’.She achieved great fame from ‘Janbaaz’ movie’s song….’Not everybody is destined for it’.
She sang songs for Anu Malik, R.D. Burman, Anand Milind.In ’80s there were three voices….that were most sought-after.Despite having singers like Lata and Asha….these voices showed their power. Sadhana Sargam, Alka Yagnik and Kavita Krishnamurthy.Be it ‘Across the seven seas’ song….or ‘Tridev’ movie’s songs, Sadhana Sargam’s voice….was winning everybody’s heart.She even won the National film award.The music was by maestro Ilaiyaraaja….and the song was ‘Pattu Solli’.Besides Hindi and Marathi..
Sadhana Sargam sang songs in other languages too.Be it hymns or romantic songs. be it naughty songs or duets. Sadhana Sargam proved to be the best.Be it stage shows in India or abroad. or North Indian and South Indian composers. everybody praised her singing ability. Truly. Sadhana Sargam’s melodious voice achieved that position in the Indian film industry. .which can be achieved only with talent and hard work.
#63 Kavita Krishnamurthy – Biography
This is the story of a female singer who proved her mettle……in the time when Lataji and Ashaji were reigning.Her name is Kavita Krishnakurthy Subramanium.Kavita Krishnamurthy was born on 25th January, 1958.She was named Sharda at birth.She was born in a Tamil Iyer family in New Delhi.Her father TS Krishnamurthy worked in education ministry.
On the insistence of her aunt Protima Bhattacharya she started training in music at a very young age.She learned Rabindrasangeet under Surama Basu’s guidance.She trained in Indian classical music under Balaram Puri.She won the gold medal at a music completion when she was……just eight years old.By the mid-60s she had won many medals at inter-ministry classical competitions.She studied in St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai.She got the chance to sing in a Bengali film ‘Sreeman Prithviraj in the year 1971
.Lata Mangeskar also sang this song.Music composer and singer Hemant Kumar recognized her talent.Since a very young age Sharda aka Kavita wanted to work for Indian Foreign Services. She was fourteen years old when she came to Mumbai.She decided to work as a playback singer in Hindi film industry.She has a B.A Honours degree in Economics.She had participated in her college festival Malhar.At that time she met Ranu Mukherjee.Ranu Mukherjee was the daughter of famous music composer and singer Hemant Kumar.Ranu introduced her to Hemant Kumar.Hemant Kumar would make Kavita Krishnamurthy sing for his live shows.When the great singer Manna De noticed her talent he made her sing advertisement jingles.
At an interesting juncture in life she met Jaya Chakravarty.Jaya Chakravarty was the mother of dream girl Hema Malini.She was introduced to Mr. Laxmikant of the famous music composer duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal.Mr. Laxmikant was impressed by her voice.But she didn’t get a chance to do playback. She was used as a dubbing artist.She would dub songs which were finally recorded by Lataji or Ashaji.There was a rumour in the film industry that……Kavita Krishnamurthy would work only for Laxmikant-Pyarelal.Therefore the other music directors didn’t give her chance.
In 1978 she sang her first playback song in Kannada.’Unnadanadu Kala Daga”.This film was directed by Girish Karnard.The song was written by Gyanpeeth award winner Chandrasekhar Kamra.The music was composed by Bhaskar Chandavarkar. In 1980 she sang the song “Kahe Ko Byahi” for the film…… ‘Maang Bharo Sajna’.But the song was deleted in the final version of the film.She then sang the song “Tumse Milkar Na Jaane Kyun”.She didn’t have to look back after this song.This song from ‘Pyar Jhukta Nahi’ became the milestone in her carrier.
It was followed by songs like “Hawa Hawai”, “Karta Hum Pyar Mr. India se” that helped Kavita Krishnamurthy earn name and fame.Interestingly Kavita Krishnamurthy was supposed to dub the song ‘Hawa Hawai’.But later her voice was retained for the song. Kavita Krishnamurthy sang beautiful songs for RD Burman’s last film ‘1942 A Love Story’.Her competitor was Alka Yagnik.She worked with great musicians and earned a place from where she couldn’t be removed.Be it AR Rehman or Rajesh Roshan Ram Lakshman or Ismail Darbar Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin Lalit, Viju Shah or Adesh Srivastava the list is very long.She’s one of those rare singers who sang duets with legends like Kishore Kumar, Mohd. Rafi, Shailandra Singh.
She also sang duets with Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu.Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Mohd. Aziz.These names are in the list of singers she performed with.Be it light music or ghazals or classical music she could perform any genre of music .If we take a look at her personal life we’ll see that she got married to the renowned violinist Dr. L Subramanium in 1999.After marriage Kavita Krishnamurthy distanced herself from film music.But her shows in the foreign lands and foreign collaborations became quite popular. I lost my heart at the first meeting and first sight.
“Kavita Krishnamurthy was also seen in many good reality shows……as a judge.She started a music institute with her husband.It was named Subramanium Academy of performing Arts.Be it playback singing or stage shows.In India or abroad, Kavita Krishnamurthy was the voice that won hearts.
#64 Alka Yagnik – Biography
This is the story of an actress who proved at a very young age….that she would go on to become a famous singer.Her name is Alka Yagnik.She was born on 20th March, 1966.Her mother Sobha Yagnik was a singer.Her parents are Gujaratis.She did her schooling from Modern High School for Girls.She started singing for Aakash Vani (all India Radio)….at the age of six years.When she was ten years old, her mother brought her to Mumbai.She was told that she could become a part of the music industry….once her voice becomes mature.
There’s a popular story that a famous distributor from Kolkata….had written a letter to Raj Kapoor.The great filmmaker Raj Kapoor had sent her….to renowned music directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal after getting the letter.Kalyanji of the famous musical duo Kalyanji-Anandji….would sometimes address Alka as Angna Yagnik. Alka Yagnik trained in Indian classical music.She used to sing bhajans (devotional songs)….for All India Radio, Kolkata.The film ‘Payal Ki Jhankar’ released in 1980.Her voice was heard in that film.This was followed by the film ‘Laawaris’.
The song was ‘Mere Angne Mein Tumhara Kya Kaam Hai’.It was followed by the film ‘Hamari Bahu Alka’.The film that made Madhuri Dixit a super-star also….made Alka Yagnik’s voice popular through a famous song.The lyrics of the song was written by the famous poet Javed Akhtar.Laxmikant-Pyarelal were the music composers of the song. She counted one, two, three in such a way that she left others behind.She won the Filmfare award for this song.Be it RD Burman or Laxmikant-Pyarelal..Rajesh Roshan or Nadeem Shravan..Jatin-Lalit, Any Malik, AR Rehman….Alka Yagnik sang for all the big names in the music industry.Her duets with Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan were super-hits.
Alka Yagnik won many awards.It seemed as if she would win more awards than Asha Bhonsle.She featured as judge in many reality shows like ‘Sa-Re-Ga-Ma-Pa’ and ‘Star Voice of India’. She sang all types of songs from the romantic songs in ‘Qyamat se Qayamat Tak’….to “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai” from ‘Khalnayak’.’Coolie’, ‘Tezaab’, ‘Hum’, ‘Khal-Nayak’, ‘Khuda-Gawah’.’Deewana’, ‘Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’.’Umrao Jaan’, ‘Yuva’, ‘Guru’, ‘Swades’….are films in which songs sung by Alka Yagnik have been appreciated.
“Don’t love me so much that I can’t stay you for a moment.”If we look at her personal life we’ll know that….her father Dharmendra Shankar and Sobha Yagnik….encouraged her to have a good training in vocal music. Lata Mangeshkar is Alka Yagnik’s inspiration.At an age when children played with toys young Alka would sit before the radio….and tried to copy Lata Mangeshkar’s voice.When she met Lata Mangeshkar for the first time she said that she had a lovely voice….but she shouldn’t give up on her education.She got married to Neeraj Kapoor, a businessman from Shillong in the year 1989.
Alka Yagnik and Kavita Krishnamurthy were voices….who made a mark and name for themselves at a time….when legends like Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsale sang. They went through many ups and downs in their marriage.They had a long distance relationship yet they remain married Whether it was Madhuri Dixit or Deepika Padukone.Juhi Chawla or Kajol or Rani Mukherjee….Alka Yagnik’s voice played a major role in every heroine’s stardom.Alka Yagnik will always occupy a place of pride in Indian film industry.
#65 Huma Qureshi – Biography
This is the story of Huma Saleem Qureshi.She is a famous Indian actress and model.I have to tell an entire story and journey of a character.And make people move and believe that..You know, within 10-15 minutes. That’s quite a huge challenge.She was born on 28th July 1986.Her father Saleem Qureshi is a restaurant owner.Her mother Ameena Qureshi is a Kashmiri.She has three brothers.One of the brothers Saqib Saleem is an actor.
Talking about her education….she got a degree in history from the University of Delhi.Initially, she worked as a theatre actor and model.After establishing herself in theatre….she decided to come to Mumbai.Huma Qureshi graduated from Gargi college.Later, she joined N.K. Sharma’s Act 1 theater group.When she came to Mumbai, she had to struggle a bit.In the beginning she worked with many NGOs.And also with some documentary filmmakers. She came to Mumbai in 2008.She auditioned for a movie called ‘Junction’.Although the film was never made.Then she signed a 2-year-contract with Hindustan Unilever.She was signed for their TV ads.She did ads with top starsDuring a mobile company’s ad shoot….renowned writer and director Anurag Kashyap spotted her.He was so impressed with her acting that he told her..
“Huma, very soon you will be my movie’s heroine.Anurag Kashyap kept his promise.He signed Huma Qureshi for three films.Although, it’s true that she was going to debut in ‘Billa 2’.It was a Tamil gangster thriller.It was made by Chakri Toleti.She was selected as the heroine.But since the film was getting delayed….Huma Qureshi left the film.Look. I cannot say that. He will get into trouble.Then she became Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s heroine.She was a part of that movie which created history.It changed the destiny of many actors.
The film was ‘Gangs of Wasseypur Everybody praised Huma Qureshi’s natural acting.Be it ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ or ‘Ek Thi Daayan’….or ‘Ded Ishqiya’ with Madhuri Dixit….Huma Qureshi was praised in all films.She is an amazing co-star.She was seen with superstar Rajnikanth as well.At a very young age Huma Qureshi achieved that position….which is almost impossible for many heroines to achieve.
#66 Mandakini – Biography
She is remembered for the bathing scene under a waterfall.No one ever tried to find out how interesting her life story was.We’re talking about Mandakini.She was born on 30th July, 1963.Her real name was Yasmeen Joseph.She was bor inMeerut,UttarPradesh.She was born in an Anglo-Indian family.Her father Joseph was a British and her mother was Muslim lady.It’s said that earlier she was named Madhuri.
She was even signed for the film ‘Mazloom’.But before ‘Mazloom’ got released Raj Kapoor noticed her.There’s an interesting story according to which the hot and sizzling. Dimple Kapadia was auditioned for ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’.Dimple’s swim suit scenes in ‘Bobby’ were not forgotten by the audience.Dimple was the mother of two kids by this time.But Bollywood was still waiting for her.
When Raj Kapoor noticed the beautiful Yasmeen she was called for screen test.Her name was changed from Yasmeen to Mandakini by Raj Kapoor.’Why don’t you believe me?’There were certain scenes in ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ which were artistic but also very bold for Bollywood.Her pair with Rajeev Kapoor was a hit one. ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ was one of the most popular films of that year.Mandakini worked with big names like…Mithun Chakroborty and Sanjay Dutt.It’s believed that she was signed for ‘Shirin Farhad’…..opposite Kumar Gaurav before Kumar Gaurav’s ‘Love Story’ released.
After ‘Love Story’ became a hit Kumar Gaurav said that he didn’t want to work with new heroines.He wanted to work with established heroines.Therefore, Mandakini didn’t get to work opposite Kumar Gaurav.’Dance Dance, ‘Kahan Hai Kanoon’,’Pyar Karke Dekho’……were films that made Mandakini a famous name. Mandakini also played a small role in N Chandra’s super-hit film ‘Tezaab’.Mandakini got mired in many controversies.She was said to have connections with the underworld.But later on Mandakini cleared everything.She disappeared from Bollywood after 1996 film ‘Zordaar’.Later on it was revealed that she got married to ex-Buddhist monk……Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur.
The baby that featured in the Murphy radio as……was actually Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur.This ad was very popular in the 70s and 80s.They’ve two kids from this marriage.Son Rabbil and daughter Rabze Innaya Thakur. After marriage she started singing.She released two albums – ‘No Vacancy’ and ‘Shambala’.She gradually left the glamour industry.She started living in Versova with her family.She may have acted only for a few years but she left a mark that can never be erased.
#67 Preity Zinta’
The one who has dimples on her cheeks.She is very beautiful and bubbly by nature or to play serious roles.She possess all the qualities.Her name is Preity Zinta.She was born on January 31, 1975.Preity Zinta’s family is from Rohru in Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh.Her father’s name was Durganand Zinta.He was an officer in Indian Army.He died in a car accident….when she was 13 years old.This accident stirred Preity Zinta’s life.The accident also involved her mother, Nilprabha….she was severely injured and consequently remained bedridden for two years.Preity Zinta believes that because of this accident….she became very mature rapidly at young age.This incident became a step in her life.She has two brothers, elder brother Deepankar and younger brother Manish.Deepankar is an officer in the Indian Army….while Manish lives abroad.She studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary boarding school in Shimla.During her studies, Preity Zinta..was more interested in literature.She read many plays written by William Shakespeare.Zinta enrolled at St. Bede’s College, Shimla.She graduated college with an English honours degree.Then started a graduate in psychology.She earned a postgraduate degree in criminal psychology.But later took up modelling.Preity Zinta’s first television commercial was for chocolates.With this she had stepped into the glamour world.It is famous that in 1997.
Preity Zinta met Shekhar Kapur when she accompanied a friend….and he told her..to give an audition after which….he declared that Preity Zinta can work as an actress. Many few people know that Kapur wanted to make movie, ‘Tara Rum Pum Pum’ which would introduce Hrithik Roshan as well as Preity Zinta.But this film got cancelled.Kapur later recommended her for director Mani Ratnam.
Preity Zinta was seen with Shah Rukh Khan in the movie ‘Dil Se’.She never looked back then.She got Lata’s voice and good scripts.In her very first movie she proved that she is a versatile actress.She earned an award from Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for movie, ‘Dil Se’.She was seen with film ‘Sangharsh’ with Akshay Kumar.She did a role of a CBI officer.Her performance was great.Then in the movie ‘Kya Kehna’…she played a role of unmarried mother.’Kya Kehna’ was technically my first film which I did about an unwed mother.”Everyone told me at that time.. if you go back into all the interviews…no heroine gets launched as a unwed mother.’
‘She gets launched as a singing-dancing star.”So I’ve always chosen the unconventional part.”And I’ve always been successful and even if I was not. they were my choices and I’m very happy with them.’With Sanjay Dutt and Hrithik Roshan….she acted in movie, ‘Mission Kashmir’.Famous director Farhan Akhtar’s debut film….’Dil Chahta Hai’, Preity Zinta looked very beautiful.Slowly Preity Zinta started growing in her filmy career.She was seen Abbas-Mastan’s ‘Chori Chori ChupkeChupke’….and she worked with Rani Mukherji and Salman Khan.
She played character of Naina in Karan Johar’s movie ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ as if that character was tailor-made for her.Then she was seen in movie ‘Armaan’ with Amitabh Bachchan and Anil Kapoor. Preity Zinta looked good in every form she was offered.Whether it is ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ or ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’….or ‘Lakshya’ in which she played a role of a TV journalist.Preity Zinta did a film, which shook everyone.Film was ‘Veer Zaara’.She played young as well as old woman’s role.Preity Zinta did justice to the role of two generations.Preity Zinta was climbing the stairs of success in Bollywood….she was in trouble.It is in 2004…when she was doing a concert in Sri Lanka….and there was a bomb blast.Preity Zinta escaped it.When there was an earthquake in Indian ocean in Sri Lanka..
..Preity Zinta’s life was in danger.There was a time when Preity Zinta was produced in the court…because she was getting extortion calls.Many famous actors took part in this complaint.When they had to appear in court, everyone backed out.Only Preity Zinta said….”Yes, I get extortion calls….they are demanding money from me”.Preity Zinta was given protection. She was instructed not to go out in public for two months.She was felicitated with Godfrey’s ‘Mind of Steel’ award.She was felicitated with this award for her courage before underworld.If you see Preity Zinta’s personal life….her name was linked with many guys.
Only Preity Zinta can tell the romantic truth about her life.She is the co-owner of IPL team Kings XI Punjab.Nes Wadia who’s the second co-owner….she was in the news for having affair with him.Preity Zinta moved away from films for some time.She did her comeback with the movie ‘Ishq in Paris’ in 2013.Salman Khan didn’t leave any table unturned to promote this film.She was seen romancing a newcomer.In spite of good publicity….film ‘Ishq in Paris’ didn’t do any wonders at the box office.But Preity Zinta is one amongst the heroines….who have done different things, whether it is social work….films, or cricket ground.Preity Zinta did many unique roles.Whether it parellel cinema or main stream.Preity Zinta’s role in film ‘Videsh’ was appreciable.Comedy, romance, or tragedy, she does all the roles nicely.Her name will be taken with pride in the history of Indian Cinema.To know more about famous personalities..
#68 Kumar Sanu – Biography
This is the story of Kedarnath.Kedarnath who is popularly known as Kumar Sanu. Kumar Sanu was born on 20th October, 1957.He started his career with the name Shanu Bhattacharya.He got to playback for a Bangladeshi film ‘Teen Kanya’. His major Bollywood song was ‘Hero Hiralal’.Let’s see the ups and downs he went through before he got to playback for the film ‘Aashiqui’. His father’s name was Pashupatinath Bhattacharya.He was a devotee of Lord Shiva and therefore named him Kedarnath.But, he didn’t like his name.
He initially trained under Kalyanji-Anandaji.They told him that he had a melodious voice……but his Bengali accent was overpowering.So, he was advised to change his name.He was asked to take up the name Kumar.He was lovingly addressed as Shanu at home.So, he chose the name Kumar Sanu.He wasn’t interested in academics.He was talented since childhood and could sing……while playing the tabla.His elder brother and sister worked for an orchestra group.When he grew up he joined the same orchestra as a rhythm player.There were no restrictions on his music but his father wanted him to study.
He grew up listening every genre of music khayal, thumri, folk music etc.His father was a very good singer.In 1979 he started performing as a singer on stage shows.He started working as a singer in a Hotel named Vinit……in the city of Kolkata. He would get around 4000 rupees as salary.He used to sing the ghazals sang by Kishore Kumar when……he was working as a hotel singer.It was at that time that he decided to work in Bollywood.He left Kolkata and came to Mumbai.
His father didn’t want him to go to Mumbai.He borrowed 1100 rupees from his elder brother and left for Mumbai.It was in 1986.He lived in Vashi with his friends for some time.He got a job in Chembur’s Aradhana guest house.He sang the song “Mere Naina Sawan Bhado” before the audience and he got 9000 rupees as tips for singing this song.He got 5000 rupees for the other song he sang.
When he was recording the songs of Kishore Kumar he met the ghazal maestro Mr. Jagjit Singh.He would go to the same studio to record his ghazals.Jagjit Singh was impressed with his voice and asked him to meet him.He took him to Kalyanji-Anandji. Gradually he sang for great music composers like Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Naushad and Pancham da.His duets with Alka Yagnik were super-hits.
He created history when he sang fro ‘Aashiqui’.He left all the singers behind and became the number one singer.Nadeem-Shravan, Anu Malik, Rajesh Roshan, Anand-Milind were the music directors for whom he sang great songs.His songs for Jatin-Lalit were highly appreciated.If we look at his personal life we’ll see that he had two marriages.His first wife was Rita Bhattacharya.His second wife was Saloni Bhattacharya.He had two daughters from his second marriage.Shanon and Anna.
His family lived in London while he stayed away from his family in Mumbai for work. Words are not enough to appreciate Kumar Shanu’s voice.As an Indian playback singer he has attained success that’s almost impossible for anyone else to achieve.
#69 Ayesha Jhulka – Biography
This is the story of that heroine who reflects innocence….whenever she comes on screen.Her name is Ayesha Jhulka.Ayesha Jhulka was born on 28th July 1972.Her father Inder Kumar Jhulka….was a wing commander in the Indian air force.Ayesha Jhulka entered the film industry at a very young age.And she was paired with new upcoming actors.Like Akshay Kumar.
She did ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’ with Aamir Khan.Who can forget her movie ‘Dalaal’ with Mithun Chakraborty?Although ‘Dalaal’ movie was surrounded by controversies.There were allegations that Ayesha Jhulka’s body double….was used for sex scenes.And also that this movie shouldn’t have been made.’Dalaal’ proved to be the biggest hit of her career.There was a time when she was linked with Armaan Kohli….who wanted to be a hero.Be it Nasir Hussain or Prakash Mehra….all these great filmmakers applauded Ayesha Jhulka’s talent.
Although she started her career with ‘Kaise Kaise Log’ movie.It was the year of 1983.Ayesha Jhulka earned fame in South Indian….and Punjabi movies as well.I feel I will go mad with delight.She did hot scenes with Nana Patekar too.After earning fame and name in the film industry….she got married to businessman Sameer Vashi.And she left the film industry at the peak of her career.She started different businesses with her husband.Construction company, spa business….boutiques, resorts and Goa’s resort etc.
After many years on behest of Anil Sharma who made ‘Gaddar’ movie….she gave her consent for ‘Genius’ movie.Truly. Ayesha Jhulka was among those few heroines….who could play any character quite easilyShe started her career at a very tender age.And she left the film industry also at a very young age.
#70 Himesh Reshammiya – Biography
With his music, singing and acting, he has proved that….superstardom can be achieved only through talent.His name is Himesh Reshammiya.He was born on 23rd July 1973.His father Vipin Reshammiya was a Gujarati music composer.His mother is Madhu Reshammiya.They are from Bhavnagar, Gujarat.
He decided to follow in his father’s footsteps….and make a name for himself in the world of music.He worked as a musician.As a music composer, his voice and his style….won everybody’s heart. ‘Jhalak Dikhla Ja’, ‘Shakalaka Boom Boom’….’Hookah Bar’, all these songs were super hit.In the beginning, his music did wonders in Sohail Khan’s movie….’Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya’. Himesh Reshammiya’s music brought..In both, Indian and western musical style….Himesh Reshammiya is simply outstanding.Be it ‘Tere Naam’ or ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’….Himesh Reshammiya’s music was always super hit.
Himesh Reshammiya got married to Komal….when he was just 21 years old.He has a son named Swayam.In 2016 there were news of Himesh Reshammiya….and Komal filing for divorce.Why the demand has been made?In 2018 they got divorced.Later, Himesh Reshammiya got married….to his girlfriend Sonia Kapoor. Deepika Padukone had debuted in Himesh Reshammiya’s music video.He is not only a music composer and a singer….but also a judge in reality shows.And then he became an actor.’Aap Kaa Surroor’, ‘The Xpose’.He might not have been successful as an actor.But the way he transformed himself….physically as well as mentally….is truly commendable.Truly. He is a great artist of the Indian film industry.
#71 Ravi Kishan – Biography
This is the tale of Ravi Kishen Shukla….a well known actor Ravi Kishen.He was born on 17th July 1969.He was born in one of the chawls in Santacruz area of Mumbai….in a small house.He was the youngest among five siblings.His father was a priest and also owned a small dairy.When Ravi was just 10 years old….his father had a miff with his elder brother.Because of which they had to close down their dairy business….and had to relocate with his entire family to Jonpur Uttar Pradesh.He lived in Jonpur for around seven years.He was not at all interested in studies.He used to miss Mumbai a lot.He was very impressed with one of the dialogues….of Amitabh Bachchan in movie Deewar.”Never have I accepted the money flanged at me’.With such attitude he wanted to achieve something in his life.
However he also was the part of Ram Leela.Most of the times he played the role of Sita in Ram Leela.His father wanted him in dairy business.He also used to get thrashed on denying his father.By borrowing 500 rupees from his mother, he came to Mumbai.On returning to Mumbai, he started living in his same house of Mumbai.And with the help of his friend Ridesh Shetty….he could reach some film makers.He was paid rupees 5000 for acting in a B Grade film ‘Pitambar’.
He character in Salman’s film ‘Tere Naam’ was much acclaimed.And his new identity was created in film industry.He was not getting much success in Mumbai film industry.Therefore someone offered him a Bhojpuri film.He asked his mother whether he must act in Bhojpuri film.Since he used to talk Avadhi language in his family….and Avadhi resembled Bhojpuri language.His mother told him to go ahead with Bhojpuri film.Just do it for your village people.Since then he become a Bhojpuri superstar.His success was so huge….that he shifted from a small house to his own big bungalow.Being a Bhojpuri Superstar….he also was seen in a show ‘Big Boss’.
Ravi Kishen believes that if his father wasn’t stern with him….he certainly would’ve become a goon or a drug addict.Famous dance director Ganesh Acharya….in his childhood used to dance with him….at Santacruz Railway colony.Specially during Ganesh Utsav, they used to have a blast.He considers Saif Ali Khan as one of his closest friend.Along with Bhojpuri films, he also worked in Telugu cinema.In reality show named ‘Jhalak Dikhla Ja’ he was seen as one of the contestants.Then he acted in Kannada film, Tamil film….and also continued acting in Bhojpuri films.
He was awarded as most popular actor during ETV Bhojpuri Samman.He was also a popular face in politics.He represented Indian National Congress….in Jonpur elections but failed to win.After this he joined Bhartiya Janata Party….on suggestion of his friend and competitor Manoj Tiwari.In his personal life he got married to Preeti.They have four children.But still he is very much attached to his home town Bisoni….in Jonpur district of Uttar Pradesh.Raised in a very poor family….Ravi Kishen worked hard, obeyed his parents….and by facing risks, he scaled such height of success….which is dreamed by many struggling actors.
#72 Kumar Gaurav – Biography
This is the story of Manoj Tuli.Manoj Tuli who became a super-star in the 80s.The lover boy from ‘Love Story’ Kumar Gaurav.Kumar Gaurav was born on 11th July, 1960.His father was Jubilee Kumar aka Rajendra Kumar….and his mother was Shukl.He was born in the city of Lucknow.He was named Manoj by his parents.He did his schooling from Bishop’s Cotton School, Shimla.He witnessed the huge stardom of his father.When he told his father that he wanted to be an actor….his father took his screen test.
After the screen test Vijeta Pandit was chosen as his heroine.Mr. Rahul Rawail directed the film but they had some differences….before the completion of the film and Mr. Rahul Rawail….didn’t get the official credit. The music for the film was composed by RD Burman and….the lyrics were written by Mr. Anand Bakshi.It turned out to be a musical hit.The songs of the film became a highlight….of singer Amit Kumar’s career.Kumar Gaurav became a star overnight. His father thought of getting him married to his bosom friend….Raj Kapoor’s daughter Rima.They got engaged and people thought that….Rajendra Kumar and Raj Kapoor would become relatives.During the shooting of the film ‘Love Story’….there were rumours that Kumar Gaurav had fallen….in love with Vijeta Pandit.
He broke off his engagement with Rima.It was a great setback to Rajendra Kumar and Raj Kapoor’s friendship.Kumar Gaurav and Vijeta Pandit’s relation didn’t last long.He fell in love with Namrata Dutt, the elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dutt.They got married and had two daughters.Mother India’s Birju, Ramu and Radha became relatives.Kumar Gaurav had a wonderful screen presence.Girls were crazy for him.But his films weren’t doing well.He worked opposite talented heroines.
Poonam Dhillon, Padmini Kolhapure.Mahesh Bhatt’s film ‘Naam’ in which acted with his brother-in-law….Sanjay Dutt did wonders at the box-office.But Sanjay Dutt more mileage than Kumar Gaurav.’Janam’, ‘Naam’, ‘Phool’ were films in which his work was appreciated.Madhuri Dixit was cast opposite him in the film ‘Phool’. His father-in-law Mr. Sunil Dutt featured in a supporting role.But Kumar Gaurav’s luck never favoured him again.In the 90s Kumar Gaurav had almost disappeared from the industry.He was then seen in some different films like…. ‘Gang’ and ‘Kante’.He was appreciated for his roles.But by that time he had missed his train to success.Super-star Salman Khan is greatly inspired by Kumar Gaurav.His father Rajendra Kumar had given him the lessons.
One should never give his pen, gun and car to anybody.A pen expresses our thoughts and so it should be under your control.A gun is a responsibility.No one can take care of a car better than its owner.Kumar Gaurav featured in many television interviews….where he answered the questions gracefully.His daughter Sanchi got married to….legendary filmmaker Kamal Amrohi’s grandson Bilal Amrohi.There’s an interesting story….why his name was changed from Manoj Tuli to Kumar Gaurav.There was already a superstar Manoj Kumar in the film industry.So when he decided to be an actor his name was changed to Gaurav.Kumar Gaurav is one of those stars who witnessed…superstardom after his very first film.Many actors wait for that kind of stardom even after doing a dozen films.Kumar Gaurav’s name will always occupy a place of pride….for his acting skills, good looks and screen presence.
# 73 Rani Mukerji – Biography
This is the story of Rani (Queen)….who conquered the heart of Aditya Chopra….and also ruled the box office of film industry.She proved that failure at first time is not the big thing….but to keep winning is what matters. Rani Mukerji was born on 21st March 1978.Her father Mr. Ram Mukerji….was a film director and was one of the founder member….of Filmalaya Studios.Her mother Mrs. Krishna Mukerji was a former playback singer.Her elder brother Mr. Raja Mukerji was a producer and director.
Though he couldn’t achieve the success….the way his sister Rani Mukerji did.Her aunt Debashree Roy is the top actress of Bengali films….and her cousin Kajol is a superstar.Initially Rani Mukerji was not willing to act in films.But she played a supporting role in her father’s Bengali film ‘Beyar Phool’.And in 1997 film ‘Raja Ki Aayegi Baarat’….she played a leading lady….since her mother insisted her to become an actress.The film did not receive much acclaim at box office….but the character played by Rani Mukerji…and her acting was highly appreciated.Because of this she was nominated for many awards….and also was awarded with few.Then Rani Mukerji was seen sharing screen space….with Amir Khan in the movie ‘Gulam’.
And she became popular as ‘Khandala Girl’.And in debut film of Karan Johar’s ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’….she left her special mark by playing her character so well….along with superstars like Shahrukh and Kajol.After that by acting in the films like ‘Hum Tum’, ‘Yuva’, Veer-Zara’, ‘Black’.Rani Mukerji dominated the film industry.
She completed her studies at Manigyaku school based in Juhu, Mumbai.And after that she got enrolled in Home Science….at SNDT Women’s university.Very few people know that she is a trained Odissi dancer. In 1994, Salim Khan offered her to act in his film ‘Aa Gale Lag Jaa’.But her father denied the role for her.However she got her acting skills polished at Roshan Taneja’s acting institute….before starting her acting career.
Imagine if Twinkle Khanna would’ve played the role of….Rani Mukerji’s character in film ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’….what would’ve been to the career of Rani Mukerji?But it was her acting ability that showed she would return….even though her films not do well at box office….and will act in a sensitive film like ‘Black’. Everyone knows that initially, voice of Rani Mukerji was disliked.They used to call dubbing artist to dub her dialogues.But with her hard work. Rani Mukerji was accepted with her original voice….and became ‘Mardaani’ of Bollywood.
Her love affair with Aditya Chopra the son of Yash and Pamila Chopra….became the talk of the town.Though Aditya Chopra was already married….he got divorced with his wife and got married to Rani Mukerji.They were blessed with a baby girl.The named her ‘Adira’.After taking a sabbatical, Rani returned in the film ‘Hichki’.
She faced many problems in her life….but she courageously kept overcoming them.Her pairing with all actors like….Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan….Amir Khan or Salman Khan was superhit.Rani Mukerji indeed will always be the pride of Hindi cinema.
#74 Richa Sharma – Biography
This is the story of an actress who was discovered by Dev Anand….but she became the first daughter in law….of legendry actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis. Her name is Richa Sharma.Richa Sharma was born in India….but later migrated to America with her parents.When she was studying in ninth standard….she returned to India and on meeting Dev Anand….she expressed her willingness of playing leading lady of his films.Mr. Dev promised her to fulfil her wish once she grows up.
In 1985, her film named ‘Hum Naujawan’ was released.And then she acted in films like ‘Anubhav’, ‘Insaaf Ki Aawaaj’….’Sadak Chap’, ‘Aag Hi Aag’.At the same time Sanjay Dutt son of legendary actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis….was also making headlines with his acting talent. Some people believe that Sanjay Dutt and Rich met in America….when Sanjay Dutt went there for his treatment.But most of the people say that they met in India..Richa Sharma worked with Bunty Behl, Rekha….Anil Kapoor and also with Shekhar Suman.But her chemistry with Sanjay Dutt was different.
Sanjay Dutt kept insisting her for a date.Their friendship turned into love….and Sanjay Dutt proposed her for marriage.Initially Richa Sharma didn’t answer him.But one day Sanjay Dutt reached America….and told her parents that he wants to marry their daughter.They got married and had a lovely daughter named Trishla Dutt.They got married in 1987.Trishla was born in 1988.
After marriage Richa Sharma had bid adieu to films.Mr. and Mrs. Sanjay Dutt had to face….very strange and sad news after Trishla’s birth.Richa Dutt was detected by brain tumour.Doctors had given up on her.She went through chemotherapy and many surgeries.Richa Sharma along with her daughter Trishla stayed in America….and Sanjay Dutt had returned India.He continued with his acting career in India.Meanwhile the rumours of his love affair….with a famous actress were making rounds
.It was also believed that..Sanjay Dutt wants to divorce his wife….and get married to that heroine.When Richa Sharma returned to India…after curing her ailment….the relation of her with Sanjay Dutt was not the same. Richa Sharma tried to save her marriage….but Sanjay Dutt too had become a broken person.Finally they parted their ways.
After filing a divorce, Richa Sharma was totally shattered.On 10th December 1996, Richa Sharma breathed her last.Sanjay Dutt went to meet Richa for last time but it was too late.After that they had a fight over daughter Trishla’s custody.
Finally families decided that Trishla will grow up….at her grandparent’s house in America.Sanjay Dutt was in the jail and Richa had left this world.It’s a strange tale of destiny.Everything was shattered when everything seemed settled.
#75 Sulakshana Pandit – Biography
This is the story of such an actress whose beauty glimmered on the silver screen. As a singer too she won our heart with her melodious voice.Her name is Sulakshana Pratap Narain Pandit.We know her as Sulakshana Pandit.As such, my father is a retired police DIG. – Police.She was born on 12th July 1954.Sulakshana Pandit is from Hisar.Which is now known as Fatehabad.This district is in Haryana.Her father Pratap Narain Pandit….was a well-known classical singer.And maestro classical singer Pandit Jasraj is her uncle.
Sulakshana has three brothers.Mandheer, Jatin and Lalit.The same Jatin-Lalit who became famous as music composer duo.Her younger sisters are Maya and actress Vijayta Pandit.Her third sister Sandhya Singh is no more.When Sulakshana Pandit was just 9 years old…she started working as a playback singer.Her first song was ‘From across the seven seas’….which she sang along with Lata Mangeshkar.
The movie was ‘Taqdeer’.It was the year of 1967.She participated in many concerts with Mr. Kishore and Mr. Rafi.In ‘Door Ka Raahi’ movie which was released in 1971….she sang the song ‘Fervent heart, go on singing’.She was working as a playback singer….when in 1975 she got a break as a heroine.It was Raghunath Jhalani’s movie ‘Uljhan’.Sanjeev Kumar was her hero. You are sitting timidly as if you are a stranger’s bride.It had songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar.But Sulakshana Pandit also sang one or two songs.’Today, you seem so adorable’.It was followed by ‘Sankoch’ in 1976.She was nominated for Filmfare for this movie.She was Vinod Khanna’s heroine…in Prakash Mehra’s movie ‘Hera Pheri’.
In J. Om Prakash’s movie ‘Apnapan’ she played a wonderful character.Jeetendra was her hero.Even in this movie Lata Mangeshkar sang all songs.But Sulakshana Pandit sang a duet song with Kishore Kumar.The song was ‘We met on Monday’.Anil Ganguly’s movie ‘Khandaan’ which was released in 1979.She was again seen with Jeetendra and Bindiya Goswami.She was working with heroes like Shatrughan Sinha, Kabir Bedi.But her romance with Sanjeev Kumar was in the news.
She did a Bengali film ‘Bandie’.What’s amazing is that Sulakshana Pandit earned an award….for singing Kaifi Azmi’s song that was composed by Khayyam.The movie was ‘Sankalp’.She won Flimfare best playback singer award.She sang songs for actresses like Padmini Kolhapure…Shabana Azmi and Rekha.
Sulakshana Pandit and Sanjeev Kumar worked together in seven movies.During the shoot Sulakshana Pandit fell in love with Sanjeev Kumar.But Sanjeev Kumar was heartbroken….when he sent a marriage proposal to Hema Malini.And Hema rejected it. Gradually Sanjeev Kumar took to alcohol.He was suffering from heart ailments.He went to America for bypass surgery.On 6th November 1985 at the age of 47 Sanjeev Kumar died.Sanjeev Kumar’s death shattered Sulakshana Pandit.
Sulakshana Pandit told Sanjeev Kumar many times that they should get married.But Sanjeev Kumar could never give his consent.Her two brothers Jatin and Lalit went on to become famous music director duo.But they also didn’t give their sister Sulakshana Pandit that many songs.
Sulakshana Pandit was suffering from depression.She even suffered from a broken hip bone.Now she hears her old songs on radio and CD and feels happy.Her brother-in-law Aadesh Shrivastava took good care of her.See the game of fate.Aadesh Shrivastava also died at a very young age.Her sister Sandhya Singh was murdered in 2012. Truly. In the glittery world of Bollywood there are many actresses who have spent the final days of their life in loneliness.Sulakshana Pandit saw many ups and downs.And learnt to overcome them.
#76 Rajinikanth – Biography
He was named Shivaji Rao Gaikwad at birth……but when he appeared on silver screen……he was addressed as…Hello, Rajni sir! Mind it.
We’re talking about super-star Rajnikanth.He was born on 12th December in 1950.He was born in a Maharashtrian family.His other Ramabai was a housewife and……his father Ramojirao Gaikwad was a police constable.It was a part of Bangalore-Mysore state.It’s a part of the state of Karnataka now.Rajnikanth was named Shivajirao Gaikwad after……the famous personality Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
He learnt both Marathi and Kannada language in his childhood.They were four siblings.Rajnikanth was the youngest.His elder brothers are Satyanarayan Rao andNageswar Rao.His sister’s name is Aswath Balubhai.After his father’s retirement, their family shifted to….Hanumant Nagar in Bangalore.He was only nine years old at this time.His mother expired when he was very young.He continued his schooling.He did his schooling from Gavipuram Government……Kannada Model Primary School.He was admitted in a math (Hindu monastery)……of Ramkrishna Mission.
He was taught about Indian tradition and history here.He would also participate in the dramas organized by them….are destroyed one day.’After performing in one such drama Rajnikanth decided……to take up acting as a career.
The drama was based on Mahabharata.He played the role of Ekalavya’s friend in the drama.Kannada poet DR Bendre saw his performance……and was greatly impressed.He changed his school to Acharya Pathshala Public school.He would often participate in the school dramas.As the financial condition of his family wasn’t good……Rajnikanth did odd jobs besides completing his education.
He worked as porter, a carpenter.He also worked as a bus conductor in Bangalore bus services.He was working as bus conductor when……he got to play a role for Kannada playwright Topi Muniayappa.He used this opportunity to the hilt.He came to know about Madras film Institute during this time.His family didn’t want him to learn acting.But his friend and colleagues Raj Bahadur encouraged……him to learn acting.
He also helped him financially.Tamil film director K Balachandra saw him there.He advised that he should learn Tamil.He knew Marathi and Kannada.When he learned Tamil there was no looking back.He acted in 1975 Tamil film ‘Apoorva Raagangal’.
It was followed by ‘Katha Sangama’.He featured in a different film named ‘Puttanna Kanagal’.Rajnikanth never looked back after that.He started winning hearts.By the 90s he was the biggest commercial entertainer.He worked in Hindi films with superstar Amitabh Bachchan.In 1993 he wrote his first screenplay.The name of the film was ‘Valli’.Be it comedy or serious films, Rajnikanth performed…..all characters with great élan.
The list of the awards and honours he received is a long one.If we take a look at his personal life ……we see that he got married to Lata Rangachari.She was a student of Prithviraj College for Women.She had come to interview Rajnikanth for a magazine.
They got married on 26th February, 1981.Their wedding venue was Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.He has two daughters Aishwarya Rajnikanth and……Soundarya Rajnikanth.Aishwarya is married to renowned actor Dhanush.They’ve two sons Yatra and Linga.His younger daughter Saundarya works as producer……and director of Tamil films.She got married to Ashwin Ramkumar….between a man crazy in love and a drunk monkey.’
People kept guessing when the Thalaiva (boss)……would join politics.Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Amma Jayalalitha’s demise……there were rumours that Rajnikanth would join politics very soon.
On 31st December, 2017 it was decided that Thalaiva Rajnikanth….everybody’s favourite super-star would contest Tamil Nadu’s……state election in 2021.This is how Rajnikanth entered the field of politics.His contemporary super-star Kamal Hassan became……an active politician.They’re active both in politics and in films.
Rajnikanth’s acting, action and style is unique and different.It’s not without any reason that he’s addressed as…Rajni sir, mind it!’Rajnikanth will always occupy a place of pride in Indian cinema.
#77 Irrfan Khan – Biography
This is the story of a talented actor.His name is Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan.The film industry knows him as Irrfan Khan or simply Irrfan.Irrfan Khan was born on 7th January 1967.Irrfan Khan was born in Jaipur, Rajasthan.He belongs to a Pathan family.His mother’s name is Begum Khan.She belongs to Hakim family in Tonk, Rajasthan.His father was late Jagirdar Khan.He was from Khajuriya village, which is near Tonk.His father ran a tire business.
Irrfan Khan was only 16 years old when he was….deeply impressed with Naseeruddin Shah’s acting.In ‘Junoon’ movie he saw talented actor Rajesh Vivek’s acting….and he was amazed.There was a local theatre artist in Jaipur named Khurram.He told Irrfan that he will have to join the National School of Drama….if he wants to do this kind of acting.What’s amazing is that many great actors….couldn’t pass National School of Drama’s exam….even in third attempt, leave alone first.Like Manoj Bajpai.
But Irrfan Khan passed National School of Drama’s exam….in first attempt itself.And he won scholarship.Although prior to this he was studying MA.It was the year of 1984.Everybody liked Irrfan Khan as an actor.But he was not enjoying acting.Especially on television. Although he played a small role in Mira Nair’s movie ‘Salaam Bombay’.That film was a great success.Irrfan Khan was seen in Chandrakanta serial.But Irrfan Khan was still unsatisfied as an actor.At that time nobody knew that this actor will become….a great star not only in Indian movies but also international movies.
He worked in a TV series called ‘Star Bestsellers’.He really enjoyed that.He worked in ‘Kahkashan’ serial produced by Ali Sardar Jafri.He played the role of a poet.That poet was Makhdoom Mohiuddin.In his childhood Irrfan Khan’s friends….used to call him Mithun Chakraborty.That gave him confidence that he is not….that bad looking to act in movies.I will definitely fulfill my responsibility.Irrfan Khan’s friend Tigmanshu Dhulia….brought a ray of hope for him.
He made ‘Haasil’ movie.It changed Irrfan Khan’s life.He became a star overnight.He got rid of the pressure of working in television.The boredom of acting ended.And Irrfan Khan became a superstar.He was seen in ‘Maqbool’, ‘Life In A Metro’….and also Jurassic Park series ‘Jurassic World’.
Irrfan Khan made a name for himself in all kinds of genre….like ‘Inferno’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘The Namesake’.When in the beginning you dream of being an actor..In 1995 he got married to his fellow student Sutapa Sikdar.He has two sons. Babil and Ayan.His wife always says that while others would have fun….Irrfan Khan would be busy studying during NSD days.He does a lot of homework. He stays awake till 3 at night.So that he can give his best, whether it’s film or TV.
Once Irrfan Khan took his wife to a Mumbai police station.To show her how the police department works.It happened when Irrfan Khan was directing….’Banegi Apni Baat’ serial.Truly. Irrfan Khan is a great actor.But he contacted a rare disease and it shook the film industry.The actor who has a magnetic charisma….went abroad for his treatment.Truly. There has never been an actor like Irrfan Khan.Nor will there ever be.
#78 Kajal Kiran – Biography
This is the story of a girl who has gone missing.But Bollywood couldn’t forget her completely.Her name is Kajal Kiran. You must remember the song in ‘Hum Kisise Kum Naheen’ movie.”What happened of your promise?”You see the face of a girl sitting in the restaurant.Her name is Kajal Kiran.Her birth name is Sunita Kulkarni.was born in a Maharashtrian family. As a heroine she was seen with Rishi Kapoor….in Nasir Hussain’s movie ‘Hum Kisise Kum Naheen’.When ‘Hum Kisise Kum Naheen’ was being made….Nasir told her not to sign any other movie.Once the movie releases, then she will become a star.
The film was released. It was a super hit.But people thought perhaps she has signed a contract with Nasir Hussain.Due to which Kajal Kiran lost some great movies.Like ‘Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se’ and ‘Balika Badhu’. She signed ‘Pagal Premi’ movie.She had achieved stardom.But she thought that just now I was studying in school.And now, I have become a top heroine.She used to take a leave from school and come for shoot.She was studying physics, chemistry, biology and math in school.Because she wanted to be a doctor.
During the film’s publicity she was given a backseat.So that it doesn’t have a bad influence on school children.She even studied in college for a year.But she didn’t get time to study due to film shoots.Her first shoot was in Srinagar.It was very crowded there. She was quite nervous.The crowd wanted her autograph.She got scared and started crying.
Even after the success of ‘Hum Kisise Kum Naheen’ fame eluded Kajal Kiran.She did ‘Wardat’ movie with Mithun Chakraborty.She was seen in Malayalam movie ‘Uyarangalil’….with actor Mohanlal.She did some item songs.She was seen with South Indian superstar Mammootty.Kajal Kiran did Ramsay brothers’ horror movies like ‘Saboot’, ‘Dahshat’, ‘Haveli’ and ‘Saaya’.But Kajal Kiran quit the film industry pretty soon.And in 1990 she got married and she shifted to Netherland.Bollywood appreciates talent.But luck often overrides talent.
#79 Twinkle Khanna – Biography
This story is a of Tina Jatin Khanna….who is well known to us by the name Twinkle Khanna.Tina was born on 29th December 1974.She is the daughter of first superstar of Bollywood….Rajesh Khanna and sensational actress Dimple Kapadia.
Co-incidentally her birthday and her father Rajesh Khanna’s birthday….falls on the same day 29th December.Her aunt Simple Kapadia too was a film actress.
Twinkle Khanna studied at New Era High School in Panchgani.She was good at studies.Also she was over weight in her childhood.Her parents got separated when she was 10years old.On separation Dimple Kapadia was given custody of children.
This was the biggest shock.Since Twinkle Khanna lived a luxurious life….up till 10 years of her age.But after parent’s separation….she had to move to her grandmother’s house….and had to sleep on mattress laid on floor.Though she had enough money….yet she used to travel in local trains.She didn’t have any car of her own….but when she signed her first film….she bought car with money she received as advance.
Since Twinkle Khanna was good at studies….once she was helping a boy with her Maths answer sheet.She was caught by teacher.But since teacher knew she was the daughter of….Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia..she let her go with just a warning.Since childhood Twinkle wanted to be a writer.
She was deeply affected by the separation of her parents.She also thought about studying charted accountancy….as she was good at studies.But her mother Dimple Kapadia made clear….that she’ll be an actress.
She can be writer at any age but if she achieves stardom….nothing could be better than this.She was launched in movies by actor Dharmendra….along with his son Bobby Deol.The name of the film was ‘Barsaat.’It was directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi.The film was a hit at box office.Twinkle Khanna also received a award for best female debut.
Then she acted in Raj Kumar’s film ‘Jaan’….Loren D’Souza’s film ‘Dil Tera Deewaana’.Ajay and Saif Ali Khan were her co-stars in these films.She worked with Salman Khan in ‘Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai’….and with Aamir Khan in movie ‘Mela’….and then with Shahrukh Khan in the film ‘Baadshaah’.But very few people know….she met Rajiv Bhatia during a photo shoot.The one who is well known as Akshay Kumar.No one knew that they are going to get married in future.
Karan Johar had approached Twinkle Khanna….for his debut film ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’.Her role was later played by Rani Mukerji.Twinkle Khanna rejected the role.Then she was seen in the movie ‘Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega’….with Fardeen Khan.Gradually Twinkle Khanna moved away from films….and started her own Interior Designing store.
She has designed the houses of big actors.In future Twinkle Khanna became a film producer….and an excellent writer Mrs. Funny Bone.
The tale of her marriage with Akshay Kumar is also very famous.Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna used to like each other.Slowly their friendship turned into love.When they were about to get married..Twinkle Khanna made a list of Akshay Kumar’s family….and asked him what all ailments did family members had.
It sounds funny but what even funnier is….the film ‘Mela’ played a big role in it.
Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna were sitting together.And they had decided that if film ‘Mela’ turns out a super hit film….then they would not get married.
When film ‘Mela’ turned out to be a flop movie….she married Akshay Kumar.They had two children from this marriage.Son Aarav and daughter Nitaara.She also played some character roles….but she stayed away from films.She also worked in ad films.But Mrs. Funnybones proved that she is the best writer.During her interviews….we can see that Twinkle Khanna has so much to talk about…and with such a quittance she talks her heart.Twinkle Khanna the daughter of….superstar Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia….certainly has attained a special status in the world of Bollywood.
#80 Shilpa Shirodkar – Biography
This is the story of an actress who entered Bollywood….and became synonymous with rain scenes.On seeing her Hero No 1 also said..Your father is in the courtyard. Your mother is at the door.
How do I come to your house, damsel?Her name is Shilpa Shirodkar.She was born on 20th November 1969.Her younger sister is Miss India….Namrata Shirodkar.Her grandma Meenakshi Shirodkar was a famous actress.She had created a stir in Master Vinayak’s movie….when she wore a swimsuit on silver screen.
Shilpa Shirodkar was just a teenager when she was seen….in Ramesh Sippy’s movie ‘Bhrashtachar’.It was the year of 1989.With Mithun Chakraborty and Rekha.She played the role of a blind girl.
In 1990 she was seen with Anil Kapoor in ‘Kishen Kanhaiya’.It was followed by ‘Trinetra’, ‘Hum’, ‘Khuda Gawah’….and ‘Aankhen’.These movies did wonders.With movies like ‘Pehchaan’, ‘Gopi Kishan’, ‘Bewafa Sanam’ and ‘Mrityudand’..
..Shilpa Shirodkar was leaving her mark everywhere.Shilpa Shirodkar did nine films with Mithun Chakraborty.
People tried to link her romantically with some producers and directors.
But in 2000 Shilpa Shirodkar did what nobody had expected.
Shilpa Shirodkar left India for 13 years.
She bid adieu to Bollywood film industry.She got married to Aparesh Ranjit, who is a banker.After marriage she shifted to Netherlands.From there she shifted to New Zealand.
In 2003 she gave birth to a daughter.She named her Anushka.After staying abroad for a long time….she desired to return.She returned to India with her family.After her return she worked in television.But she wasn’t seen partying with Govinda, Chunky Pandey….or Mithun Chakraborty.Another noteworthy thing is that….she never wanted to a famous heroine.
So she did hairdressing course from Winters Hairdressing Academy.When she was in Auckland….she worked as a professional hairdresser.Then she started working for Dun and Bradstreet….a credit controller company.
When she got pregnant, she quit her job.Madhoo and Madhuri Dixit were her friends.Her sister Namrata Shirodkar….and Mahesh Babu are one of the strongest couples….in the Indian film industry.
Shilpa Shirodkar did remarkable work….in a short span of time.Whether it was her rain scenes or folk dance….or emotional scene..Shilpa Shirodkar proved to be the best in everything.
#81 Ayesha Shroff – Biography
Have you heard about Ayesha Dutt?The same Ayesha Dutt who later became Ayesha Shroff.This is the story of that model and producer.Ayesha Dutt was born on 5th June 1960.Her father Ranjan Dutt was an air vice marshal….in the Indian air force.Her mother Claude Marie Dutt De Cavey was a Belgian.
Ayesha Dutt participated in Miss Young World contest.The contest was held at Manila.She didn’t reach the finals.But many people acknowledged her beauty.Slowly she became a model.When she was a famous model….she entered the film industry.
The film was ‘Teri Baahon Mein’.Her hero was Mohnish Behl.It was the year of 1984.Ayesha Dutt wasn’t too successful in films.But due to a music record she fell in love.With a Bollywood superstar.Yes. That is how Jackie Shroff and Ayesha Dutt met.She was just 13 years old.She was traveling by bus.Jackie Shroff saw her.He was mesmerized by her beauty.
After getting down at the bus stand….he said, “My name is Jackie. Who are you?”She said, “Ayesha.”Where are you going? – To a music record store.Jackie Shroff found a record for her.She fell in love.But there were many difficulties.
Ayesha said, “Jackie, I love you.”But Jackie Shroff told her that he has a girlfriend….who is in the US.But slowly he forgot his US girlfriend.And fell in love with Mumbai girl Ayesha.
Ayesha Dutt’s father-in-law was a well-known astrologer.He selected 5th June as the wedding date.Jackie and Ayesha got married on 5th June 1987.5th June is Ayesha Dutt’s birthday.They have two children.Elder son Tiger.And daughter Krishna.Tiger was born in 1990.And Krishna was born in 1993.
When her son was born, well-known film producer and director…Subhash Ghai said, “He isn’t just your and his son.””He is my son. I will pay him signing amount.””And launch him.”When Tiger grew up, he was seen in ‘Heropanti’.But not in ‘Hero 2’. Truly. Ayesha Dutt gave lovely kids to a superstar.And achieved a remarkable position as a producer.
#82 Aditya Pancholi – Biography
This is the story of an unique actor.He worked in big films.He acted as both hero and villain in the films.His name is Nirmal Pancholi.But we know him as Aditya Pancholi.He was born on 4th January, 1965.Aditya’s father Rajan Pancholi and mother Aruna Pancholi….had connections to the film industry.He has a sister and two brothers.His did his schooling from St. Joseph’s High School, Juhu.His real name is Nirmal Pancholi.
Once when he was travelling by the local train….his good looks attracted the attention of a director and….he proposed to cast him.He was signed for television video films.The films were owned by Narhira of Stardust magazines. In 1985, Nirmal Pancholi started his film career with ‘Shahdat’.He took the name of Aditya Pancholi.He also did telefilms like ‘Sone ka Pinzra, ‘Sihai, ‘Kalank Ka Tika’,’Afasr Ki Saali Aur Nmariyam Ki Beti’.Back then no one knew that Aditya Pancholi would get mired….in controversies associated with Jiah Khan and Kangana Ranaut.
He was cast in Firoz Khan’s film ‘Dayavaan’.His father-in-law’s role was played by Vinod Khanna….and his mother-in-law was Madhuri Dixit.This was followed by KC Bocadia’s ‘Kab Tak Chup Rahungi’. Aditya Pancholi’s handsome appearance and acting skills….left behind a mark but he didn’t attain box-office success.Some of his films did well while the others bombed at the box-office.He worked opposite heroines like Meenakshi Seshadri, Madhuri Dixit….but he couldn’t meet the expectations.
Great actor, director and producer Dev Anand had….signed Aditya Pancholi for his film ‘Awwal Number’.Amir Khan was the main lead of this film.Gradually Aditya Pancholi became a producer.He also worked with renowned actors like Amitabh Bachchan in films like ‘Akela’. He did a wonderful job in Sanjay Gupta’s film ‘Aatish’.By the year 1997, he knew that he wouldn’t work as a hero.He started acting in supporting roles….in films like ‘Yes Boss’ and ‘Hamesha’.
He met an actress who was elder to him.But she was a trained actress.She had earned name and fame with her wonderful acting skills.Her name is Zarina Wahab.They had two children.His son’s name is Suraj Pancholi and….his daughter’s name is Sana Pancholi.Before his son Suraj Pancholi got involved in Jiah Khan death controversy.Aditya Pancholi was already mired in controversies….for thrashing his neighbor….and having an affair with actress Kangana Ranaut.
Kangana Ranaut told in television interviews that….Aditya Pancholi was crazy for her.It led to unexpected incidents.Aditya Pancholi was dragged into Kanga Ranaut controversy….along with other controversies in one of which….a fine was slapped on him and in others….his name came into negative headlines.He played unique roles in the films.But he was a controversial figure whose name….featured negatively in headlines.
#83 Nutan – Biography
The darker the night, the brighter the dawn.Her smile, her simplicity, her style won people’s hearts.This is the story of legendry artist Nutan. Nutan was born on 4th June 1936.Her father Kumarsen Samarth was a director and a poet.Her mother Shobhna Samarth was a famous actress.From four brothers and sisters Nutan was the eldest.Her mother Shobhna Samarth wanted Nutan to become an actress.
She made a movie and launched Nutan in that.The movie was ‘Hamari Beti’.Very few people know that in 1952….Nutan had won Miss India’s title.Those days it was very difficult for any heroine to expose.That’s when Nutan was seen in a swimsuit.Those photos did create a sensation.And it also proved that her mother. Shobhna Samarth was a broad-minded person.Her mother sent her to Switzerland.To learn acting.She returned to India after studying in a finishing school.On one hand her movies with Dev Anand like ‘Tere Ghar Ke Samne’….and ‘Paying Guest’ were proving to be super hit.On the other hand her movies with Raj Kapoor like ‘Anari’….and ‘Chhalia’ were super hit at the box office.Along with doing emotional and romantic movies..
..Nutan got the backing of veteran filmmaker Bimal Roy.She did Bimal Roy’s movies ‘Bandini’ and ‘Sujata’.With these two movies Nutan proved….that there is no actress like her.She has innocence, emotions, acting ability and romance.Her pairing with Sunil Dutt was appreciated in ‘Milan’ movie.She even won an award for it. What kind of people I have got!They don’t even know hospitality…Amitabh Bachchan was seen in ‘Saudagar’ movie….he got the support of Nutan’s exceptional acting.
Talking about Nutan’s personal life….she got married on 11th October 1959.Her husband was naval lieutenant commander Rajnish Bahl.It’s believed that when heroines get married….They quit movies.But Nutan didn’t do that.She kept working in movies. She was seen in movies that were super hit at the box office.She fulfilled her responsibility and continued working in films.Her son Monish Bahl also earned great name….in movies and television.Her younger sister Tanuja also became an actress.
Her nieces Kajol and Tanisha also did wonders on the silver screen.Kajol achieved that position which….very few actresses are able to achieve.Very few people know that Nutan was a trained singer.She used to often sing on stage shows. She had a long career. But she had an unfulfilled desire.She was seen with veteran actors like Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand….Balraj Sahni and Dharmendra.But she never got a chance to work with Dilip Kumar.
She got this chance in ’80s.Subhash Ghai made ‘Karma’ movie.Nutan played the role of Dilip Kumar’s wife.This was the time when she was slowly doing character roles. Who can forget her acting in ‘Meri Jung’ movie?I will never be able to repay your favors.It seemed like Nutan will set a new record in acting.But then destiny took such a twist which nobody had expectedShe had cancer.On 21st February 1991 she died at the age of 54.Truly. There was never any actress like Nutan.
#84 Milind Soman – Biography
This is the story of a man for whom time has come to standstill.He haunts the lanes of romance with his evergreen……youthful, handsome visage.Supermodel Milind Soman. Milind Soman was born in Scotland Glasgow.His family lived close to London.He lived there for seven years.After that he shifted to India……to the city of Mumbai, in Dadar in 1972.His father Prabhakar Soman was a nuclear scientist.He worked for BARC – Bhaba Atomic Research Centre.His mother Usha was a bio-chemist……who taught at Mumbai’s Wilson College.Milind Soman has two sisters.Milind Soman’s paternal grandparents were doctors.His maternal grandparents were also doctors.Milind Soman belongs to a highly educated family.
He also had good educational background.He did his schooling from Dadar’s Dr. Antonio Da Silva high School……followed by junior college of commerce.He has a diploma in electrical engineering from…..M.H Saboo Siddik Polytechnic, Byculla.After completing his engineering he felt that……the degree won’t help him earn lot of money.So, by 1988 he became a model.In 1995 he featured in Alisha Chinnai’s music video Made in India.
He gradually shifted to television.He featured in the television series Captain Vyom.He was also seen in films in the 2000s.16 December, Pachaikili Muthucharam, Paiyaa, Agni Varsha……Rules, Pyar Ka Super-hit Formula.The list is a long one. Besides acting in Hindi and English films……he also acted in Marathi film ‘Gandh’.He also featured in foreign films like……Arn, the Knight Templar; where he played the role of Saladin.A court case was filed against Milind Soman.It was followed by another court case……because of a controversial issue.
He featured nude in an ad with his then girlfriend Madhu Sapre……only in shoes and with a cobra between them.Some people joked that a case should’ve been filed against the snake……as it didn’t even wear shoes. He was in a long relationship with Madhu Sapre.That case against them went on for fourteen long years.Finally Milind Soman was acquitted……both from the court case and Madhu Sapre’s love.Madhu Sapre was a hot and sizzling model of her time.
Milind Soman became a Limca record holder on 20th May, 2012.He ran 1500 km in 20 days.He’s a talented sportsperson.He started representing state of Maharashtra from age of ten.He participated in national swimming championship.He won the title for four years in a row.He also participated in South-Asian games in 1984 for India. Milind Soman has run different marathons.He has many titles to his name.Looking at his personal life we are aware of his relationship……with Madhu Sapre.The commercial ad for a shoe brand proves how close they were.Both of them featured nude in the ad.
He was married to a French actress Mylie Jamapanoi.They met while working in the 2006 film ‘Valley of Flowers’.Their marriage lasted for few years.They got divorced in 2009.But nothing could stop the romantic Milind. When he was over 50 years old a 20 year old girl came in his life.The girl used to fly high. She was an air hostess.They were often spotted together.Many people were skeptical about the relationship….between a 50 and a 20 year old.But, Milind Soman has always been different.He’s so handsome that no one can say he’s old.Milind Soman, will always be remembered as the one……with evergreen heart and soul.
#85 Zareen Khan – Biography
This is hot and sizzling Zareen Khan.Once she used to fear, she would never able to don bikinis.Since she was almost 100kgs in weight.But later she stunned everyone with her sizzling figure.She did some hot and sizzling scenes and photo shoots.And audience considered her to be the next hot and sizzling girl. Zareen Khan was born on 14th May 1987 in Mumbai.Zareen Khan hails from a Muslim family.She fluently talks in Hindi, Urdu, Marathi and English languages….and also can talk in Pasto language a little.She completed her intermediate studies…from Rizvi college, Mumbai.
Before she step into films and play a lead role against Salman….she wanted to be a doctor.She would’ve surely been one of the most beautiful doctors….if she had become one.The financial condition of Zareen Khan’s family was getting worse.They were not even able to afford the rent of their house.Therefore Zareen Khan left her studies….and entered the world of modeling.
She knew that her face is very pretty….she would definitely earn some money by modeling.But she was too bulky.She reduced quite a lot of weight.While modeling, one day she received a call to meet Salman Khan….on the sets of his film ‘Yuvraaj’. She was nervous and panicked.But when she met and talked to Salman….she was finalised for the role of lead actress in the film ‘Veer’.Most people said that she resembles Katrina Kaif.And therefore Salman gave her a break in films.
But is we look closely, she is very different than Katrina Kaif in looks.She played a role of princess in the film ‘Veer’.And she looked gorgeous.She was also nominated for the best female debut by Zee Cine awards. Later in 2011 she was seen dancing on an item number with Salman Khan.The name of the film was ‘Ready’.She was always under guidance of Salman Khan.
But in 2015 through one of the films….she proved that she can rock Bollywood with her bold acting.The name of the film was ‘Hate Story 3’.With the song ‘Pyar Maanga Hai Tumhise’….Zareen Khan once again was in the headlines.It was such a music video….that it was difficult to believe it’s Zareen Khan in it. Zareen Khan was seen in the film ‘Aksar 2’….and she was acclaimed at box office.Not only in Hindi films….but she worked in Tamil and Punjabi films too.
She was also the part of Sajid Khan’s film ‘Housefull 2’.She marked her presence in multi starrer films as well.But the exposed avatar that she donned was very different.Her hot and sizzling acts have created….a special image of hers in Bollywood.
#86 Parveen Babi – Biography
This is the story of an attractive and glamorous heroine.She had a bright life but she was mired in darkness towards……the end of her life.Her name is Parveen Babi.She was born on 4th April, 1949.She was born in Junagadh, Gujarat.She did her schooling from Mt. Carmel High School, Ahmadabad.She went to St. Xavier’s college for higher studies.She did her graduation in English Literature.Her father Vali Mohammed Khan Babi was the vizier……of the Nawab of Junagadh.Her mother’s name was Jamal Bakte Babi.
Parveen was born fourteen years after the marriage of her parents.She was the only child of her parents.She was only ten years old when her father expired.She started her career in 1972……when she appeared before the world as a model.She was tall, had a beautiful face.
She was a woman of great beauty.During this time she made her debut in the film ‘Charitra’.Cricketer Salim Durrani was cast opposite her.The film didn’t work at the box office.But, Parveen Babi’s beauty had win hearts.
Her first major hit was ‘Majboor’ with Amitabh Bachchan.She was one of those very few heroines who together with……Zeenat Aman changed the image of Hindi film heroines.He photograph was published on the cover of Time magazine.Parveen Babi did some out of the box films as well as commercial films.For example Vinod Pandey’s film ‘Yeh Nazdeekiyan’……and Manmohan Desai’s film ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’.
She was the main lead opposite Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Deewar’.Amitabh Bachchan and Parveen Babi’s films……did good business at box office.Parveen Babi and Smita Patil were initially chosen……for Yash Chopra’s ‘Silsila’.But later Rekha and Jaya Bachchan became the heroines of this film.
Parveen Babi dressed in every kind of clothes.She acted in all kinds of scenes……including hot scenes as well as simple ordinary ones.’Suhaag’, ‘Kala Pathhar’, ‘Namak Halal’, ‘Kaala Sona’……are the films in which Parveen Babi’s acting was appreciated.
But gradually she distanced herself from the film industry.She was affected by a disease about which she wasn’t aware.Some people said that she was suffering from paranoia schizophrenia.That was the reason why she distanced herself from the film industry.One day she suffered from a serious bout of stomach ache.
She was in her make-up room.After some time she went home.She suffered from nervous break-down.She didn’t trust anyone.Her relationship with model and actor Kabir Bedi was discussed widely.When their relationship broke, she was shattered.After that she found solace in the company of renowned filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.
But even Mahesh Bhatt failed to control her.She then got the company of famous god-man U G Krishnamurthy.She gradually made a comeback in films.She started completing the films that she had left mid-way.’But she suffered an attack of paranoia schizophrenia once again……and she distanced herself from the film world.
He even started working as an interior decorator.But, she gradually changed.She changed her religion later.Parveen Babi witnessed the glamour, super stardom of film industry.But she was alone when she breathed her last.She had no friend or acquaintances.She breathed her last on 20th January, 2005.Her death wasn’t detected for many days.
Then her neighbours noticed that……milk bottles were lying outside for few days.The newspapers were also lying outside.Parveen Babi’s dead body was found inside.The scene was so horrifying that it was hard to believe that……here was the glamorous heroines who made people crazy.’Parvaz, please stop reciting pomes for god’s sake.- Okay.’I’m very tired.”Please get a cup of tea for me.’
There was no one like her and there’ll be no one like her.”Youth and beauty…””Poems and songs…””Verses…””There are so many forms of entertainment here…””What’s the need for alcohol?”
#87 Tanuja – Biography
A veteran actress who is bubbly by nature.As an actress she saw the era from….black and white films to colored films.Her name is Tanuja. Tanuja was born on 23rd September 1943.Her mother Shobhna Samarth was a veteran actress.Her father Kumarsen Samarth was a poet and a film director.Tanuja was very small when her parents separated. After which Tanuja was seen as a child artist in movies.In 1950 her elder sister Nutan was seen in ‘Hamari Beti’ movie.Tanuja also worked in the movie as a child artist.It was followed by ‘Chhabili’ in 1960.
Her mother Shobhna Samarth directed the movie.Her elder sister Nutan was the heroine.Tanuja debuted as a heroine in ‘Hamari Yaad Aayegi’ movie.Kedar Sharma was the director.There is a remarkable incident involving this movie.There was an intensely emotional scene.Tanuja was unable to do it properly.The movie’s director Kedar Sharma slapped her.She got angry and went home.She left the shoot midway.Her mother asked her, how did she return so early from the shoot?She told her that Kedar Sharma slapped her.When her mother heard this, she slapped her twice.And said, “Don’t ever leave the shoot incomplete.””Each person has his own way of teaching.””It’s common in acting. Go and act.”
Tanuja was seen in ‘Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi’.Guru Dutt was the hero.But due to Guru Dutt’s unexpected death….Dharmendra was cast as the hero.Tanuja was achieving success.But she was still far from stardom. She did a film with Jeetendra called ‘Jeene Ki Raah’.After this film Tanuja never looked back.She became a super heroine.She did films like ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’, ‘Mere Jeevan Saathi’…with the superstar of those times, Rajesh Khanna.Their pair was liked by people.
Tanuja worked not only in Hindi movies….but also in Bengali movies.It’s a very famous tale.Dev Anand had told her to fulfill one of his unusual dreams.Dev told her to play the role of Janice….in ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ movie.Tanuja refused to play the role saying….how can she play the role of the hero’s sister.She will be a heroine. Not the hero’s sister.After which Zeenat Aman got the role.
For ‘Jewel Thief’ Tanuja was nominated for best supporting artist.But for ‘Paisa Ya Pyar’ she won best supporting actress award.It’s noteworthy that her grandmother was Rattan Bai.And her aunt was Nalini Jaywant. She has two more sisters. Chatura and Reshma.All of you know her elder sister Nutan.Her brother is Jaideep.Talking about Tanuja’s personal life….she married Shomu Mukherjee.In 1973.She has two children.Kajol and Tanisha.Kajol and Tanisha, both entered films.Kajol became a superstar. Tanisha wasn’t so successful.Superstar Ajay Devgn is her son-in-law.Mohnish Behl is her nephew.She is Sashadhar Mukherjee’s daughter-in-law.Kishore Kumar, Anoop Kumar and Dadamuni, that is Ashok Kumar….are her father-in-law’s brothers-in-law.
Tanuja worked in super hit movies.Like ‘Paisa Ya Pyar’, ‘Door Ka Raahi’….’Mere Jeevan Saathi’, ‘Kaamchor’ and ‘Yaarana’.Her acting was always appreciated.It’s true that during’80s she wasn’t doing many movies.Then she returned as a character artist. Tanuja is among those few actresses….who saw black and white era and colored cinema.She saw Rajesh Khanna’s, Amitabh Bachchan’s and Dharmendra’s stardom.She saw her daughter Kajol’s superstardom too.Truly. Such actresses are very rare.In the Indian film industry Tanuja’s name will always be taken with pride.
#88 Shashikala – Biography
This is the story of an actress who washed vessels….and clothes for other people.She overcame her impoverished life….and became legendary actress Shashikala Om Prakash Saigal. Shashikala was born on 4th August 1932.In Solapur, Maharashtra. She showed interest in singing and dancing….when she was only 5 years old.She would give dance performances at many places in Solapur.”It seemed like little Shashikala would grow up….and earn a lot of fame.But an unexpected tragedy struck her family.
Her father Mr. Jawalkar had high hopes from his younger brother.He had sent his younger brother abroad for studies.He thought once his younger brother returns he will take care of the family. But he came back, got married and refused to shoulder the family’s responsibility.By then Shashikala’s father had invested all his money on his younger brother’s education.The penniless family wandered here and there.
His father thought of going to Mumbai where his daughter might get work in movies.They came to Mumbai. But unfortunately, they didn’t find any work. Shashikala started working as a maid for a family. She would wash her madam’s clothes, clean her shoes and wonder that the child who never faced any difficulty is compelled to wander here and there. One day her madam’s husband threw Shashikala out of the house.Then a Muslim family gave shelter to Shashikala At that time Shashikala got a chance in Prabhat Studio. The movie was ‘Thotha Yadse Banna’.She was hired at a monthly salary of Rs.100. Shashikala felt their bad days are over And now, it will only be good.But unfortunately, the movie was shelved.
If God closes 10 doors, He opens one door.Something similar happened with Shashikala.In Central Studio Noor Jehan saw this little girl.And said that she looks like me.She told her husband Shaukat Hussain that you were looking for a girl to play my childhood role.She is that girl. Everybody said, “Yes. Shashikala can play the role of Noor Jehan as a child.”But as soon as Shashikala opened her mouth they understood that she cannot speak Urdu. Shashikala was given a chance in a ‘Qawwali’ scene.She earned Rs.25.That day was a day of festivity for her family.Shaukat hired Shashikala in his studio for a salary of Rs.400.And promised her that one day she will be a heroine.
“Her first movie was ‘Jugnu’.Which had Dilip Kumar and Noor Jehan.Shashikala also had a substantial role.Gradually Shashikala earned fame.Shashikala’s father supported her a lot.She also eradicated her family’s poverty. It felt as if Shashikala will earn stardom in the film industry.And then India’s partition happened.There were riots. Shaukat Hussain and his wife Noor Jehan went to Pakistan.Then she got support from Amiya Chakravarti.She worked in P.N. Arora’s movies.But Shashikala had still not become a heroine.She earned fame from V. Shantaram’s movies too.
After facing many ups and downs Shashikala carved a niche for herself in the film industry.Be it Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s movie ‘Khubsoorat’ or Vijay Anand’s movie ‘Nau Do Gyarah’.Shashikala played some good roles in Rajshri movies too. Gradually Shashikala became a character artist.Initially, she was a vamp hoping to become a heroine.But what destiny wanted happened.After washing vessels for others Shashikala achieved that position where everybody applauded her. Shashikala married Om Saigal.He belonged to famous singer and actor Kundan Lal Saigal’s family.She started her own family.When she felt that everything in life is settled Shashikala quit movies.
From black and white films to colored films…from Yusuf Khan, that is, Dilip Kumar to Salman Khan….she witnessed every hero’s rise to stardom.And we saw different aspects of her acting on the silver screen.There was never any actress like Shashikala.Nor will there be.
#89 Dia Mirza – Biography
This is the story of an extremely beautiful girl.Her name is Dia Sangha.Although she was named Dia Handrich when she was born.She was born on 9th December 1981.But the world knows her as Dia Mirza. Dia Mirza was born in India.Her father Frank Handrich was a German based architect and artist.Her mother Deepa was an Indian Bengali….who worked as an interior designer.When Dia Handrich was merely 4½ years old….her parents got divorced.Her mother married Ahmed Mirza….who was from Hyderabad.And Dia Handrich became Dia Mirza.Dia Mirza’s stepfather died in 2003.
Talking about her childhood, she studied in….Vidyaranya High School in Khairatabad, Hyderabad.Later, she studied in Nasr school.She still has fond memories of Nasr school.Gradually she joined her school’s dramatic society.And then studied in junior college.She completed Bachelor of Arts from open university.While in college, Dia Mirza worked as a marketing executive. Gradually she started modeling.She was seen in print and TV commercials.She worked for big brands.She won Miss Asia Pacific in 2000.It was difficult for her to complete her education.Because she had become a busy model.
Dia Mirza’s beauty was breathtaking on the screen.She got her photos clicked in all kinds of clothes.Although, her first film was ‘Rehnaa Hai Tere Dil Mein’.It was liked by youths.Later, she was seen in many multi-starrer movies as well.’Dum’, ‘Deewanapan’, ‘Tumko Na Bhool Payenge’….’Tumsa Nahi Dekha’, ‘Parineeta’….’Dus’, ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ and ‘Salaam Mumbai’. Dia Mirza worked with Bengali filmmakers as well.The movie was ‘Paanch Adhyay’.Dia Mirza performed some hot scenes too.But she was not as successful at the box office as other heroines.Some films did really well, while others flopped.
In 2014 she got engaged to her old friend and business partner Sahil Sangha.On 18th October 2014 Dia Mirza got married.Truly. Since childhood Dia Mirza saw many ups and downs.First her parents’ divorce, followed by….her biological father’s death when she was only 9 years old.It’s amazing that Dia Mirza’s height is 5’6. When she participated in Miss India contest….people told her that her height is less.
Her mother wanted her to join a law school in Bangalore.But her stepfather persuaded her mother.Dia Mirza didn’t become a lawyer….but she became a model.And then an actress.She achieved a position which very few girls….manage to achieve in the film industry.
#90 Kunal Khemu – Biography
‘This is the story of a child artist who, in his childhood..”’..made us laugh as well as cry by his acting.”And after growing up he also became a very popular actor.”Name, Kunal Khemu.”He was born on 25th May, 1983.’ ‘There were actors in Kunal Khemu’s family.”Father Ravi and mother Jyoti Khemu.”They are actually Kashmiri Pandit.”Looking at Kunal Khemu’s education we find that..”..he studied at Mumbai’s Niranjan Dalmiya High School.”Then he did his higher studies.’
‘Kunal Khemu’s father taught him acting..’..but very few people know that his grandfather Motilal Khemu..”..was in fact a Kashmiri dramatist..’..and he was given many awards by..”..the Jammu and Kashmir Government.”And in 1982 he was given the Sahitya Academy Award.’ ‘Kunal Khemu started with Parikshit Sahni’s serial..”..Gul Gulshan Gulfam.”Parikshit Sahni also hails from Kashmir.”this serial was directed by Ved Rahi.’ ‘After that he was seen in Mahesh Bhatt’s film Sir.”Raja Hindustani, Zakhm, Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke were the films..”..which turned Kunal Khemu into a star overnight.”He was the busiest child artist in his times.’ ‘Then in 2005 he was seen in Mohit Suri’s film Kalyug.”Kalyug’s story was based on a controversy.”The songs of this film became popular..’..and Kunal Khemu’s acting was also appreciated very much.’
‘Then came Madhur Bhandarkar’s film Traffic Signal.”in it also Kunal Khemu’s confidence was worth watching.”Then came Dhol, Dhundhte Reh Jaoge, Veeru, Golmaal..”..but Kunal Khemu could not succeed as solo hero.”Go Goa Gone, Guddu Ki Gun, Bhag Jhonny. ‘He kept getting films but not box office success.”During the shooting of film Dhundhte Reh Jaoge..”..he became friends with Soha Ali Khan..”..who is the daughter of veteran actress Sharmila Tagore..”..and great cricketer Nawab Pataudi.”Her brother is Saif Ali Khan, ex sister-in-law is Amrita Singh..”.current sister-in-law Kareena Kapoor..”..and Kunal Khemu joined this family.’
‘Yes, Soha Ali Khanand Kunal Khemu got married.”They lived together for a few years and then decided to marry.”They have a daughter form this marriage. ”Kunal Khemu is among the few Bollywood actors..”..who was a very good child artist in comic and tragic roles.”But after growing up he could not achieve that kind of stardom.’
#91 Leela Chitnis – Biography
‘This is the story of an actress, who had entered the film industry at its beginning itself.”She was one of the most educated actresses of that era.”Name, Leela Chitnis.”Leela Chitnis was born in Karnataka.’ Her father was a professor of English literature..”That is why Leela Chitnis did graduation in those days.”And then she joined Natya Manvantar.”This was a theatre group..”..and she used to do Marathi plays with this theatre group.’
‘The theatre group was greatly influenced by Ibsen..”..Shaw and Stanislavsky.”Leela Chitnis’s early work on the stage, her plays..”Ushna Navra and Ydyacha Sansar became very popular.”It is worth pondering the fact as to why Leela Chitnis joined films. ‘She wanted to provide for her four children.”So she started to work as an extra and that too in stunt films.’The film Gentleman Daku was released I 1937.”In it Leela Chitnis played the role I which..”..a woman comes before the world in the guise of a man.’
‘Leela Chitnis was also seen in progressive films of those days.”For example, Kangan.”Leela Chitnis took the place of Devika Rani in Bombay Talkies.”And it didn’t take much time also.”She not only took Devika Rani’s place, but she also became..”..the heroine of Ashok Kumar, the favourite hero..”..of Himanshu Rai, the owner of Bombay Talkies.’Can I ever forget you? – Stop it.
‘Azad, Bandhan, Jhoola, these films became very popular.”In the middle of the 1940’s decade, Leela Chitnis..”..was seen playing the role of a mother.”Whether it was Dilip Kumar starrer Shaheed..”..or Raj Kapoor’s film Awaara.”And who can forget Dev Anand’s film Guide?”she had played the role of these three great actors. ‘She had directed a film also. Aaj Ki Baat.”And she had also produced a film. Kisi Se Na Kehna.”She has written all this in her autobiography, Chanderi Duniyet.”If we look at her personal life..”..we find that she was born in a Brahmin family..”..but her father had adhered to Brahmo Samaj.’
‘She had married Dr. Gajanan Yashwant Chitnis.”At that time she was only 15 or 16 years old..”..and her husband was quite older than her.”She had also joined India’s freedom struggle..”..along with her husband.'”But she and her husband could not get along and they divorced. ‘After that she kept working as a school teacher.”And in the same way she joined films also.”She has three sons.”Her sons’ names are Manvendra, Binoy and Raj.”She was seen in Chhaya with Master Vinayak..”..the famous producer in those days.’
‘In Sohrab Modi’s film Jailor, and then the list kept on stretching.”She had played a very good role in Bimal Roy’s film Maa.”She used to express her feelings with her eyes.”This was the reason Leela Chitnis played a long innings.”And then slowly she distanced away from films.”And 14th July, 2003 was the date when great actress..”..said good-bye to everybody forever.’
#92 Achala Sachdev – Biography
‘This is the tale of Zohra Zabeen of film industry who always remained beautiful and lively and young at heart.”Her name is Achala Sachdev,”She was born on 3rd May, 1920 at Peshawar.”Achala Sachdev’s childhood had not been very happy.’ ‘She did work in quite big films, but childhood’s suffering..”..always remained with her.'”Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, or Mera Naam Joker..”..Chandni, Merchant Ivory’s film The Householder..”..she was seen in all kinds of films.”But her father passed away when she was only 6 months old.’
‘She was the youngest among 4 sisters.”She had been asked to play the role of a mother..”..at the age of only 20 years, although she wanted to do comedy.”Actually Achala Sachdev started with All India Radio..”..where she used to do Radio plays.”But once the role of mother got stuck to her..”..it remained stuck to her forever.’ ‘Her first husband was assistant director in films.”His name was Gyan Sachdev.”She had a son from this marriage..”He was named Jyotin.”Achala Sachdev’s marriage didn’t last..”..and her son also went abroad.”But she had close friendship with big film makers.’
‘She had such close friendship with Dev Anad’s wife Kalpana Kartik..”..that they used to exchange notes till the end.”She had good rapport with film makers..”..like Raj Kapoor and Sunil Dutt.”Meena Kumari was her very close friend.’But some people made allegations..”..that Achala Sachdev is after Meena Kumari’s money..”..so Achala Sachdev had to break off this friendship.”Also, Meena Kumari was behaving in a manner..’..which was not acceptable to Achala Sachdev.”Lots of fake rumours were being floated about Meena..’..because of which Achala used to be very unhappy.’
During the shooting of film Aadmi Aur Insaan..”..Achala Sachdev met with a serious accident.”At that time Poonam Sinha was also with her in the car.”Till then Poonam Sinha had not become Mrs. Shatrughan Sinha.'”The driver of the car they were travelling in..”..crashed the car into a tree.”Saira Bano and her mother who were travelling..”..in the car behind them..”..immediately took Achala Sachdev to a hospital.”this was the time when she had already divorced..”..her husband Gyan Sachdev.’ ‘Achala Sachdev’s career was very long.”She has played all kinds of roles.”She presented to us different shades of a mother.”The grandmother of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge..”..is unforgettable. But because of heroes and heroines she said good-bye to films.
Her career was very long, but it used to happen that she was a character artist. Hero and heroine would come late. When they would come, the director would clear their shots first and later those of Achala Sachdev. Because of this she was forced to wait too long. Over a period of time she decided that she won’t work in films.
Her second marriage was to Clifford Douglas Peters who had a factory at Pune. So Achala Sachdev left Mumbai and settles in Pune. Yash Chopra had introduced Peters and Achala Sachdev. After Peter’s death Achala lived alone at Pune. In 2011 she fell down in her own kitchen. She was badly injured and it was found that her brain was also seriously affected And then she was completely paralysed. On 30th April, 2012 Achala Sachdev breathed her last. Achala Sachdev’s name will always be taken with pride in the history of Indian cinema.’
#93 Sonali Bendre – Biography
This beautiful model became a great actress. Name, Sonali Bendre. Sonali Bendre was born on 1st January, 1975. At that time it was difficult to guess that this middle class girl will become a superstar someday. Sonali Bendre was born in a Maharashtrian family in Mumbai. She studied at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Malleswaram, Bangalore. although she is a Maharashtrian. she was not brought up in Maharashtra. Her father was working in CPWD and so every two years he used to get transferred. When she passed 10th standard her father got transferred to Mumbai.”She joined Ruia College here.’
‘A fashion show was organised during college days. A girl could not walk properly on the ramp.”So Sonali Bendre was forced to walk the ramp.”For the first time in her life she was wearing very high heels bur her walk won her the first prize.’ ‘Slowly she began to get modelling assignments.”She was also selected for Stardust Talent Search.”She was also given Lux New Face Award by Filmfare.”Although her first film was Aag, in which Govinda was her hero but slowly she began to get work in big films.’
‘Although her mother was very strict.”She didn’t like it if someone praised her daughter’s beauty.”But she did want her to work, and to become a housewife.”When her father retired, he started to manage..”..Sonali Bendre’s work.’ ‘She worked with big superstars.”Sarfarosh with Aamir Khan. Zakhm with Ajay Devgun.”Duplicate with Shah Rukh Khan. And the list is very long.”She worked in Telugu, Tamil and Marathi films.”And in Kannada movies as well.’
Slowly she moved to television.”She worked as a judge on television and in fiction shows also.”Film Naraaz was being made where she met a boy who later became her husband.”His name Goldie Behl. ‘Sonali Bendre married Goldie Behl.”She has two children from this marriage. The son was named Ranveer, who was born in 2005. Later she had a daughter in 2007. Sonali Bendre left films and then returned to films. She was seen in Kal Ho Na Ho and also in Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. She married into a producers family so she has very close ties with film industry.”Undoubtedly, Sonali Bendre’s acting, her beautiful face and her big ads made her a big star.
#94 Revathi – Biography
This is the tale of an actress who became popular in films in South India and also did some Hindi films. She had been named Asha Khilloni Nair and in films she was give the name Revathi. Revathi was born in Kochi. Her father Khilloni Nair was a Major in the army. Malayalam actress Geeta Vijayan is her cousin. Actually, how she became a heroine is an interesting story. Famous director Bharati Raja was had this compelling habit. He was always on a lookout for new heroines. Sometimes he used to wander from one bus stop to another. Subhadra had also been selected in the same manner.
In the same manner Bharati Raja had found Revathi also. Her second film was Bharatham. which was a Malayali film. And then came the film Bapu, which was a Telugu film. She did some good work in Hindi films also but she couldn’t find much success. She was seen with Salman Khan in film Love which was the remake of a Telugu film. Her acting in film Raat was also appreciated. ‘Revathi married cinematographer and director Suresh Chandra Menon. The year was 1986. The marriage did last long, but cracks began to appear in their relation in 2002, and on 23rd April, 2013. the Chennai Additional Family Court granted them divorce.
Revathi adopted a daughter, whom she named Mahi. She had started with Tamil film Mann Vasanai. with Bharati Raja, and later she too became a director. Revathi has played all kinds of roles. An urban girl as well as a village belle. In Anjali she was a mother, while in film Two States. she was seen as the mother of a grown up girl. Undoubtedly, Revathi is from among those handful of talents who had worked in many films, earned fame as well won National Awards also, and also directed films. It looks impossible to achieve this goal.
#95 Monica Bedi – Biography
‘This is the tale of a girl who reached the heights of Bollywood and went to the depths of the underworld. Name Monica Bedi.”Monica Bedi was born on 18th January, 1976 in Hoshiarpur, Punjab. The name of the village was Chhabbewal. Her father was a registered doctor His name, Prem Kumar Bedi, and mother, Shakuntala Bedi. Her father was doing okay in the village but by 1979 they shifted to Norway. Her father started garments business in Norway and Monica Bedi studied there only.
It will be shocking to know how she got trapped in the quagmire of the underworld and this actress, who studied at Oxford University, United Kingdom how did she land up in Portugal’s jail. How underworld don Abu Salem gave her support. This story really amazes. Monica Bedi never accepted that she was married. She did keep saying that she had a live-in relationship. with Abu Salem.’But before the underworld don entered her life how her struggle was, is also an interesting story.
First Monica came to Delhi. She did modelling in Delhi. After that she came to know that she will have to go to Mumbai to become a part of the film world. although she had met producer Manoj Kumar in England but in Mumbai, producer Mukesh Duggal became her friend.
She had quite close relation with Mukesh Duggal. It is difficult to tell how he was using her but Monica Bedi’s life had become difficult And later the underworld shot down Mukesh Duggal. This was the moment when Monica Bedi was introduced to underworld. Underworld don Abu Salem helped Monica Bedi And it got her roles in films. Although she had started with Telugu films. The name of the film was Taj Mahal which was made by D. Rama Naidu. Rama Naidu took her in two more films, Shivaya and Speed Dancer And in Bollywood she was seen in film Suraksha. After working with big producers and directors. she got trapped in Abu Salem’s clutches and she went to Portugal. Abu Salem’s name was already mentioned in connection with Mumbai blasts. And later she got sentenced also. Her first mentor Mukesh Duggal had been murdered.
Her friendship and love with Abu Salem were blooming. This love story of an underworld don. and a heroine reached Portugal.”Both of them had gone to Portugal under false identities. Both of them were arrested in 2002. And after lots of difficulty the Indian Government brought them to India. Monica Bedi’s life began to look like a nightmare. In media as well as everywhere questions were arising as to how a heroine was thinking of spending her life with a bomb blast accused After all, why did she go to Portugal only?
At that time rumour came that there was bad blood between underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Abu Salem. So Abu Salem changed his own and Monica Bedi’s identities and went to Portugal. The Portugese Government had sentenced them to two years of jail. But Indian reality shown saluted Monica Bedi and said that her story will do very well on TV.’ She was seen in Big Boss as well as in Jhalak Dikhla Ja. The whole world watched underworld done and Mumbai blast accused Abu Salem’s heroine girlfriend. This is one of the few stories about how dark, deep and murky can the relationship be between underworld and Bollywood.’
#96 The Great Gama | Gama Pehalwan | Biography
The real king of wrestling who had showed at the age of 17 that he is the uncrowned king of wrestling.His name is Ghulam Muhammad Butt whom everyone knows as the great Gama. Yes. We are talking about the wrestler Gama.The wrestler who was an example for every powerful man.Do you think you are the wrestler Gama?He was born on 22nd May 1878. City was Amritsar.Though he came from a wrestling background.
Gama was just 10 when there was a bet as to who can do the most push ups at a function in Jodhpur.And the 10 year old Gama was counted among the top 15 wrestlers And then the king of Jodhpur declared Gama the winner because the courage he showed at the age of 10 was indeed praiseworthy. It would shock you how Gama used to prepare for a wrestling bout.He would wrestle with 40 wrestlers every day.He would do 5000 sit ups. And 3000 pushups.His everyday diet was 15 litre milk and a whole load of almond paste which he used to mix in a fruit juice and drink it.
At age 17 Gama challenged the then champion Rahim Baksh Sultaniwala.Rahim Baksh Sultaniwala hailed from Gujranwala which became a part of Pakistan after 1947.Rahim Baksh was roughly 7 feet tall. Gama was a mere 5.7 feet.They had a wrestling bout. It was a clash of the titans.Rahim Baksh Sultaniwala had passed his prime.But still he gave the young Gama a run for his money.And this bout proved to be a draw.
By 1910 Gama had defeated almost all the great wrestlers.When he went to London for the first time he wasn’t allowed to participate in wrestling.Then Gama threw a challenge.Get three great wrestler of any weight category.I’ll throw them out within 30 minutes.But no one volunteered. Everyone thought he was joking.Then he said come on.If I lose I’ll pay the prize money and leave.And one wrestler came after the other.He threw one out in 1 minute 40 seconds.The second in 9 minutes 10 seconds.
And Gama had trounced around 12 international wrestler in two days.And then Stanislaus Zbyszko who was among the best wrestlers in the world he had a bout with him. This was a long bout And Zbyszko’s condition was so bad that he was in the defensive position for almost 2.5 hours.But later Zbyszko didn’t take the ring.And then Gama was declared the winner. American Benzamine Roller, France’s Maurice Deriaz European Champion Johann Lemm world champion Jesse Peterson.Gama trounced all of them.
Gama faced off against Rahim Baksh Sultaniwala once again.And this time after a long bout Gama became victorious.And whenever Gama would be asked to name his toughest opponent he would always take Rahim Baksh Sultaniwala’s name. His fame spread far and wide.And the prince of Wales gave Gama a silver maze. In 1928 came the bout in Patialal India which everyone was waiting for.Gama squared off against Zbyszko again.And this time Gama outdid himself.He beat Zbyszko in just 42 seconds.Gama who never lost.Someone who defeated both national and international wrestlers.
After partition he shifted to Pakistan.Gama spend his last days in Lahore Pakistan.The government gave him land but still he spent his last days in great poverty.One of his huge fans G.D.Birla started a monthly pension of 2000 rupees.Government too gave him a pension of 300 rupees per month.It even volunteered to for pay for his medicines for as long as he is alive.
Gama died on 23rd May 1960.Even martial artists like Bruce Lee were greatly impressed by Gama’s daily routine.Bruce lee too adopted some of his exercise routine.Ghulam Muhammad Butt aka Gama Pehelwan was always victorious.And so was his name.
#97 Sujit Kumar – Biography
You must have seen him as Rajesh Khanna’s friend many a times.In the song Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Aayegi Tu he acted as Rajesh Khanna’s dear friend. His name is Sujit Kumar.This is Sujit Kumar’s story who could’ve never imagined he would join movies.He comes from a family of farmers.And he has ancestral property near Benaras.He was supposed to go to London to pursue MBA.And he used to play good cricket as well.But he thought of pursuing law before it.
He started participating in college drama competition.And one such drama competition was attended by the famous director Fani Majumdar.He was impressed by Sujit’s acting.And he was given the best actor award.Fani told him to try his luck in movies. Since he was his parents only child he faced very little objection against him trying his luck in acting.He was signed for Fani Mazumdar’s movie Aakash Deep.It had Dharmendra and Nanda.But he wasn’t given any role in this movie.
Fani asked him to be his assistant director.And I’ll definitely give you a role in the next film.But this movie didn’t work.Fani Mazumdar couldn’t afford to make another movie with a newcomer.Sujit had to make the rounds of the producers’ offices. This was when he was introduced to Shakti Samanta.Shakti introduced him to Jimmy Nirula.And Sujit became an assistant director once again.
He lived as a paying guest at that time.But then the producer of Bidesiya came to him and said we’ll sign you.That was when Kundan Shah and Nasir Hussain who had made a superhit Bhojpuri film also wanted to work with him. He was signed but later he was dropped.He was replaced by Aseem Kumar.He was heartbroken.At that point the producer of Bidesiyaan Bachubhai Shah came to him and said..We got to know that you’ve been rejected.But we will not reject you.
You will have to work in my film.And that is what happened.He was making a name in Bhojpuri films.He quietly started doing Hindi movies too.He debuted in Hindi movies opposite Sahida Khan in the movie Ek Saal Pehle.And B.K. Adarsh’s movies Putlibai and Lal Bungla did fairly good business.But as a hero he wasn’t making a name.That’s why he decided to be the second hero.
Then came the movies Aradhana and Aankhen. And then he never looked back .He became such thick friends with Rajesh Khanna that these two were together in Mehboba, Haathi Mere Saathi and even in Avataar.And then he became a full time producer. He acted in TV too. And in films too.Undoubtedly Sujit Kumar won everyone’s hearts with his characters of the hero’s friend.
#98 John Abraham – Biography
The world calls him a hunk.The modeling world calls him a supermodel And his fans call him John. This is the story of John Abraham.John Abraham was born on 17th December 1972.His father is a Malayali.And his mother is a Zoroastrian.His father’s name is Abraham John.He is an architect.He is from Aluva in Kerala.His mother is Firoza Irani.His mother had named him Farhan But he has been baptized as John.He has a sister named Susy Mathew.His younger brother’s name is Alan Abraham.
John Abraham studied in Bombay Scottish school.He took a bachelor’s degree in economics from Jai Hind college in Mumbai.He even did MBA from Mumbai Educational Trust But John rose to fame with modeling. He was seen in Punjabi singer Jazzy B’s music video.He was working as a media planner too.Since he has an amazing physique and good looks he won the Gladrags Manhunt contest.It was the year of 1999.He won second place in Philippines Manhunt international.
He did modeling in Hong Kong, London and New York.He was seen in many advertisements.He was seen in the music videos of great singers like Pankaj Udhas, Hans Raj Hans and Babul Supriyo.To improve his acting John Abraham joined Kishore Namit Kapoor’s acting school too. In 2003 he started his box-office career with ‘Jism’ movie.Bipasha Basu was the heroine in this film.They had such scenes in the movie that it really felt they are in love.During that time he was seen in Anurag Basu’s horror film ‘Saaya’ as well.Some people did question his acting ability.But Pooja Bhatt’s film ‘Paap’ did silence the questions to some extent.Udita Goswami was his heroine in the film.
After which John Abraham never looked back.He kept doing films one after the other.’Dhoom’ earned him success.He was a thief who was being chased by policemen.John Abraham’s looks, acting and style gained him Filmfare award for best performance in a negative role nomination.During this time his affair with Bipasha Basu was in news. John Abraham continued0 acting sometimes in multi-starrers and sometimes as solo hero.Who can forget ‘Force’ movie?
John Abraham’s body and action was amazing.John Abraham produced films like ‘Vicky Donor’ which made Ayushman Khurana and Yami Gautam stars.After which he produced ‘Madras Café’.This film was also lauded. If we talk about John Abraham’s childhood once again we come to know that he used to like a teacher a lot.He even learnt German for his teacher. Although he is not fluent in his father’s mother tongue Malayalam.He speaks fluent Gujarati and English.His younger brother is also an architect.John Abraham loves animals.But he doesn’t have any pet of his own.He had a pet many years ago.When she passed away…John Abraham couldn’t muster courage to have another pet.
In 2002 when Jism’s shoot was going on there was news of John Abraham and Bipasha Basu’s relation.Their affair lasted for a long time.They were called super couple too. Bipasha Basu’s figure, John Abraham’s body and their chemistry was amazing.But then a kiss between Bipasha Basu and football player Cristiano Ronaldo ruined the relation.John Abraham did not speak much after their breakup.
Bipasha Basu got married to TV star Karan Singh Grover.John Abraham got married to American investment banker Priya Runchal.John Abraham is truly a multifaceted person.On one hand gyms, bikes, body building on the other hand acting and production.There are very few people in the film industry who can compete with John.
#99 Kiran Kumar – Biography
‘Famous and well-known villain Jeevan’s son, Kiran Kumar.’ Lotiya Pathan in Tezaab, Kiran Kumar.”This is the tale of Kiran Kumar who became a villain from a hero.’Kiran Kumar had started watching film shootings with his father.”His father Jeevan was a well-known villain.’ ‘From black and white to coloured films..’..Jeevan had created a stir.”Kiran Kumar actually hails from Kashmir..’..and he is a Kashmiri Pandit. When he expressed his desire to do acting..”..his father said that he will have to work very hard.”He went to Pune’s FTII.”When he came out after studying there it was believed that this handsome young man will definitely become a hero.’
‘He did become a hero.’The films were Aaj Ki Taza Khabar, and Jungle Mein Mangal.”In both these films, Kiran Kumar’s looks had worked wonders. Kiran Kumar had done his schooling at Indore..”..and had taken admission at Bandra’s R.D. College. When he was at FTII, people used to call him Deepak Dhar. That was his name, but when he entered the film industry he was given the name Kiran Kumar. He was getting work in films, but it was sporadic.’Then he turned to Gujarati films.”He was considered as Bachchan of Gujarati cinema.’
‘Rakesh Roshan’s film Khudgarz had brought him back..”..towards Hindi cinema.”An then his acting in Tezaab was wonderful.”And his work in film Khuda Gawah was also praiseworthy. After films, he turned towards television.”And on television he did very good serials.”There was a time when he was..”..the most expensive star on television.”He also started his own production house.’ He names it Sainama Visions. Kiran Kumar was very sad..’..when his younger brother Bhushan Jeevan died.’He was just 36 years old and his death broke his heart.’
‘Kiran Kumar married Gujarati actress Sushama Varma.”He had two children from this marriage.’His son Shaurya, who has worked as assistant director..”..with big directors like David Dhavan and Abbas Mustsan.”And his daughter Srishti who runs a jewellery and clothing label. ‘Kiran Kumars life demonstrates that..’..despite being the child of a famous father..”..one has to work very hard.”And when you feel that you can’t become successful in films..”..you have to change tour path.”And then you can reach a stage..”..where the world thinks of you as a legend.”Kiran Kumar earned great fame in both films and television.’
#100 Zayed Khan – Biography
The son of Sanjay Khan the Tipu from The Sword Of Tipu Sultan Zayed Abbas Khan. This is the story of Zayed Khan.He was born on 5th July 1980.Father is Sanjay Khan. Mother is Zarine Khan.He is the nephew of the famous actor director producer Firoz Khan.His uncle Akbar Khan did a lot of movies.His father is a Muslim and mother is Parsi.Among the four children Zayed is the youngest. He has three elder sisters.Simone Khan, Farah Khan and Sussane Khan.And he comes fourth.His first cousin Fardeen Khan too has worked in movies.
Zayed Khan went from Welhem Boys School Dehradhun.And then he moved to Kodaikanal International School Kodaikanal.His childhood friends are Esha Deol and Mallaika Parekh. You would be surprised to know that before entering films…Zayed Khan was a really good student.He did business management from Montgomary college.And he even learnt film making from London Film Academy. And in 2003 Zayed Khan decided to set the silver screen alight…and he debuted. The movie was Chura Liya Hai Tumne.In 20004 released the movie Main Hoon Na in which his acting was quite appreciated.And he won the filmfare award for best supporting actor.
He was seen opposite Amrita Arora in a music video named Disco 82 remix.By 2005 Zayed had worked in lots of films.He was seen with Arjun Rampal and Amisha Patel in the movie Vaada.Then he seen in the movie Shabd.Though the role was of a photography professor.But he said that he’ll do this role because the heroine of this movie is Aishwarya Rai. Then released Anubhav Sinha’s movie Dus where he played the role of a police officer.Then Shaadi No.1, fight club, Rocky The Rebel.He was seen in all these movies.And he told that he himself wrote most of the scenes.
Some movies worked and some didn’t.He was seen in movies like Yuvraj with Salman Khan Katrina Kaif and Anil Kapoor.And then in Apoorva Lakhia’s movie Mission Istanbul opposite Vivek Oberoi. He also played some roles with negative shades…as in the movie Anjanan Anjani. Then he started producing his own films. And then he realised it was time to get married. He married his high school friend Mallaika Parekh. Date was 20 November 2005. Both used to study at Kodaikanal International School. Mallaika Parekh’s mother Chris Parekh is a Brit. Mallaika Parekh is quite interested in jewelry business. And she is professionally trained in it. They had a son from this marriage. They named it Zidaan. And the second son was name Aariz.
And in 2008 it was believed that Zayed Khan had quit smoking ecause he loves his children a lot.Zayed entered the film industry as a really smart hero. And he will always be remembered for his smartness.