Bela Bose was a productive dancer and star in Hindi cinemas during the era of the 1960s and 70s. She was one of the famous dancers in Hindi movies along with Aruna Irani and Helen. She began her career as a schoolgirl as a crowd dancer in movies to help raise her family after her father's demise. She chose up more flicks after she completed her schooling. Most of her characters were as glamorous actresses. Her first performance was in Sautela Bhai in the year 1962 alongside Guru Dutt at age 17.

She sharpened her acting talents performing in Bengali plays. Her occupation consisted of more than 150 movies. Her top period was between 1961 and 1966. In the movie Hawa Mahal in the year 1962, she played the role of Helen's sister. Some of her characters were in Bimal Roy's movie Bandini in the year 1963. The movie is based on a Bengali story Tamasi by Jarasandha in Bengali which was named as Charu Chandra Chakrabarti, a previous jail administrator who spent enough of his career as a jailer in the Northern Bengal, and penned many fictional stories of his experiences.

Her other movies include F.C. Mehra's Professor which was directed by Lekh Tandon. Along with her the movie also starred Kalpana, Shammi Kapoor, Tun Tun, Lalita Pawar, and Iftekhar. The film's song is by Shankar Jaikishan. The movie fitted a box office hit. The movie was remade in the Tamil language as Nadigan, in the Telugu language as Bhale Mastaru, Peddinti Alludu and in the Kannada language as Gopi Krishna. She also featured in Amrapali, Atmaram's Shikar, Yeh Gulistan Hamara, Umang, Zindagi Aur Maut, Dil Aur Mohabbat, and Wahan Ke Log. L

ater, she grew as a character actress and experienced her biggest success playing the wicked sister-in-law in the 1975 smash hit Jai Santoshi Maa. A low-budget film which was directed by Vijay Sharma. Santoshi Ma is the goddess of prosperity. Usha Mangeshkar, the sibling of Lata Mangeshkar, sang the religious songs for the movie along with Mahendra Kapoor and the popular poet Pradeep, who penned the lyrics of the hymns. Her real-life hubby Ashish Kumar was the principal man in the hit movie.

She wedded him in 1967 and steadily eased out of movies after giving birth to a girl and a boy. Of all her movies, her favourite characters were as a Jeetendra's nurse sister in Jeene Ki Raah, succeeded by another movie More Man Mitwa.