Today marks the 13th death anniversary of Nadira, the very famous actress of Hindi cinema during 50’s and 60's.

Today marks the 13th death anniversary of Nadira, the very famous actress of Hindi cinema during 50’s and 60's.

The “Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh” actress Nadira (Florence Ezekiel) reigned supreme in the 1950s and 1960s and was one of the busiest actresses of her time.She played princesses and vamps, and was supposedly the first Bollywood star to be chauffeured around in a Rolls-Royce.

She is best remembered for her performance in films in the 1950s and 1960s such as Shree 420 (1955), Pakeezah (1972) and Julie (1975), which won her Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.

A Baghdadi Jew hailing from Nagpada in south Mumbai — Nadira was all of 19 when she stormed her way into Bollywood with Mehboob Khan’s “Aan” (1950) opposite the reigning tragedy king Dilip Kumar.

Her role as the villainous Maya in Raj Kapoor’s classic ‘Shree 420’ where she wooed Kapoor with the evergreen club-dance number “Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh” is etched in the minds of millions of matinee fans.

The song “Ajeeb Daastan Hai Yeh” picturised on the trio of Nadira, Rajkumar and Meena Kumari in ‘Dil Apna Preet Parayi’ is another evergreen favourite.

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