Veteran actor Nanda passes away at 75

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Legendary actor Nanda who is best known for films like Hum Dono (1961), Teen Deviyan and Kanoon (1960), passed away on Tuesday morning, following a heart attack. She was 75.

"Yes, she passed away this morning after a heart attack at her residence," the relative confirmed to IANS.

Waheeda Rehman, who was a very good friend of Nanda, rushed to her residence as soon as she got the news, said a source close to the actress. Waheeda and Nanda had worked together in Kala Bazar.

The actor, who started as a child artiste went on to form a hit pair with actor Shashi Kapoor in many movies like Char Diwari (1961), Mohabbat Isko Kehte Hain (1965), Jab Jab Phool Khilen (1965) among others.

Her co-star veteran actor Manoj Kumar said, "It's very unfortunate. I had the privileged to have worked with her in three films. She was senior to me but she was so friendly that she never let me have any inferiority complex."

Nanda started her career in 1956 with V Shantaram's (her paternal uncle) Toofan Aur Diya.

After playing supporting roles in Bhabhi, Dev Anand's Kala Bazar, and Dhool Ka Phool, the actor rose to stardom with LV Prasad's Chhoti Bahen (1959), where she played the title role.

Her other significant films include Gumnaam, The Train (1970) and Joroo Ka Ghulam (1972).

She won Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Anchal (1960).

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 young. The family faced hard times and she had to take up acting as a child star in films such as Jaggu in the early 1950s. Her brother is Marathi film director Jaiprakash Karnataki and Jayashree Talpade is her sister-in-law.