Nutan Bahl was an old Indian actress. She was born on 4 June in 1936 in Bombay. She appeared in many old Hindi films. She played as an actress for forty years career. She is one of the best actresses in the Hindi film industry. She is famous for playing many unconventional roles for which she received many awards and praises.

She started her career in 1950 when her age was just 14 for the film Hamari Beti. The film was directed by Shobha Samarth, her mother. After that, she played many famous roles in many other films like Nagina, Humlog in 1951. The movie that brought her fame and name was in 1955 was Seema. She also won Best Actress award in Filmfare Awards.

She then got many other offers to play the lead roles in their movies. Throughout the 1960s until late 1970s, she won the awards again four times for the films Bandini in 1963, Sujata in 1959, Milan in 1967 and Mein Tulsi Tere Angan Ki in 1978. During the 1980s, she portrayed in many roles and was still acting until her death.

During her old age, she played in many mother roles in many films like Naam in 1986, Meri Jung in 1985, Saajan Ki Saheli in 1981 and many other films. She has won totally six Filmfare awards in her life. She won the sixth one for Meri Jung in 1985 for playing a mother role as the best supporting actress. All other five awards that she won were for best actress awards.

Her record of holding 6 Filmfare awards which Kajol, her niece broke the record in 2011. She held the record for over 30 years. She was also awarded Padma Shri by the Indian Government in 1974. Even Britannica Encyclopedia has written that she had developed her acting style that was very natural and very different from other actresses under the direction of Bimal Roy.

Rediff also wrote that she was the third greatest actress of all time in 2011. Then she was included in the 25 greatest performances in Indian film industry for her performance in the film Bandini. Even Forbes India wrote many articles about her acting skills. She influenced many other famous actresses who came after her like Smitha Patel and Sadana. She married Rajnish Bah on 11 October 1959.

She died of cancer in 1991. She is survived by her son Mohnish Bahl, who is an actor in many Hindi films and TV shows. Many biographical books were written about her. A book Nutan which was written by Lalita Tamane a famous Marathi book writer depicted a narrative by her. The book contained all about the life experiences, achievements of Nutan. Even recently in February 2011, a postage stamp was released by Minister for Communication and Information of India in her honor. But unfortunately, she died on 21 February in 1991.

Meena Kumari - Hindi Hindi Actress

Meena Kumari - Hindi

Meena Kumari was known as the tragedy queen of Hindi cinema for her superb performances in tragic roles, in film after film during her active career. Unfortunately, her personal life was also a series of tragedies that ultimately resulted in her virtually taking her own life due to excessive and reckless drinking. She died at a relatively young age when she was approaching 40. At that time she had acted in almost a hundred films in an active career of 30 years, which included her appearances even as a child artiste. Many of her films are mentioned in revered tones even after almost half a century has passed after her death. Meena Kumari was not born with that name, her real name being Mahjabeen Bano. She had acting in her blood, as her father was a veteran of the Parsi theater in Bombay, and was also a musician, besides writing Urdu poetry. He also did bit roles, and composed music for B grade films. Her mother was a stage actress and a dancer. Although having all the necessary parental encouragement and prodding, Mahjabeen was reluctant to join films and wanted to pursue her school studies. However, she got pushed into films at the tender age of 7, acquiring the screen name Meena, (at that time Baby Meena) in the 1939 film “Farzand-e-Watan”. Her initial adult age films were mostly mythological or fantasy based ones. What, however, catapulted her into fame was the musical “Baiju Bawra” in 1952. After this she had a string of appearances as one of the mainstream heroines in films like “Parineeta” , based on the literary classic in 1953, followed by family dramas like “Ek Hi Raasta” in 1956 and “Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi” and the period film “Kohinoor” with Dilip Kumar, both released in 1960. Her most remarkable year, however, was 1962 when she created a record of sorts by bagging three nominations for the Filmfare Best Actress Award, for the films “Aarti” which was a love triangle; Main Chup Rahungi” a family drama and “Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam” a period film. She ultimately got the award for the last named, which incidentally is regarded as one of the best performance in the annals of Hindi cinema. This was in the role of a frustrated alcoholic wife in a traditional family of landlords. Her subsequent films in the first half of the 1960s were no less remarkable with all three films in this period, the love triangle, “Dil Ek Mandir” ; the family drama, “Kaajal” and the Dharmendra starrer “Phool Aur Patthar”, getting nominated for Filmfare best actress awards, and “Kaajal” fetching her the last such award in her lifetime. By this time her health deteriorated substantially due to her continued drinking and the estrangement with husband Kamal Amrohi. But the story of Meena Kumari would be incomplete without mention of “Pakeezah”, ultimately released in 1972, with a record production period of 14 years. The irony of “Pakeezah” was that it did not impress cine goers on release, but immediately after her death, about 2 months later, it not only became a major hit, but also fetched her posthumous Filmfare Award for Best Actress!

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Bina Rai

Bina Rai was a leading Hindi cinema actress of the 1950s and 1960s who acted in more than 30 films in her career. She is admired for her beauty and charm and was like a queen on and off the screen, she immortalized the Hindi cinema with her powerful performances in classic films such as Anarkali (1953) and Taj Mahal (1963) and Ghunghat (1960). She was cast opposite Pradeep Kumar in these three blockbusters and a couple of other films. She acted with brother-in-law of Raj Kapoor, Prem Nath, with whom she got married later on. The two (Premanth – Bina Rai) fell in love during the shoring to Aurat. Later on, they both set their own production unit, P.N. Films. The legendary actress Bina Rai was born on June 4, 1936 into a conservative family in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. As a first-year arts student at Isabella Theodore College in Lucknow in 1950, she saw an advertisement for a contest for talented actors and she applied; to her surprise, she received a call from the sponsors. She won the contest, and prize worth Rs. 25,000. The veteran producer Kishore Sahu offered her the lead role in his film Kali Ghata (1951). Her next two films, Shole and Aurat were of moderate success. It was only after Anarkali, she became a big star. In the film, she played the role of Anarkali with sensitivity, as an ill-fated dancing girl who is in love with Salim. Her performance got critical acclaim too. The film’s songs are even popular today. After the success of Taj Mahal (1963), she acted only three more films, after which, she bid bye to the industry. She had a son, Prem Krishen, who got a break in the 1970s and he had only given one hit film. Therefore, he launched his own TV production, Cinevistaas Limited. Bira Rai, died on December 6,2009. Her husband, Premnath (a leading actor) too had died earlier in 1992. She was survived by her two sons, Prem Kishen and Kailash (Monty). Premnath’s sister Krishna was married to Raj Kapoor.

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