Screen Legends

  • Screen Legends - Nanda Part 1
  • Episode 061
  • 20m : 49s

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Whenever one talks of goody-goody and innocent heroines, the first name that comes to our minds is that of Nanda who ruled the 1960s with her simple charm, subtle acting and practically no starry tantrums. Nanda was one of the 7 children of Master Vinayak, a popular actor-director of 1930s and 40s. She made her debut at the age of five as ‘Baby Nanda’ under her father’s direction. Vinayak’s premature death forced Nanda to work in films from childhood with film studios replacing her school classrooms. From ‘Baby Nanda’, she graduated to playing sister’s roles with V. Shantaram’s ‘Toofan Aur Deeya’. Her hard work and sincerity paid off when she bagged the heroine’s role in B.R.Chopra’s ‘Kanoon’ and Dev Anand’s ‘Hum Dono’. Shashi Kapoor acknowledges Nanda as one of his mentors who willingly signed half a dozen films with him when other heroines were reluctant to work with him. The pair tasted super success with ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’, the film that inspired ‘Raja Hindustani’ almost 3 decades later. SCREEN LEGENDS Nanda Part 1 pays a tribute to Bollywood’s innocent and simple heroine who made a permanent place for herself in the history of Indian Cinema.