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Birthday Special: Some unknown facts about veteran actress ‘Mala Sinha’

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New Delhi, Nov 11: Mala Sinha was a heartthrob of Indian men during the era of sixties. Bollywood queen who ruled the film industry for five decades, is celebrating her 81st birthday today.

She was born on November 11th, 1936. The charm that she had over her fans during that time is incomparable and her fans can still feel that charisma.

Birthday Special: unknown facts about legendary actress Mala Sinha

She was a phenomenal actress. The twinkle in her eyes used to keep teenagers awake throughout the night. She’s starred in more than a hundred films in Hindi and Bengali besides one in Nepali.  Her popular hindi movies include Pyaasa (1957), Anpadh, Dil Tera Deewana (both 1962), Gumrah (1963), Himalaya Ki God Mein (1965), Aankhen (1968), Maryada and Babu.

Those were the days when women used to go to cinema theatres carrying handkerchiefs with them, and used to weep when they saw their favourite heroines enduring hardships on the silver screen. Mala Sinha was one of those heroines.

Birthday Special: unknown facts about legendary actress Mala Sinha

As the legendary actress has turned a year older, let’s take a look at her some unknown facts: 

1. Mala Sinha was born into a Nepalese Christian family and named Alda. During her school days the actress was teased by her friends and was called as Dalda. Frustrated Mala changed her name to Mala.

2. Mala had a beautiful vocal. She sang for All India Radio but never took it as a career in Bollywood.

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3. She was of the very few versatile actresses who took the maximum career risks by accepting unconventional roles. Lai Batti, Nausherwan-E-Adil and Phir Subah Hogi are few of her unconventional films.

4. Mala Sinha worked as a child artist in Bengali films Jai Vaishno Devi, Shri Krishan Leela, Jog Biyog and Dhooli. Her major role as an adult was in Bengali film Roshanara in 1952.

5. She was very afraid of her father. She used to come home after shooting in simple traditional attire and used to cook food by herself.

6. Her best performance till date remains her role in Pyaasa. The role was initially offered to the beautiful Madhubala but was later bagged by Mala Sinha, and it was a turning point for her career.

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7. Mala Sinha paired up with many newcomers of her era like Manoj Kumar, Dharmendra, Rajesh Khanna, Sunil Dutt, Sanjay Khan, Jeetendra and Amitabh Bachchan. She even got the first credits in many of her films.

8. The king of romance Yash Chopra made his Directorial Debut with the flick ‘Dhool Ka Phool’ and offered Mala the lead role. The flick was a hit and there was no looking back for the lady.

9. Mala Sinha acted in only one Nepali film Maitighar and later married her co-actor Chidambar Prasad Lohani in 1966. They were in a long-distance marriage as Lohani lived in Kathmandu while she worked in Mumbai.

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10. Her beautiful daughter, Pratibha, tried her luck as an actress but could not repeat her mother’s success.

11. The actress was nominated several times for the best actress at numerous Award ceremonies, but Mala never won a single Filmfare award throughout her career. But in 2007, Star screen honoured her with the Lifetime Achievement award.

On her special day, we would like to wish her a very happy birthday and thank her for entertaining everyone with her phenomenal acting skills.

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India stunned by Sridevi’s death, body expected to reach Mumbai this evening

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Mumbai, Feb 25: Veteran actress Sridevi, 54, passed away in Dubai, plunging the entire country into a pall of gloom as her fans and admirers expressed shock and disbelief.

The actress breathed her last on Saturday night at around 11 p.m. She was rushed to the nearby Rashid Hospital but pronounced dead on admission.

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Her body is expected to be flown to Mumbai via a special chartered flight on Sunday evening for the last rites but the timings were not confirmed yet, according to official sources.

Sridevi was in Dubai to attend the marriage function of actress Sonam Kapoor’s cousin Mohit Marwah, along with husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi.

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She exuded elegance in her appearances — photos and videos that were now being shared on social media as her “last”.

Confirming the news of her death, Sridevi’s brother-in-law and actor Sanjay Kapoor, told IANS: “Yes, it is true.”

The Indian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Indian Consulate in Dubai were assisting the family to expedite the process to bringing her body to India as soon as possible.

The actress is remembered for her performance is some of the iconic Bollywood films like “Mr. India”, “Nagina”, “Sadma”, “ChalBaaz”, “Chandni”, “Khuda Gawah”, among many others in different Indian languages.

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The Padma Shri recipient, who made a comeback to Bollywood in 2012 with “English Vinglish” after a long break of 15 years, was last seen in “Mom” in 2017.

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Apparently having a premonition, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi’s co-star in half a dozen films, including “Khuda Gawah” had tweeted at 1.15 am on Sunday: “I don’t know, but I feel a strange sense of unease.”

The untimely death of the veteran actress has left the country shocked. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned her demise.

“Shocked to hear of passing of movie star Sridevi. She has left millions of fans heartbroken,” Kovind tweeted.

Modi also took to Twitter, saying: “Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances.”

Southern movie stars and politicians Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan also expressed disbelief.

“I’m shocked and very disturbed. I’ve lost a dear friend and the industry has lost a true legend. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I feel the pain with them. Sridevi, you will be missed,” tweeted Rajinikanth, who featured with her in the memorable “ChaalBaaz”.

Kamal Haasan, her co-star from “Sadma” — one of her most evocative performances — said: “Have witnessed Sridevi’s life from an adolescent teenager to the magnificent lady she became. Her stardom was well deserved. Many happy moments with her flash through my mind including the last time I met her. Sadma’s lullaby haunts me now. We’ll miss her.”

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who has sung for Sridevi in 20 films including “Chaand Kaa Tukdaa”, “Khuda Gawah”, “Lamhe”, “Chandni”, “Nazrana” and “Himmatwala”, had no words to express her shock.

“Yakeen nahi ho raha ki itni choti umar mein Sridevi chali gayi. Kya kahun kuch samajh mein nahi aa raha hai. Boney Kapoor aur unki do betiyon ke dukh mein main shamil hun. (I can’t believe that Sridevi died so early, she was too young. I don’t know what to say. Condolences to Boney Kapoor and the daughters),” she tweeted.

Her “Mom” co-star Nawazuddin Siddiqui wrote: “It’s a heartbreaking news, can’t even imagine in the worst of my dreams – World losses the best performer.”

Superstar Aamir Khan was “saddened by the untimely and tragic passing away of Srideviji”. He said he has “always been an admirer of the grace and dignity with which she conducted herself”.

While veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt was “jolted” by the news of her sudden death, Sunny Deol, who has worked with her in films like “Sultanat”, “ChaalBaaz” and “Ram-Avtar”, said he is “going to miss her”.

Showbiz queen Ekta Kapoor tweeted: “The strongest women have the weakest hearts sometimes.”

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur said “with Sridevi gone an era is over”.

“Like life turning a new chapter. A beautiful story just ended. An amazing spirit just vanished leaving us with amazing love, memories, and incredible grief,” he tweeted.

Nimrat Kaur tweeted: “Absolutely devastated to hear about the passing of #Sridevi. What a dark black terrible moment in time. Gutted.”

“I just heard Ma’am Sridevi passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest. I am in shock…can’t stop crying…” Sushmita Sen tweeted.

Priyanka Chopra said: “I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved #Sridevi . A dark day. RIP.”

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Did Amitabh Bachchan have a premonition about Sridevi’s death?

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New Delhi, Feb 25: The entire India woke up to shocking news as the legendary Bollywood actress, Sridevi, passed away in Dubai after a cardiac arrest late on Saturday night. The 54-year-old actress, who was in Dubai to attend Mohit Marwah’s wedding, was with husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi.

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Even as everyone was finding it difficult to come to terms with the news, Sridevi’s Khuda Gawah co-star Amitabh Bachchan seems to have had a premonition of the tragedy.

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Hours before the news of Sridevi’s death broke, Big B had tweeted, “Na jaane kyun, ek ajeeb si ghabrahat ho rahi hai (I don’t know why, but I feel a strange kind of anxiety).” Twitteratti has connected the two and believes that Amitabh Bachchan has some kind of “sixth sense”.

Here’s how people on social media reacted to his tweet.

Twitterati couldn’t help but react in shock as they came across the megastar’s tweet. While some called it “weirdly correct tweet”, some termed it as “extreme premonition”, tweeting “some things are still beyond all scientific explanations”.

Sridevi has known for her performance is some of the iconic films like “Mr India”, “Nagina”, “Sadma”, “Chaalbaaz”, “Chandni” among many others. The Padma Shri recipient was last seen in “Mom” in 2017.

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Sridevi’s demise: Tendulkar, Sindhu & sports fraternity in shock, offers condolences

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New Delhi, Feb 25: The entire India woke up to shocking news as the legendary Bollywood actress, Sridevi, passed away in Dubai after a cardiac arrest late on Saturday night. The 54-year-old actress, who was in Dubai to attend Mohit Marwah’s wedding, was with husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi.

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Her sudden passing away has sent shockwaves and condolences have been a plenty even from those who are not a part of the movie business. The members of the sports circle have offered condolences.

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar expressed shock on the actress’s sudden death.

“I have no words to express how I feel. We have grown up seeing her. It is difficult to digest that she is not with us. My heartiest condolences to her family,” Tendulkar told news agency ANI.

Meanwhile, Union Minister and former professional shooter  Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore took to Twitter to express grief over her demise and said he was shocked to hear about the actor’s death.

“Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Sridevi ji, a legend of Indian Cinema. May god give peace to her soul & strength to family, friends and fans. ? ?????,” said Rathore.

Veteran cricketer and commentator Harsha Bhogle took to Twitter and said, “Oh, no! In her own way, she lit up the screen. Such a star! No age to go. Sridevi.”

Ace Badminton player P. V. Sindhu also took to Twitter to mourn her demise. “Such sad and shocking news. My condolences to the family RIP Sridevi,” she added.

Legendary cricketer Virender Sehwag sent his condolences to the family of the actress. “Shocked to hear about the demise of #Sridevi ji. Heartfelt Condolences to the family. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

Sridevi has known for her performance is some of the iconic films like “Mr India”, “Nagina”, “Sadma”, “Chaalbaaz”, “Chandni” among many others. The Padma Shri recipient was last seen in “Mom” in 2017.

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