Remembering Achala Sachdev on her 97th birth anniversary.

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Achala Sachdev (3 May 1920–30 April 2012) was a film actress from Peshawar who started her career as a child actor. She later became known for mother and grandmother roles in Hindi films. Her most memorable roles were as Balraj Sahni’s wife in 1965 film Waqt and Kajol’s grandmother in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995).

Achala worked for All India Radio, Lahore before Indian partition and then at Delhi All India Radio. Achala made her film debut with Fashionable Wife (1938), and acted in over 130 Hindi films. She has acted in many Yash Raj Films, starting with Yash Chopra’s first production Daag: A Poem of Love (1973) and films like Chandni (1989) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). Her other noted films were Prem Pujari, Mera Naam Joker, Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Andaz, apart from acting in English films like the Mark Robson’s Nine Hours to Rama (1963) and Merchant Ivory’s The Householder (1963). However her most noted role remained of as Balraj Sahani’s wife in the Waqt (1965), where in the hit song Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen was picturised with her.

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