Veteran actress Nanda dies at 75

Veteran actress Nanda dies at 75
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Her power packed performances with veterans like Shashi Kapoor endeared her to millions of fans

Yesteryear Bollywood star Nanda, who lit the cinema screens in the 1960s and early 70s with her stellar performances in 'Hum Dono', 'Gumnaam' and 'Jab Jab Phool Khile', passed away on Tuesday at her Versova residence in Mumbai, following a massive heart attack. Her last rites were performed on Tuesday. According to sources from the family, the 75-year-old actress who was the niece of legendary filmmaker V Shantaram, died at her Andheri residence in Mumbai. "It is shocking as she did not have any history of illness," a relative of hers said.

The actress, who excelled equally in playing a coy Indian beauty as well as roles with modern sensibilities, paired up with many stars onscreen including Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Dev Anand, Rajesh Khanna and Shashi Kapoor.

Nanda was born in 1939 to Marathi actor-director Vinayak Damodar Karnataki.

However the family faced hardships after the death of Nanda's father in her childhood. Like many others of her era, Nanda started helping her family by becoming a child star. She made her debut with film 'Jaggu' in the 1950s.

It was Shantaram, her maternal uncle, who helped launch Nanda's career in Bollywood by casting her as a 17-year-old in 1956 hit 'Toofan Aur Diya'.

The film became a success and there was no looking back for the actress. Nanda went on to rule the big screen from 1960 to 1973 with Nutan, Waheeda Rehman and Sadhna.

Rehman became a lifelong friend of the introvert actress, and they kept in touch even till the end, we hear.

Some of her most memorable roles are in 'Jab Jab Phool Khile', 'Gumnaam' and 'Hum Dono'.

In 'Jab Jab Phool Khile', Nanda played her career's first westernised role and paired up with Shashi Kapoor, with whom she went on to do eight films. The Kashmir-set romance, however, remains their most famous pairing and influenced other Bollywood love-stories later.

Nanda first worked with Dev Anand in 'Kaala Bazaar' where she played his sister but the actor said he would cast her as his heroine when he made films, a promise that he kept by working with her in 'Hum Dono' and 'Teen Deviyan'.

She worked with Rajesh Khanna in 'The Train' when he was just starting out as an actor.

In the beginning of her career, Nanda mostly orked as a supporting star but eventually found great acceptance and popularity as a lead heroine.

Nanda was nominated for Filmfare Award five times for Bhabhi (1957), Aanchal (1960), Ittefaq (1969), Ahista Ahista (1981) and Prem Rog (1982). She won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for 'Aanchal'.

After a small role in Manoj Kumar's 1972 film 'Shor', Nanda reduced her work in films. Her other films such as 'Chhalia' and 'Naya Nasha' did not click.

Nanda made a brief return to acting in 1982 as a character actress where she played the onscreen mother of Padmini Kolhapure in 'Ahista Ahista', 'Mazdoor' and 'Prem Rog'. She was engaged to filmmaker Manmohan Desai in 1992 but remained unmarried after his death in a freak accident. Desai fell off the terrace of his rented apartment in Gurgaon in 1994 after the railing on which he was leaning collapsed.

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