Veteran actress Sadhana dies at 74


Veteran Indian actress Sadhana Shivdasani, known for films like “Mera Saaya”, “Wo Kaun Thi” and “Waqt”, died in Mumbai on Friday after a brief illness, reports PTI. She was 74.

Sadhana, who is credited for introducing the fringe hairstyle in Indian film industry, passed away at a private hospital here, sources said.

Her body was taken to her residence in suburban Mumbai where Bollywood personalities, including her former colleague and friend Waheeda Rehman, went to pay their last respects.

Sadhana was admitted to a suburban hospital here last year for a lesion in her mouth and underwent a surgery.

Born in 1941 in a Sindhi family, she was named after her father’s favourite actress Sadhona Bose. Her father and actor Hari Shivdasani were brothers. Hari’s daughter is actress Babita Kapoor.

Sadhana was the only child and and her mother home-schooled her until she was eight. In 1955 she played a chorus girl in the song “Mur mur ke na dekh mur mur ke” in Raj Kapoor’s “Shree 420”. She made her full-fldged film debut in the first ever Sindhi film “Abana”.

Some of her memorable films include “Love in Simla”, “Hum Dono”, “Ek Musafir Ek Hasina”, “Asli-Naqli”, “Mere Mehboob” and “Woh Kaun Thi”.

Film personalities including Lata Mangeshkar, Karan Johar, Rishi Kapoor and Anushka Sharma mourned the demise of veteran actress Sadhana, remembering the iconic songs she featured in.

Sadhana, who is credited for introducing the fringe hairstyle in the Indian film industry, passed away at a private hospital here. She was 74.

Melody Queen Mangeshkar paid tribute to the actress, to whom she has lent her voice in songs like “Mera Saaya Sath Hoga”, “Lag Jaa Gale” among others.

“I just came to know about sudden demise of my favourite actress Sadhana. I am very saddened with the news. She was a great artist. May her soul rest in peace,” she tweeted.

Expressing his grief, filmmaker Johar wrote, “RIP Sadhana aunty… Your legacy of beauty, poise and utmost grace….Will live on forever.”

Veteran actor Rishi said, “R I P Sadhana Shivdasani.”

With the opening line of one of Sadhana’s most famous songs, “NH10” actress Anushka paid tribute to her.

“Lag jaa gale ki phir ye haseen raat ho na ho … RIP Sadhna,” she wrote.

Calling her the most “graceful woman”, actress Shruti Haasan tweeted, “Sadhanaji one of the most incredible and graceful women, thank you so much for the memories and advice love you and miss you.”

Remembering her iconic hairstyle filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar wrote, ” RIP #Sadhna ji, you will always be immortalised in #IndianCinema with your song #LagJaGale on silver screen and your famous hairstyle #SadhnaCut.”

“Hum Tum” director Kunal Kohli, who posted the link of “Lag Jaa Gale”, wrote, “RIP #Sadhana Ji. One of my all time favourite songs.