Sadhana Shivdasani

Sadhana Shivdasani (2 September 1941 – 25 December 2015), popularly known by the mononym Sadhana, was an Indian film actress who appeared in many successful films of the 1960s and 70s. Regarded as one of the finest top leading film actresses in the history of Hindi cinema, sadhana was the highest paid actress of her time. Also popularly known as the mystery girl, Sadhana was one of the most beautiful and top actresses of the 1960s, which was a period regarded as Bollywood’s “Golden Era”. In a career spanning over four decades (!960-1981), Sadhana starred in over 20 successful films such as Hum Dono, Woh Kain Thi, Rajkumar, WAqt, Mere Mehboob, Mera Saaya Anita, Sachaai, as well as Ek Phool Do Mali. Shivdasani also appeared in the Sindhi language film Abaana and entered the Hindi film industry through the 1960s romantic film Love in Simla. Her fringe haircut became popular during this time and it came to be known as the “Sadhana Cut”. She then went on to become famous with her three suspense thriller films; Woh Kain Thi? Mera Saaya, and Anita, all directed by Raj Khosla. She also got nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for these film in 1965 and 1966. She then took retirement from the film industry in the mid 1970s before which she also directed and co-produced a few films. She received the IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to hit and evergreen classic films of Bollywood. Later in her life, Sadhana married her Love in Shimla director R.K. Nayyar in 1966. Their marriage lasted for 30 years and ended when Nayyar died in 1995. She never married after his death and lived alone for the rest of her life until she was diagnosed with cancer in her old age and sadly passed away on 25 December 2015.

The CHDS – Radio Dil Se team would like to invite you to listen to our Sadhana Shivdasani daily special today from 10 am – 11 am and 5 pm – 6 pm EST.

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