Mala Sinha

Mala Sinha is popular Indian actress of the sixties and early seventies. She married C.P. Lohani and has a daughter Pratibha Sinha, an aspiring actress of Bollywood. She was born on 11th November 1936 at Kolkata, West Bengal.
In 1952, she was given a break by Ardhendu Bose, a notable Bengali film director in the film Roshanara (1952). She acted in a couple of Bengali films in Calcutta. She went to Bombay to shoot for a Bengali film, where she met the eminent Bollywood playback singer Geeta Dutt. Impressed by her Geeta introduced her to film director Kidar Sharma, who casted Mala Sinha as the heroine of his film Rangeen Ratein.

In 1957, Mala Sinha was casted by Guru Dutt in the film Pyaasa. She played a memorable role of a woman who marries a rich man instead of a poor unsuccessful poet. The film Pyaasa is a classic in the history of Indian cinema. Mala Sinha's career took a huge leap as she signed three films with star actor Raj Kapoor: Parvarish (1958), Phir Subah Hogi (1958) and Main Nashe Mein Hoon (1959). Some of her unforgettable performances are Dhool Ka Phool (1959), Hariyali Aur Raasta (1962), Anpadh (1962), Gumrah (1963), Bahurani (1963), Jahan Ara (1964), Himalay Ki God Mein (1965), Aasra (1966) Aankhen (1967), Do Kaliyan (1968). She mostly preferred roles, which portrayed her as a strong women.

In 1966, while acting in the Nepali film "Maitighar", Mala Sinha fell in love with the hero of the film C.P. Lohani and married him. In the film Maryada, she did a double role and was starred opposite Rajesh and Raaj Kumar in the film. The film Phir Subah Hogi was based on Fyodor Dostoyevski's Crime And Punishment, Mala Sinha astonished everybody with her exquisite performance.

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Last Updated on : January 31, 2014