it her fringe-cut or tight churidar kurtas, Sadhana was the
trend setter and the glamour doll of the film industry. Sadhana
was the perfect blend of innocence, beauty and style. She was
a very talented actress and the most expressive part of her
body were her beautiful expressive eyes which used to do all
was born in 1941, in Karachi, and named after her father's favourite
Bengali actress Sadhana Bose. She made her debut playing Sheila
Ramani's sister in the first ever Sindhi film Abana (1958).
S.Mukherjee cast her opposite son Joy in Love in Simla (1960)
and with its success, Sadhana became a star overnight.
Roy's Parakh (1960) was her next film where she was cast as
a simple girl without her trademark fringe. Sadhana responded
with perhaps the best performance of her career. She followed
this with Hum Dono (1961) and Asli Naqli (1962) both opposite
Dev Anand, Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (1962) again opposite Joy Mukherjee,
Man Mauji (1962) with Kishore Kumar and then perhaps her most
remembered film Mere Mehboob (1963) opposite Rajendra Kumar.
It was her first film in colour and she looked fabulous.
was then seen in a series of films that set the box office on
fire - Rajkumar (1964), Woh Kaun Thi (1964), Waqt (1965), Mera
Saaya (1966), Arzoo (1966) making her the most saleable heroine
of the 60s. She delivered almost 19 silver jubilee hits out
of 28 films she acted in. She married her Love in Simla Director
R.K. Nayyar the same year (1966).
her flair for style, she became popular as a youth icon. Her
fringe haircut in Hum Dono became the hottest hairstyle for
young women and the Muslim-style tight churidar-kurtas she wore
in Waqt too became a rage that lasted quite a few years.
Thyroid struck Sadhana, and she lost her empire in no time.
She was replaced from major movies like Around the World (1967)
with Raj Kapoor and Sangharsh (1968) with Dilip Kumar. However
she made a comeback after her medical treatment in Boston and
even managed successful movies like Inteqam (1969) and Ek Phool
Do Maali (1969) both with Sanjay Khan. After an astounding comeback,
Sadhana retired from the lights gracefully.