Nanda Biography



Nanda (1939 – March 25, 2014) was an Indian film actress who appeared in Hindi and Marathi films.

Nanda was born in a Maharashtrian show-business family to Vinayak Damodar Karnataki (Master Vinayak), a successful Marathi actor-director. Her father died when Nanda was a child. The family faced hard times.

She became a child artiste and helped them by working in films like Jaggu in the early 1950s. She was tutored at home by renowned schoolteacher and Bombay Scouts commissioner, Gokuldas V. Makhi. Her brother is Marathi film director Jaiprakash Karnataki and Jayashree Talpade is her sister-in-law.

She has been close friends with actress Waheeda Rehman, ever since they co-starred in Kaala Bazaar. In 1965, when she was filming Jab Jab Phool Khile, director Suraj Prakash recalled that a very handsome Maharashtrian lieutenant colonel was smitten by Nanda and had asked him to forward his marriage proposal to her mother. In the end, nothing came of it. Nanda's brothers also brought home many suitors for her, but she turned them down.

In 1992, a middle-age Nanda became engaged to director Manmohan Desai at the urging of Rehman. But he died after falling from the terrace of his rented flat in Girgaon, just a year after her mother died of cancer. According to reports, the railing he was leaning on collapsed. Nanda has remained unmarried.

Nanda lived in her residence in Mumbai interacting only with family and close friends, such as Waheeda Rehman, Asha Parekh, Helen, Saira Banu. After a long time she made a public appearance with Waheeda Rehman for a screening of the Marathi film Natarang (2010). She died in Mumbai on 25th March 2014 following a heart attack at her Versova Residence.

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