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Veteran actress Sadhana Shivdasani of Waqt, Woh Kaun Thi passes away at 74

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 2:40 IST

Veteran Bollywood actress Sadhana, known for her memorable performances in Woh Kaun Thi (1964), Mere Mehboob (1963) and Waqt (1965), has passed away. She was 74.

Sadhana Shivdasani debuted in the Hindi film industry with the 1955 film, Shree 420, where she did a cameo in the popular song Mur Mur Ke Na Dekh.

She became a style icon soon, particularly for her hairstyle, which was soon known as the 'Sadhana fringe'. In her career, which spanned around 40 years, she acted in over 35 films and many plays as well.

Born in a Sindhi family in Karachi in 1941, Sadhana was home-schooled till she was eight and then studied in Mumbai's Auxilium Convent, Wadala and Jai Hind College.

Sadhana's parents were very supportive of her career choice, which was quite rare in those times. In fact, her father helped her enter the industry. Even though she bagged a small role in Raj Kapoor's Shree 420, her major on screen breakthrough came with the 1960 film Love in Simla, produced by Sashadhar Mukherjee. In fact, she got married to her Love in Simla director, Ram Krishna Nayyar, in 1966. However, the director succumbed to asthma in 1995.

Sadhana's impressive body of work includes blockbusters like Parakh, Hum Dono, Asli-Naqli, Ek Musafir Ek Hasina, Mere Mehboob, Mera Saaya, Anita, among others. Her songs like Jhumka Gira Re, Abhi Na Jaao Chodkar, Lag Ja Gale, Tu Jaha Jaha Chalega...Mera Saaya Sath Hoga are iconic.

Sadhana stayed away from the public eye after she quit films. In fact, as she suffered from hyperthyroidism, she also refused to be photographed.

She just wanted the world to remember her for the beauty she reflected on screen in her hey days.

May her soul rest in peace.

First published: 25 December 2015, 2:30 IST