Bollywood Actresses – Today and Yesterday ( Part 2 )
In the previous article Bollywood Actresses – Today and Yesterday ( Part 1 ), we have discussed about the changes in Beauty of Bollywood actress who were the important part of Bollywood.
Vyjayanthimala Bali is not only film actress but also Bharathanatyam dancer, Carnatic singer, dance choreographer and parliamentarian. Vyjayanthimala was one of the biggest Bollywood stars in a career lasting almost two decades. She was also the first south Indian actress to become a national star and “paved a way” for other south Indian actresses to foray into Bollywood.
Post her retirement in films, Vyjayanthimala was offered with many roles by big banners opposite leading actors of that time. But she refused all those offers as she does not want to make a comeback.
Besides films, Vyjayanthimala’s main concentration was in Bharata Natyam a form of Indian classical dance. After quitting movies Vyjayanthimala Bali continued with her dance career. In addition, Vyjayanthimala was conferred with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the highest Indian recognition given to practising artists.
Vyjayanthimala in 1982 for her contribution in Bharata Natyam field. Moreover, Vyjayanthimala is also an avid golfer and is one of the oldest golfers in Chennai.
In her hey-days, Vyjayanthimala was the subject of many controversies. In the early 1960s, Vyjayanthimala was linked with Dilip Kumar, who has acted with her the most compared to any other actress which resulted in great on-screen chemistry between them. While working for his home production Gunga Jumna (1961), it is said that Kumar handpicked the shade of sari that Vyjayanthimala would wear in every scene.
Vyjayanthimala married Chamanlal Bali in 1968. After marriage, she gave up her acting career and moved to Chennai. They have a son, Suchindra Bali. In 2007, she published her autobiography, titled Bonding, with Jyoti Sabarwal as co-writer.
Sadhana Shivdasani better known as Sadhana, is an Indian actress who was one of the top stars in the 1960s and the early 1970s. Sadhana Shivdasani introduced the fringe hairstlye in Indian film industry in her first film Love in Simla. The style was copied by girls in India and is still known by the same name “Sadhana Cut”.
Sadhana married her Love in Simla director Ram Krishna Nayyar on 7 March 1966. Their love blossomed on the film set. But as she was very young then, her parents opposed it. She was married to him for nearly thirty years, till his death in 1995 from asthma. The couple had no children. She suffered from a disorder of her eyes due to hyperthyroidism and got treatment for the same in Boston. After her retirement, she chooses to remain away from the film industry and has never made a comeback. She also refuses to be photographed simply because she wants to be remembered the way she was. Living in Santacruz, Mumbai, she is a tenant in an apartment building owned by singer Asha Bhosle.
In 2014, the seventy-two-year-old Sadhana made a rare public appearance walking the ramp in a pink sari at a fashion show to support the cause for cancer and AIDS patients. She is cousin sister of Actress Babita.
Tina Munim – Ambani
Tina Munim is an Indian film actress who acted in Bollywood movies during the late 1970s to late 80s. She is married to Anil Ambani. Now she is involved in a number of philanthropic and charity activities and is currently running an NGO and a hospital.
Tina Ambani was discovered by Dev Anand after she represented India in 1975 at the International Teen Princess contest in Aruba, and won the Miss Photogenic and Miss Bikini awards. In 1978, Dev Anand cast her in his film Des Pardes, which launched her film career.
Between 1981 and 1987, Ambani was in a relationship with Rajesh Khanna. When the relationship ended, she decided to move to California to attend college there.
In 1987, Ambani gave up her Bollywood career and moved to the United States, but two of her movies were released in 1988 and 1991, respectively. In 1992 she married Anil Ambani. She has two sons with him.
Salma Agha is a British singer and actress of Pakistani origin who sang as well as acted in Indian films in the 1980s and the early 1990s. Her first film was B.R Chopra’s Nikaah for which she won the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for the ghazal “Dil Ke Armaan Aansuon Mein Beh Gaye”.
She did a Pakistani film called Bazaar-e-Husn which was the first in Pakistan to win awards in Russia. Her performance was outstanding and as a music was again a hit by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Salma Agha born to a wealthy father and in Karachi, moved to London at age 9. She was married at 16 years of age to a prominent Pakistani settled in London. A divorce soon followed.
Salma worked on many other movies in Pakistan, none with major recognition other than a movie that later got adopted into a Hindi version Pati, Patni aur Tawaif. Salma played the same character she had, in the Paksitani version and was once again teamed with Mithun. Whiel shooting for it in Bombay she also did Oonche Log with Rajesh Khanna. All of these movies flopped massively at the box office.
She done a horrible role in Hum aur Tum with Javiad Sheikh. They both fell in love and Javiad divorced his wife of 15 years and tied the knot with Salma. They were in such a rush for marriage that Salma Agha didn’t even dub for the Hum aur Tum. The bad dubbing job and the horrible story line killed the movie. Though the curiosity of seeing Salma and her box office power made the movie a hit in Pakistan. Soon Salma was going through another divorce with Javaid Shaikh.
She has a daughter with Rehmat and also runs a high end boutique in Islamabad. & She dont have any plans to come back to Bollywood.
Reena Roy performed leading roles in many films from 1972 to 1985. She started her career in films started off with a non-starter, B. R. Ishara’s Nai Duniya Naye Log with another newcomer Danny Denzongpa, but it was shelved temporarily.
Reena Roy also made several films with Sunil Dutt. After the box office success of Aasha for which she received her second Filmfare nomination as Best Actress, Reena entered the 1980s as a leading lady in demand, securing herself roles with famous movie star like Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, and Vinod Khanna. Though professionally she competed with Rekha, off the screen they were good friends. Rekha helped Reena improve her costume sense and hair styles.
In 1983, at the height of her fame, Reena Roy decided to quit the film industry to marry Pakistani cricketer Mohsin Khan. The couple later divorced. Reena initially lost custody of her daughter Sanam in the divorce. After her ex-husband re-married, Reena regained custody.
Reena returned to Bollywood in 1992, in a mature supporting role as a sister-in-law in Aadmi Khilona Hai. Her last film appearance was in J.P Dutta’s Refugee .
Moushumi Chatterjee is a Bollywood actress, who has also acted in Bengali cinema. She is married to Jayant Mukherjee. They have two daughters, Payal and Megha. She started to act in Bollywood movies after her marriage, which was quite unusual for women during that time.
In 1967, She made her film debut in the Bengali hit, Balika Badhu. About her Hindi film debut, she once said in an interview “As my father-in-law was a renowned film celebrity many film personalities used to throng our house. One among them was filmmaker Shakti Samanta who insisted upon me to act in movies. I declined but both my father-in-law and my husband encouraged me thus I got Anuraag. She was paired romantically with actor Vinod Mehra in 10 films and the pair worked together in a total of 13 films, including Anuraag, Us-Paar, Raftaar, Umar Qaid, Mazaaq, Zindagi, Jyoti Bane Jwala.
In 1982, she did Marathi film-Cameo Role for Song Tumhi Adkitta Mi Ho Supari from the film Bhannat Bhanu. After 1985, she did not get main female lead roles regularly in Hindi films.