Film Actress - Sadhana Shivdasani - Fashion Icon -
Sadhana Shivdasani, One of the most famous heroin of the
60's & 70's from the bollywood , shares the birth place
with legendary sindhi politician Shri L. K. Advani as
both were born in Karachi Sindh presently in Pakistan,
the city which was also birth place of legendry Popati
Hiranandani. Sadhana was born on 2 September 1941. Till
the partition in 1947 she doesn't went to school as
being the only child of her parents , parents were keen
to look after her as the centre of their life.
atmosphere in the Shivdasani family was conducive for
the films. Some one might be surprised to know that the
name Sadhana was given to her as his father's favorite
heroin was Sadhana Bose. During the riot of partitions
family shifted to Mumbai, Where the formal education of
Sadhana was started.
During the college days, some body from the unit of
India's First Sindhi Film "Abana" saw her at one of the
play of college and the fifteen years young girl was
offered the role of younger sister of the heroin with a
remuneration of 1 lakh rupees and in this way she
entered in world of her dreams.
In the 1960 she was introduced to Hilndi Film Industry
by the famous producer Subodh Mukherjee in his film "
Love In Simla" as the heroin of his son Joy Mukherjee.
During the making of the film she falls in love with R.
K. Nayyar - the 22 year young director of the film but
as she was minor and her parents were not liking Nayyaer
so the relation was broken. In fact it was R. K. Nayyar
who had given her the special hair style, which even
today is being known as the Sadhana - cut. The box
office collections of the film "Love in simla" were so
tremendous that Sadhana become a star. After that she
acted in many films.
The trend of Chudidar Paijama,
Kameez and Odani was set by her from the all time
classic film "WAQT" in the 1965, during these days Raj
Kapoor reintroduce her with R. K. Nayyar and both of
them, this time not allowed any body to make efforts to
separate them and married in 1966.
Beside becoming the fashion icon for young Indian girls
with her specific hair style, still known as Sadhana
cut, she become famous as Mystery Girl with her three
suspense thriller films namely "Woh Kaun Thi" , "Mera
Saaya"  and "Anita" . In the year 1965 she
was nominated for prestigious Film Fare Award for film "Waqt".
Sadhana worked in Hindi films up to 1974 and during this
period she acted in about 33 films, out of these almost
20 were the super hits.
She worked almost all the
leading hero's and directors of her time but Raj Khosala
was one director with whom she has done successful films
like " Woh Kaun Thi" , "Mera Saya" and "Anita", During
her one of the interview she told about Raj Khosala" Our
Tuning with each other is such that we feel comfortable
working together, He knows my strengths and weaknesses
better than any other director." Her last film was "Geeta
Mera Naam" in which she performed a double role.
Some the successful films of her are :
1960 LOVE IN SIMLA Debut Film of Sadhana Joy Mukherjee &
R. K. Nayyar [Director]
1961 HUM DONO [Dev Anand, Sadhana, Nanda ] - 1962 ASLI
NAQLI [Dev Anand, Sadhana, Leela Chitnis] - 1962 EK
MUSAFIR EK HASINA [Sadhana, Joy Mukherjee] - 1963 MERE
MEHBOOB [Rajendra Kumar, Sadhana, Ameeta] - 1964 DULHA
DULHAN [Raj Kapoor, Sadhana] - 1964 RAJKUMAR [Shammi
Kapoor, Sadhana] - 1964 WOH KOUN THI [Manoj Kumar,
Sadhana, Prem Chopra] - 1965 WAQT [Raj Kumar, Sunil Dutt,
Sadhana] - 1966 GABAN [Sunil Dutt, Sadhana] - 1966 MERA
SAAYA [Sunil Dutt, Sadhana] - 1967 ANITA [Manoj Kumar,
Sadhana] - 1969 EK PHOOL DO MALI [Sadhana, Sanjay,
Balraj Sahni] - 1969 INTEQAM [Ashok Kumar, Sadhana,
Dharmendra ] - 1970 ISHQ PAR ZOR NAHIN [Sadhana,
Dharmendra, Biswajeet] - 1971 AAP AAYE BAHAAR AAYI [Rajendra
Kumar, Sadhana] - 1972 DIL DAULAT DUNIYA [Sadhana, Ashok
Kumar, Rajesh Khanna] - 1974 CHHOTE SARKAR [Shammi
Kapoor (double role), Sadhana].