Mala Sinha (born 11 November 1936) is a former Bollywood actress who has worked in Hindi, Bengali and Nepali films. Recognised for her talent and beauty, she went on to become a top leading actress in Hindi Cinema in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. Sinha has starred in over a hundred film productions: popular ones include Pyaasa (1957), Anpadh (1962), Dil Tera Deewana (1962), Gumrah (1963), Himalaya Ki God Mein (1965), Aankhen (1968), Maryada (1971) and Babu.
Sinha in 2013
Born Alda Sinha
11 November 1936 (age 81)
Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
Years active 1952–1994
Spouse(s) Chidambar Prasad Lohani
Children Pratibha Sinha
Early life Edit
Mala Sinha was born into a family of Nepali origin. Her father's name was Albert Sinha and was a Nepali Christian. (Since she was born and brought up in Calcutta and Sinha is also a Bengali surname, it is wrongly assumed that her father is Bengali and mother is of Nepali origin.) Mala's initial name was Alda and her friends at school in Calcutta (now Kolkata) used to tease her by calling her Dalda (a brand of vegetable oil), so she changed her name to Baby Nazma on getting her first assignment as a child artiste. Later on, as an adult actor, she changed her name to Mala Sinha. In her childhood she learnt dancing and singing. Although she was an approved singer of All India Radio, she has never done playback singing in films. But as a singer she has done stage shows in many languages from 1947 to 1975.
Sinha started her career as child artist in Bengali films; Jai Vaishno Devi followed by Shri Krishan Leela, Jog Biyog and Dhooli. Noted Bengali director Ardhendu Bose saw her acting in a school play and took permission from her father to cast her as a heroine in his film Roshanara (1952), her cinematic debut.
After acting in a couple of films in Calcutta, Mala had to go to Bombay for a Bengali film. There she met Geeta Bali, a noted Bollywood actress, who was charmed by her and introduced her to director Kidar Sharma. Sharma cast her as a heroine in his Rangeen Rat
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