Padma Khanna is a renowned Indian actress and director. She was born on March 10, 1949 in Benaras, India. She got married to Jagdish L. Sidana, a film director and after that, they moved to New Jersey, USA from where she founded the Indianica Dance Academy in Iselin, New Jersey. She has two children namely, Neha and Akshar Sidana. Padma and Jagdish decided to move to U.S. since their children wanted to pursue their studies there.
Padma became a popular personality in Hindi and Bhojpuri films during the 70’s and 80’s. She is notable for the role she portrayed in the Bollywood drama film, Saudagar with the legendary actor,
in 1973 and in the Ramanand Sagar’s epic television series, Ramayan in 1987, where she played as Kaikeyi on Doordarshan channel. Besides acting, Padma is also a trained Kathak dancer under Birju Maharaj.
Padma started her career when she was 12-years old in the Bhojpuri film entitled, Bhaiyya and made her first major break after essaying the role of Tara, a cabaret dancer in the blockbuster film, Johnny Mera Naam. Padma usually acted as a dancer in films like Loafer and in the 1979 Bollywood film, Jaan-e-Bahaar. She played as a double for
in the 1972 Indian film, Pakeezah while doing Mujra dance. Padma also acted and choreographed a musical show based on the mythological series, Ramayana along with 64 actors and performers which was held at the Avery Fish Hall in New York,under the direction of his husband, Jagdish L. Sidana in 2008. In 2004, the actress also directed a Bhojpuri film entitled, Nahir Hutal Jaya.
Padma appeared in television series including Pehchaan on Hum TV, Taank Jhaank on Sony TV India and Metha Zaher on Doordarshan. Some of the Hindi films that she made were, Heer Raanjha, Seema, Pappi, Lakhan, Pyar Diwanam, Joshila, Anokhi Ada’ and a lot more. She also done many Bhojpuri films including Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo, Balam Pardesia, Mai, Godna, Kajari and more. She also bags a role in the Gujarati film, Gher Gher Maati Na Chula in 1977 and has done two Punjabi films including Jundri Yaar Di and Sher Puttar in 1978. She appeared in the song, Khel Kunala Daivacha Kalala in the 1983 Marathi film, Devta and in the song Shame Ne Jab Aag for the film, Maaficha Sakshidar in 1986. Padma also did a Bengali film entitled, Chhaila Baabu in 1970s.