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An unexpected sultry siren

Nadira is known to most cinegoers as the rather strict lady with a no nonsense demeanour about her- a disciplinarian from her looks, especially from the roles in the last 25 years or so of her long career. She acted over six decades from her debut at the age of 12 in Mauj to her last role in Josh in the millennial year. Born to a Jewish family, she was named Florence Ezekiel, her family moved to India (despite there being no CAA then) and she stayed here all her life. Her brothers migrated later to the Unites States. In the early part of her career , thanks to her bold role in Aan by Mehboob Khan, that of a Rajput Princess, she played a lot of roles of vamps and temptresses.

My first exposure to this actress was in Shree 420, as Maya. Her slender, well preserved figure ( I don’t remember ever seeing her even plump, forget about being fat) and fine chiselled features made her a natural for wearing western outfits and acting roles of Anglo- Indians or Christian characters. This is a great composition by Shankar Jaikishan that has me moving every time I hear it. a great duet between Asha Bhosle and Manna Dey, very lively lyrics by Shailendra.

A wonderful movie with Raj Kapoor and Nargis from the mid 50s. This was the largest grosser of the year and a great hit in India and abroad (especially in Eastern Europe and The USSR)

The song is also notable as this is actually the song that marks the film debut for the immortal and ooh-so-lovely Sadhana. Nadira picked up her Filmfare, very late in her acting career, for Julie.

A wonderful song with Asha Bhosle at her sonorous best. Manna Dey was an amazing singer, his voice didn’t change perceptibly in the six or seven decades that he sang in Bollywood movies.

Have a great day ahead, folks, stay safe, stay healthy away from the Virus from the malicious evil empire that is actually an act of bio terror on the entire humankind. Take the jab when available.

By abchandorkar

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Pune, India

6 replies on “An unexpected sultry siren”

Lovely share of an iconic song we see Jaikishan too in the crowd, some how I failed to see Sadhana in it although heard so many times she was in it..👍

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