Veteran actress, the graceful Mala Sinha, who ruled the hearts of film buffs in the early 50s and 60s till late 70s, turns 81 years today.
Mala Sinha precedes the Hindi film actresses who were born in distant shores but ruled millions of hearts in India. She combined talent with glamour and impishness, which soon became her trademark.
Mala Sinha earned the title for taking on roles her contemporaries back then never touched. She was ahead of her time and it reflected in her choice of films and their box office collections which ruled the roost right up to 1974.
After making a humble debut with Roshanara (1952), she soon made her mark in the Hindi film industry with her performance-driven roles in ‘Pyaasa’ (1957), Phir Subah Hogi’(1958), Dhool Ka Phool (1959), Hariyali Aur Raasta (1962), Anpadh (1962), Gumrah (1963), Bahurani (1963), Himalay Ki God Mein (1965), and Aankhen (1967). She mostly essayed roles in strong women-oriented films. In spite of putting up commendable performances, she has never won the Filmfare award for any of her roles.
She has also been a heroine in Nepali and Bengali films. She currently lives in Bombay with her husband C.P.Lohani and daughter Pratibha.