Achala Sachdev is a legendary film actress. She was born on May 3, 1920 in Peshawar, Pakistan. She moved to Pune after she got married to Clifford Douglas Peters, who owns a factory in the city. The couple met after Yash Chopra introduced her to Peters. She has one son named Jyotin from her first husband. Jyotin is based in Pennsylvania and works there as a Business Consultant.

In the year 2011, she slipped and accidentally fell in the kitchen and suffered a fracture in her leg. Since then, several emboli were found in her brain, which resulted in total paralysis on her limbs and torso, which even took her vision out. After she got bed-ridden in Pune’s Poona Hospital and Research Centre for almost six months, she died on April 30, 2012 due to respiratory failure. 

Prior to the Indian partition, she initially worked at the national public radio broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) in Lahore and later moved to All India Radio in Delhi. She entered the film industry as a child artist and later debuted in the film, Fashionable Wife in the year 1938. Since then, there is no looking back as she acted in more than 250 films. Achala also acted in Yash Chopra’s first production venture, Daag: A Poem of Love in the year 1973. She was later seen in several Yash Chopra’s directorial and production films such as Chandni in 1989 and the box-office hit film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge in the year 1995 as Kajol’s grandmother. She was notable for her roles in Prem Pujari, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Mera Naam Joker and Andaz. In 1953, she acted in English films Nine Hours to Rama, helmed by Mark Robson and The Householder by James Ivory. But Achala was most remembered for her role as the wife of Balraj Sahani in the 1965 film, Waqt, where she was also featured in the very popular song of the film, Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen.

In 2001, Achala acted as the mother of Amitabh Bachchan in the blockbuster film, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. She was last seen in the 2002 Bollywood romance film, Na Tum Jaano Na Hum, which stars Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan and Esha Deol in the lead roles.

After her husband died, Achala lived in her house alone for almost  ten years. A night attendant from the Janseva Foundation is the only one assisting her. Prior to her death, she donated her properties to the Janseva Foundation to start the Achala Sachdev Institute of Education, which will train the individuals from the tribal areas about the basic patient and hospital-related care.

Aditi Bhagwat

Aditi Bhagwat is a talented and well-known Kathak and Lavani professional, choreographer and actress. She was born on January 18, 1981 in Maharashtra, India. Her journey started at the age of four and she was highly inspired by Ragini Bhagwat, her mother who is a classical singer. She was guided by Roshan Kumari and Nandita Puri when she was just starting her Jaipur style Kathak training. Aditi was trained in Odissi by Jhelum Paranjpe, which led her to prepare in the art of expressions called Abhinaya and Adda, from which she became popular. Besides taking a master in Psychology, she took a degree in Kathak dance from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. The Nalanda Dance and Research Academy in Mumbai gave her the title of Nalanda Nritya Nipun. Aside from Kathak dance, she is also keen in doing the Maharashtrian folk dance called Lavani.  She first collaborated with Louis Banks, a master of Jazz, Sivamani, a percussionist and Merlin D’Souza, a prominent music composer. She made a performance at the Budapest Spring Festival along with the famous pianist Bela Szakcsi Lakatos, for the Indo-Gypsy Jazz project, which was held in Hungary. She also collaborated with Karthik and Gotam: Business Class Refugees during a concert, held in Morlaix, France in the year 2012 and with pianist Rod Williams in The Issue Project Room in New York. Aditi has combined the conventional Kathak gestures and the sophisticated beat of the Chakkradhars, Tatkaar and Taals with the erratic time cycles using the instruments such as Djembe, Cuatro, Drums, Sitar, Ghumbri and a lot more.  Aditi joined One Beat, one of the biggest international music diplomacy programs of the Found Sound Nation in New York, which was produced by Bang on a Can in September 2012. She collaborated with the best musicians from the different sides of the world in creating and performing new music and discovered the possibilities of magnifying the traditional norms of art. She is also a foot percussionist in India and she successfully mixed the Ghungroos sound to her stomping feet with the use of different musical instruments. Through OneBeat, she explored the possibility of utilizing Ghungroos as an instrument and blended it with the rhythmic patterns with several instruments like Cuatro, Gayageum, Banjo and Ghumbri.  Aditi showed her other side when she appeared in several films as a dancer and actress. She made a special appearance in Hindi films Traffic Signal and Myoho. She was seen in Marathi films Chalu Navra Bholi Baiko, Manya Sajjana, Adla Badli, Tahan, Sumbaran and Shasan. Aditi was also seen in television serials like Avantika, Kahani Ghar Ghar Kii and Eka Peksha Ek.  Her institute Aditi Dance Academy (ADA), trains the aspiring and promising talent so they can develop their passion towards the traditional art forms. She is also conducting lectures, demonstrations and workshops on Kathak in other countries like the U.S.  

Aditi Bhagwat Hindi Actress