Sadhana passes away…

Veteran actress Sadhana Shivdasani, known for films like “Mera Saaya”, “Wo Kaun Thi” died today in Mumbai after a brief illness. She was 74.

Sadhana, who is credited for introducing the fringe hairstyle popularly known as “Sadhana cut”died at a private hospital in Mumbai, 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.

Politician Shaina N C, a family friend, confirmed the news and told IANS on December 25: “Sadhana breathed her last at her home this morning.”

The late actresses’ friends from the industry revealed that the Love in Simla actress was not keeping well for a long time.

To bid a final farewell, visitors like actresses Waheeda Rehman and Helen started arriving at her home in Mumbai.

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”.

She debuted in the 1959 film “Love in Simla” which became a big hit.

Her hairstyle, a fringe across the forehead, became popular at the time as the “Sadhana cut”.


23 Responses to “Sadhana passes away…”

  1. She was part of some of the most melodious songs. Mere Mehboob, Woh Kaun thi, Mera Saaya, Ek Phool Do Maali, Arzoo.
    A very pretty actress who also had her own style statements. She will always remain a pretty woman singing haunting melodious in our hearts.


  2. Really so sad to hear this. Of all the stars of the sixties, she was the most luminous.

    So many wonderful songs:


  3. Veteran Hindi film actor Sadhana died on Friday after a long battle with cancer in Mumbai, a family friend said.

    She was 74 and is survived by her foster daughter.

    “Sadhana breathed her last at her home this morning,” the friend and BJP city spokesperson Shaina N.C. said.

    Film fraternity pays tribute

    Filmmaker Karan Johar has paid homage to late veteran actor and says her legacy of “beauty, poise and grace will live on forever”.

    Karan, who is related to her, took to Twitter to pay homage to the actress.

    “RIP Sadhana aunty…Your legacy of beauty,poise and utmost grace…will live on forever,” he tweeted.

    Anushka Sharma also paid her respect. “Lag jaa gale ki phir ye haseen raat ho na ho ….. RIP Sadhna,” the actor tweeted.


  4. Interestingly, while Sadhana’s endearing smile was considered an asset for her romantic roles, it also served another purpose. For some filmmakers, her smile held the mystery that was ideal for her to be cast in mystery thrillers. Her double role in mystery film, ‘Mera Saaya’, where she played two sisters, one homely and another a restless wayward character, turned out to be the highlight of her career. Her feisty dance performance on ‘Jhumka gira re’, is still one of the most memorable things about the actress’ career.

    Shubha Shetty-Saha is the Group Entertainment Editor at mid-day and Dainik Jagran Group
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  5. Very sad.
    RIP Sadhana.

    Her earlier films had beautiful songs especially Ek Musafir Ek Haseena, Mere Mehboob and her first film Love In Simla. Bimal Roy’s Parakh has a couple of lovely songs. This one is so melodious. The flute in the beginning is absolutely exquisite.


  6. Mere Mehboob.


  7. And with a handsome Shammi Kapoor in Raj Kumar.


  8. Thanks oldgold and salim for posting those lovely songs.


    • Glad you enjoyed them. I came here to post some more 😀

      There are so many beautiful songs.
      This one with Dev Anand from asli Naqli.


  9. Prem Patra directed by Bimal Roy.


  10. And her very first film Love in Simla.


  11. tonymontana Says:

    Of glory undefined.. Sadhna was the epitome of grace and charm during the golden age.

    God bless her soul


  12. Sadhana was one of the loveliest and most graceful of them all. An era passes on.


  13. she was theee best… there was once ” a sadhana cut ” hair syles…


  14. rip, sadhana. truly one of a kind. she had a greta garboesque je ne sais qua and mysteriousness about her.


  15. RIP Sadhana Ji. She’ll live forever in our hearts for her contribution to Hindi Cinema and being part of so many mellifluous songs. Her legacy is invaluable and peerless.


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