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Nanda (actress)Early life
Nanda was born in a Maharashtrian show-business family to Vinayak Damodar Karnataki (Master Vinayak), a successful Marathi actor-director .Her father died when Nanda was a child. The family faced hard times. She became a child artiste and helped them by working in films like Jaggu in the early 1950s. She was tutored at home by renowned schoolteacher and Bombay Scouts commissioner, Gokuldas V. Makhi. Her brother is Marathi film director Jaiprakash Karnataki and Jayashree Talpade is her sister-in-law.
Nanda's paternal uncle V. Shantaram gave Nanda a big break by casting her in a successful brother-sister saga Toofan Aur Diya (1956). She received her first Filmfare Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for Bhabhi (1957); she claims that the reason she didn't win was because there was lobbying involved. She then played supporting roles like sister to stars like Dev Anand in Kala Bazar, and did small roles in big films like Dhool Ka Phool.
She played the title role in L.V. Prasad's Chhoti Bahen (1959). The movie was a big hit, making her a star. She then played lead roles, such as one of Dev Anand’s heroines in Hum Dono (1961) and Teen Deviyan. Both films were acclaimed as 'hits'. She was the heroine in B R Chopra's Kanoon (1960), a film that was very unusual back then, because it had no songs. She won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Anchal (1960).
Nanda was known to encourage newcomers.She starred with Shashi Kapoor in 8 while he was a newcomer, but their first 2 films as a pair - the critically acclaimed romantic film Char Diwari(1961) and Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath (1962) did not work but the rest were successful at the box office. She signed 8 films with Shashi Kapoor at a time when he was yet to successful in Hindi Cinema. Shashi, who though had achieved success in English films in 1963 and in 2 hero Hindi films in 1965, had 5 flops as solo lead hero from his debut in 1961 till 1965 in Hindi films.In Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965), Nanda played a westernised role for the first time and it helped her image. Her favorite song that was famously picturized on her in the film was "Yeh Samaa." (Shashi Kapoor would later declare that Nanda was his favorite heroine. Nanda, too, declared Kapoor as her favourite hero.) In the 60’s the pair of Shashi-Nanda had string of 5 box office romantic hit films like Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain (1965), Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965), Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare (1966), Raja Saab(1969) and Rootha Na Karo(1970).In early seventies, it was Nanda who suggested Rajendra Kumar, co-producer of The Train, to take Rajesh Khanna, as the main lead hero.
She had another hit film in 1965 with Gumnaam, which helped put her in the top league of heroines. With Manoj Kumar, she further worked in Mera Kasoor Kya Hai. She played heroine roles throughout the 1960s but offers dried up in early 70's.She signed with new leading man Rajesh Khanna in the songless suspense thriller Ittefaq (1969) for which she received a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress. After Khanna became a super-star, he signed two more films with her: the thriller The Train (1970) and a comedy Joroo Ka Ghulam (1972) which became hits. Jeetendra, too, had some hit films with her like Parivar, Dharti Kahe Pukarke; with Sanjay Khan, she had a hit in Beti.
After a small role in Manoj Kumar's Shor (1972), Nanda did few more films such as Chhalia (1973), Naya Nasha (1974),which flopped and she then stopped. In 1982, she came back with three successful films, all coincidentally playing heroine Padmini Kolhapure's mother in Ahista Ahista, Mazdoor and Raj Kapoor's Prem Rog. Then she permanently retired from acting.
Nanda (first from left) with Waheeda Rehman, Helen, and Sadhana in 2010
She has been close friends with actress Waheeda Rehman, ever since they co-starred in Kaala Bazaar. In 1965, when she was filming Jab Jab Phool Khile, director Suraj Prakash recalled that a very handsome Maharashtrian lieutenant colonel was smitten by Nanda and had asked him to forward his marriage proposal to her mother. In the end, nothing came of it. Nanda's brothers also brought home many suitors for her, but she turned them down.
In 1992, a middle-age Nanda became engaged to director Manmohan Desai at the urging of her best friend Waheeda Rehman. But he accidentally died after falling from the terrace of his rented flat in Girgaon, just a year after her mother died of cancer. According to reports , the railing he was leaning on collapsed . Nanda has remained unmarried.
Today, Nanda lives in her residence in Mumbai interacting only with family and close friends, such as Waheeda Rehman, Asha Parekh, Helen, Saira Banu. After a long time she made a public appearance with Rehman for a screening of the Marathi film Natarang (2010).
Sangeetha was born in Chennai, India to Arvind and Bhanumathy. Her grandfather, K. R. Balan, is a prominent film producer, who had produced more than 20 Tamil films. Also her father had produced several films. She has two brothers. Sangeetha is a Bharatanatyam dancer as she had learned Bharatanatyam during her school days. She studied in St. John's, Besant Nagar where she was unanimously elected as the head girl of her school.
She started her acting career in late 90's, pairing with Telugu comedian Ali and she performed primarily in low-budget films until her role in Telugu movie Khadgam, alongside Ravi Teja in 2002. Later she acted with Vikram, Surya Sivakumar and Laila in the National Award winning Pithamagan. Later, she appeared in the moderate hit Uyir as a possessive woman wanting her brother in law.
She currently acted opposite Madhavan, in Evano Oruvan, produced by Abbas Burmawalla and Mustan Burmawalla. She also played a minuscule role in Kaalai. Her last film in Tamil before marriage was Dhanam which won her lots of rave reviews.
She is a judge on Vijay TV's hit show Jodi No.1. She was one of the three judges along with Silambarasan and Sundaram in Jodi No.1 Season Two and with S.J.Suryaah and Sundaram in Jodi No.1 and with Jeeva and Aishwarya Dhanush in Jodi No.1 Season Three.
She was a guest judge during the finals of Vasantham Central's Indian dance competition "Dhool" held in Singapore on 2008.
She got married to film playback singer Krish on 1 February 2009 at the Arunachaleshwarar Temple in Thiruvannamalai., which was attended by several noted film personalities. In 2012, their first daughter was born.
Bhanurekha Ganesan (born 10 October 1954), better known by her stage name Rekha, is an Indian actress who has mainly appeared in Hindi films. Noted for her versatility and acknowledged as one of the finest actresses in Hindi cinema, Rekha started her career in 1966 as a child actress in the Telugu movie Rangula Ratnam, though her film debut as a lead happened four years later with Sawan Bhadon (1970). Despite the success of several of her early films, she was often panned for her looks and it was not until the mid-to-late 1970s that she got recognition as an actress. Since the late 1970s, after undertaking a physical transformation, she has been featured as a sex symbol in the Indian media.
Rekha has acted in over 180 films in a career spanning over 40 years. Throughout her career, she has often played strong female characters and, apart from mainstream cinema, appeared in arthouse films, known in India as parallel cinema. She has won three Filmfare Awards, two for Best Actress and one for Best Supporting Actress, for her roles in Khubsoorat (1980), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) and Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996), respectively. Her portrayal of a classical courtesan in Umrao Jaan (1981) won her the National Film Award for Best Actress. Though her career has gone through certain periods of decline, she has reinvented herself numerous times and has been credited for her ability to sustain her status.In 2010, she was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India