Sadhana – a beautiful actress of her times

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Sadhana in the movie ‘Parakh’ and with the famous fringe she courted in ‘Love in Simla’  


By Neena Badhwar

Sadhana ”“ the famous actress known to have set a trend of ”˜sadhana cut’ amongst millions of young Indian fans passed away in Mumbai after a brief illness.

She was also known for her fashionable clothes she wore in films that were a craze with young college girls. We remember the 60s and the 70s when Sadhana was slated as the number 1 heroine of movies such as ”˜Waqt’ and ”˜Mere Mehboob’.

Sadhana, born in 1941, was a beautiful Sindhi girl, who danced in Raj Kapoor’s famous song in the movie Shri 420 as a chorus girl along with Nadira in ”˜mud mud ke na dekh’ as a 13 year old. She was born to Shivdasani, brother of actor Hari Shivdasani who was also the father of actress Babita.

Sadhana debuted in the 1959 film “Love in Simla” as the heroine which became a big hit.


People went fida on her fringe hairstlye in the film. R. K. Nayyar, director of the film and her future husband, suggested the style in order to make her forehead look narrower. Shivdasani says, “They tried to stick a strip near the hair-line, but it didn’t work out.” Nayyar then suggested she go for the fringe style as was then sported by the Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn.

Actor Rajinder Kumar sang for Sadhana ”˜Mere Mehboob tujhe meri mohabbat ki kasam’ as whole of India fell in love with this beautiful enchantress.

Alas! Sadhana has left for heavenly abode at the age of 74. Whole of Mumbai’s film industry with all the veteran actors and new ones came to pay tribute to this beautiful actress of memorable films such as: “Love in Simla”, “Hum Dono”, “Ek Musafir Ek Hasina”, “Asli-Naqli”, “Mere Mehboob” and “Woh Kaun Thi”.

And here, we living overseas, can only sit and watch Sadhana’s films and songs: ”˜Abhi na jao chhod kar ki dil abhi bhara nahi”¦’ and relive her magic on screen.

Personally I liked her songs ”˜Mere man ke diye’ and ”˜Mila hai kisi ka jhumka’ of film ”˜Parakh’ and ”˜aage bhi jaane na tu’ of film Waqt as she dances with the handsome Sunil Dutt.

She was a pretty young woman of ”˜aap yun hi agar humse milti rahi dekhiye ek din pyar ho jaayega’ when Joy Mukherjee sang to her in ”˜Ek Musafir Ek Haseena’. She was not only beautiful but a superb actor with that mystic appeal in ”˜Woh Kaun Thi’. Even in ”˜Mere Mehboob’ Rajinder Kumar fell madly in love with her as she accidentally lifts her veil of the burqa she wears. Those intimate shots, those meeting of the eyes are not the things of today. And perhaps the old type of ”˜love’ has also died with Sadhana. I just recently watched ”˜Dilwale’ with SRK and Kajol in it. What a truly disappoiting film and the so called portrayal of love chemistry between the two young filmi dons fiercely involved in drug trade.

One can watch a ”˜Woh Kaun Thi’ of Sadhana and Manoj or see with great visual delight when Dev Anand and Sadhana come together in ”˜Hum Dono’.

Watch Sadhana in ”˜Abhi abhi to aayi ho bahaar ban ke chhayi ho”¦’

See Sadhana in ”˜Arzoo’ with Rajinder Kumar or see her in ”˜Rajkumar’ with Shammi Kapoor or in ”˜Inteqam’ with Sanjay in a legacy she has left behind, always young, always beautiful and immortalised on screen forever.

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