Sadhana

Greatest Heroine of the 60's

Sadhana entered bollywood cinema in 1960 with her first hindi film Love In Simla. The film was a superhit and made Sadhana a superstar overnight. There was no stopping for Sadhana and she gave hit after hit. Sadhana went on to become one of the all time greatest star in the history of bollywood cinema.

Between 1960 and 1974 Sadhana worked in around 25 films and around 18 of them were super hits.

Sadhana was born in Karachi in 1941. Her family moved to India after the partition. In 1960 she made her debut with first Sindhi film Abana playing Sheila Ramani's sister. India's leading producer Subodh Mukherjee spotted her and offered the lead role in Love In Simla opposite his newcomer son, Joy Mukherjee.

She started the famous Sadhana cut, a fringe that she got herself during the making of her initial film Hum Dono. Most of the films she worked in were heroine-oriented which gave her a wide range and a huge fan-following. Her fringe-cut, tight churidar kurtas set fashion trends of their time.

Bimal Roy's Parakh (1960) was Sadhana's next film where she was cast as a simple girl without her trademark fringe. Sadhana responded with perhaps the best performance of her career. She followed this with Hum Dono (1961) and Asli Naqli (1962) both opposite Dev Anand, Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (1962) again opposite Joy Mukherjee, Man Mauji (1962) with Kishore Kumar and then perhaps her most remembered film Mere Mehboob (1963) opposite Rajendra Kumar. It was her first film in colour and she never looked better!

Sadhana the worked in a series of films that set the box office on fire. Woh Kaun Thi (1964), Rajkumar (1964), Waqt (1965), Mera Saaya (1966), Arzoo (1966) were released making her the most saleable heroine of the 60s.

Sadhana married her first film's director R K Nayyar in 1966. It was a happy marriage and lasted until R K Nayyar passed away in early 1990s. Soon after marriage she started having health problems and had to take treatment in US. After the treatment she was back in the films giving superhits like Inteqam (1969) and Ek Phool Do Maali (1969). Her magic started to fade as a series of flops followed. Though, Geeta Mera Naam released in 1974 was a success, Sadhana knew it was time to say goodbye.

Today she lives as a widow and aviods any kind of publicity.

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