Why Actress Nanda Remained Unmarried For Lifetime

Actress Nanda was born on 8 January 1939 in Maharashtra. Nanda’s father, Vinayak Damodar Karnataki, was a successful actor and director of Marathi films. Baburao Pendharkar and Bhalji Pendharkar were Nanda’s paternal uncle and her father’s half brothers.

Nanda belonged to a film family still her life has been a roller coaster ride. Establishing herself in the film industry was not that easy as many would think.

Actress Nanda Childhood and Career

Nanda was a gorgeous and wonderful actress of her era. She started working in films at the age of just eight.

When Nanda returned from school one day, her father told her that she has to shoot for the film he was making. For this, she has to cut her hair as the character demanded (it was a boy character). Actress Nanda did not want to do the role as she loved her hair.

But later on, with the persuasion of her mother, Meenaxi, Nanda agreed. Nanda’s hair was cut short like boys for the shoot. The name of this film was ‘Mandir.’ The director of the film was Nanda’s father, but unfortunately, Nanda’s father passed away before the film was completed.

Apart from her, she had six more siblings, and the monetary condition of the family was not that good. She discontinued her studies. Though she later hired a private teacher to continue her studies at home.

The entire responsibility of the house fell on Nanda’s shoulders. Under compulsion, she decided to act in films. She made the simplicity and innocence of her face the strength of her acting. She also started working on radio and stage.

At the age of ten, Nanda became a good heroine of Marathi cinema. Nanda was awarded a special award by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the film ‘Kuldevata’ directed by Dinkar Patil.

Nanda not only worked in Marathi films but also in Gujarati films. She acted in about eight Gujarati films and also in Hindi movies as a child artist. Her screen name in childhood movies was “Baby Nanda”.

Then in 1956, in her maternal uncle V Shanta Ram’s Hindi film ‘Toofan Aur Diya‘ with Rajendra Kumar. In 1959, Nanda played the role of ‘s blind sister in the film ‘Chhoti Behen‘ with Balraj Sahani and Rehman.

The song ” Bhaiya Mere rakhi Ke Bandhan Ko Nibhana” was one of the superhit songs in the movie which even today we listen to every time Raksha Bandhan arrives.

The audience very much liked her acting and looks. Nanda had worked in hit films like ‘Jab-Jab Phool Khile,’ ‘Gumnaam‘ and ‘Prem Rog.’

She was so much liked in the sister character that her fans used to send her Rakhis on Raksha Bandhan.

Her film ‘Dhool Ka Phool‘ with Rajendra Kumar was a super hit in 1959. This film took Nanda to the heights of stardom. In the 1960s she became one of the highest-paid actresses in Hindi Cinema.

She had done the highest movies opposite Sashi Kapoor who used to call her fondly her favorite actress. Both acted in 8 movies and five movies were hit among those.

She also acted with then superstar Rajesh Khanna in “The Train” and “Joru Ka Ghulam“.

Nanda went on to do several films like ‘Naya Nasha’ (1973), ‘Asliyat’ (1974), ‘Jurm Aur Sajaa’ (1974), and ‘Prayashchit’ (1977).

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Actress Nanda Personal Life, Marriage and Death

Talking about personal life, Manmohan Desai was deeply in love with Nanda but the very shy Nanda never gave Manmohan a chance to express his love. Later Manmohan Desai married someone else. After Manmohan’s marriage, Nanda was lost in the darkness of loneliness and oblivion. Manmohan also got busy in his married life but after some time his wife passed away.

After this Manmohan again came close to Nanda. During that time Nanda was 52 years old. In 1992, 53-year-old Nanda got engaged to Manmohan. Manmohan Desai proposed to her during a dinner party arranged by Waheeda Rehman. But fate probably had something else in mind.

Nanda’s mother suffered from cancer due to which she used to stay with her and take her care of. Desai made a movie named “Anmol” which was a box office disaster. Due to the movie, he suffered heavy losses and even lost all of his money.

He even slipped into depression and started drinking heavily.

Manmohan Desai died in an accident one year after the engagement. Manmohan Desai fell from his balcony and was seriously injured. He was rushed to the hospitals where doctors declared him dead-on-arrival. The two could never be united and Nanda remained unmarried.

It is said that whenever Nanda used to go out, she used to go in a white sari or dress because she considered Manmohan Desai as her husband. Nanda was left quite alone after his death. He even stopped talking to people. Nanda, who was living the life of loneliness, said goodbye to the world in 2014.

In her last days, she only used to meet her contemporaries whom she considered as her friends. Likes of Helen, Waheeda Rehman, Sadhna, Saira Banu, Tabassum used to visit her.

At the age of 75, she died due to a massive heart attack. Her maid found her lying outside the bathroom and was rushed to the hospital. But doctors were unable to save her. She was cremated at the Oshiwara crematorium in Jogeshwari West, according to Hindu rituals.

Actress Nanda Filmography/ Movies

Year Movie Name of Actress Nanda
1952 Jaggu
1954 Angarey
1954 Bandish
1956 Toofan Aur Deeya
1956 Devghar (Marathi)
1956 Shatranj
1957 Bandi
1957 Bhabhi
1957 Agra Road
1957 Laxmi
1957 Sakshi Gopal
1958 Dulhan
1959 Barkha
1959 Zara Bachke
1959 Qaidi No. 911
1959 Chhoti Bahen
1959 Dhool Ka Phool
1959 Naya Sansar
1959 Pehli Raat
1960 Aanchal
1960 Apna Ghar
1960 Chand Mere Aja
1960 Jo Huwa So Bhool Jao
1960 Kala Bazar
1960 Kanoon
1960 Usne Kaha Tha
1961 Amar Rahe Yeh Pyar
1961 Char Diwari
1961 Hum Dono
1962 Aashiq
1962 Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath
1963 Nartakee
1963 Aaj Aur Kal
1964 Kaise Kahoon
1964 Mera Qasoor Kya Hai
1965 Akashdeep
1965 Bedaag
1965 Jab Jab Phool Khile
1965 Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain
1965 Teen Devian
1965 Gumnaam
1966 Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare
1966 Pati Patni
1967 Parivar
1968 Abhilasha
1968 Juaari
1969 Beti
1969 Dharti Kahe Pukarke
1969 Raja Saab
1969 Ittefaq
1969 Badi Didi
1970 Rootha Na Karo
1970 The Train
1971 Woh Din Yaad Karo
1971 Adhikar
1971 Ummeed
1972 Shor
1972 Parineeta
1972 Joroo Ka Ghulam
1973 Chhalia
1973 Naya Nasha
1974 Jurm Aur Sazaa
1974 Asliyat
1977 Prayashchit
1980 Qatil Kaun
1981 Ahista Ahista
1982 Prem Rog
1983 Mazdoor

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