Birthday: 14-01-1905
Date of death: 22-09-1991
Star sign: Aquarius

Durga Khote is a legendary actress of Indian cinema who has acted in over 200 films and even numerous theatre productions. The actress was born on January 14, 1905, and is considered to be the foremost leading ladies of her times. Her performances were truly gripping because of the genuineness that she portrayed on the screen. She was also part of the evolutionary process of the art form of Bollywood storytelling silent era to color film era) and was one of the true pioneers of the artistic movement in theater, film and television. For her contribution to Indian film industry, she received the highest award in Indian cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1983).  

For new generation viewers Durga was known as Dimple Kapadia’s grandmother (Mrs Braganza). After the success of ‘ Bobby’, she essayed mother’s role in ‘Bidaai’ for which she received Filmfare's Best Supporting Actress award. She also acted as Amitabh Bachchan’s aunt in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Abhiman’. Earlier, she also donned the character of Jodhabai in K. Asif's Mughal-e-Azam (1960) which made her very popular with audiences. While, in her early stages of her career, she essayed characters of a queen in many Hindi movies. Later she shifted to character roles in family dramas.

Durga was an inspiration for many actresses in those days; especially Tanuja’s mother late Shobhna Samarth, who was an ardent fan of her. This actress got her break In films through Prabhat Film Company. This film company made films like Maya Machindra (1932), and Durga played the heroine. The movie was released in Hindi and Marathi. Her next film was ’Ayodhyecha Raja’, another Prabhat film production. It was a first talkie film in Marathi and was a runaway hit. In these films, she played the role of Rani Taramati. Although she continued acting with Prabhat Company she had her own methodology in working. She did not work on monthly salary contract and became India’s first freelance artist. Thus, she got a chance to act with other production companies too such as New Theatres, East India Film Co and Prakash Pictures.
In 1937, Durga produced and directed a film named ‘Saathi’ and evolved as the first woman filmmaker of our country. In 40’s she also essayed some award-winning performances in films like ‘Bharat Milap (1942) and ‘Charnon Ki Dasi’ ((1941) which fetched her BFJA Best Actress Award for two consecutive years. She also remained active in Marathi Theater for many years and joined Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA). She even acted in Merchant Ivory's debut film, ‘The Householder’ (1963) in which she essayed the role of Shashi Kapoor’s mother. The film had Shashi Kapoor and Leela Naidu in lead roles. Unable to concentrate on films, she gradually shifted her attention to the production of short films, ad films and even documentaries. She also launched Durga Khote Productions which produced television series for Doordarshan.

Durga was a graduate in those days, and she came from a very influential family before making her debut in films. She was married and became a widow at the age of 26. As a widowed mother who had to bring up her two young sons, she accepted acting as her livelihood. This legendary actress passed away on September 22, 1991, in Mumbai.

 

Nayani Dixit Hindi Actress

Nayani Dixit

Nayani Dixit emerged as a talented, independent and a strong woman after 2010. Nayani`s date of birth is 13 September 1984. Known for her role in Queen, she made it to the Bollywood industry. It was her stagnant step as an actress. Originally she hails from Kanpur, but now she turns up in Mumbai. She has been brought up in a family of artists where her father is a renowned theater personality. Nayani`s family has always stood as a pillar for her and never restricted her to choose what she aspires. Acting is what she could only dream of, and here she landed to become a top actress. Nayani Dixit`s movie list includes Special 26, Delhi Belly, The Violin Player, BHK [email protected], Doctor I Love You, Forever and a Day, Staring Upstream, Shanivaar Ko Do Baje, and Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana.  Nayani Dixit in Queen played the protagonist’s best friend. Her character was named as Sonal. During her stay in Delhi for the shoot, she found Delhi a great hiatus when talking about food and weather.  Nayani Dixit in Special 26 played her role remarkably. She is an ardent reader and catches up with a good book when free from work, often turning down the invitations from friends. She is also a big cinephile and loves all genres of movies. She is so fond of acting that she won’t marry someone who would retrench her dream. Other than Movies, Nayani Dixit`s TV Shows that involves her admirable work are Rishta.com and Siyaasat. Nayani is a very open and a down to earth person. Being a woman and looking at the present scenario of women in the country, she wishes to watch for more women kind movies that centered on real women, as the audience relates a lot to movies. Nayani is keen to play the role of a strong, determined lady who can set up inspiration for others. Hollywood is her dream, and she is optimistic enough to enter it someday. She also has an intense desire for working with top Indian actors such as Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan.

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Mira Rajput

Mira Rajput is the wife of the charming Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor. She is a very intelligent, talented, and a focused woman who has great vocal skills. She was born on the 7th of September 1994 in Delhi, but she belongs to Punjab. Her father’s name is Vikramaditya Rajput who is a businessman, and her mother’s name is Bela Rajput. She has two sisters with name Priya Rajput Tulshan who is elder than her and Noorjehan Rajput Wadhwani who is younger than her, and she is the middle child. She completed her schooling from Vasant Valley School which is situated in New Delhi, India. She pursued her graduate degree in the field of Literature and English Language a college named “Lady Shri Ram College” which comes under the Delhi University. During her graduation in DU, she secured 10th rank in the CATE exam, and she also did an internship with United Nations which is a matter of pride for her. She was a very intellectual and bright student. She was a normal girl from a simple Indian family, and she got famous only after her marriage with Shahid Kapoor. Mira and Shahid did an arranged marriage, and they met each other’s families through a guru and his religious group named “Radha Soami Satsang Beas.” They have a daughter named Misha which is a combination of their name where “Mi” is from Mira and “sha” is from Shahid. They have a large age difference of 14 years. Mira is a very homely person who gets along with her husband’s family very well, and she is very close to them. Before her marriage with Shahid, she was in a relationship with a guy named Aditya Lal who used to study in the same school as hers. They were in love with each other, but their relationship only lasted for around two years. After that, she got engaged to Shahid in January 2015, and the marriage occurred in July 2015. Earlier, she was not very sure about marrying a film start but, she was convinced by her elder sister to get married to him. The couple had a baby girl on 26 August 2016. After Misha, the news came that they are going to be blessed with another child and their daughter Misha will become an elder sister soon. She had birthed a baby boy on 5 September in 2018, and they both were very happy with their second child.

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