Remembering Nalini Jaywant on her 91st birth anniversary.

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Nalini Jaywant (18 February 1926–20 December 2010) was an Indian film actress who appeared in Hindi films in the 1940s and 1950s.
In her teens, appeared in Mehboob Khan’s Bahen (1941), a film about a brother’s obsessive love for his sister. She performed in a few more movies before filming Anokha Pyaar (1948). In 1950, she garnered fame when she became a top star with her performances opposite Ashok Kumar in Samadhi and Sangram. Samadhi was a patriotic drama concerning Subhas Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army. Although the leading movie magazine of the day, Film India, called it “politically obsolete”, it enjoyed success at the box office. Sangram was a crime drama in which Nalini played the heroine reforming the anti-hero. She and Ashok Kumar performed together in other films, such as Jalpari (1952), Kafila (1952), Nau Bahar (1952), Saloni (1952), Lakeeren (1954), Naaz (1954), Mr. X (1957), Sheroo (1957) and Toofan Mein Pyar Kahan (1963).

Nalini remained an important leading actress through the mid-1950s, appearing in such films as Rahi (1953), Shikast (1953), Railway Platform (1955)), Nastik (1954), Munimji (1955), and Hum Sab Chor Hain (1956). The 1958 film, Kala Pani, directed by Raj Khosla, was Nalini’s last successful movie, for which she won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. Bombay Race Course (1965) was the last film she made, before retirement.

After 18 years, she returned as a character actress in Nastik which marked her last film appearance.

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