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Birth NameSulakshana Pratapnarayan Pandit
Nickname Sulu

Mini Bio (1)

Sulakshana was born on July 10th in the Pandit family, which consisted of her uncle, Jasraj, a classical musician who was the winner of the much coveted 'Padma Shree' Award in India. She has three brothers and three sisters. Two of her brothers are Jatin and Lalit - Bollywood music composers, while one of her sisters' is Vijayata Pandit, an actress/singer in her own right. Vijayata is the wife of Composer, Aadesh Srivastav.

Things were anything but easy for Sulakshana, the eldest of all the siblings, especially when her father left, making her the bread-winner for the entire family. She began her career in Bollywood as a playback singer in 1967. Since then she has acted in over 20 & sung in over 21 movies, in a career that spanned from 1967 through to 1988.

Some of her more popular songs are 'Bekare Dil Tu Gaaye Ja, Khushiyon Se Bhare Woh Tarane' (Door Ka Rahi); 'Bandhi Re Kahey Preet, Piya Ke Sang, Anjaane Mein (Sankoch); "Mausam Mausam Lovely Mausam, Kasak Anjaani, Madhyam Madhyam' (Thodisi Bewafai); and the award-winning 'Tu Hi Sagar Hai Tu Hi Kinara, Dundta Hai Tu Kiska Sahara' from the 1975 flick 'Sankalp'.

She met with and fell in love with Harihar Zariwala, more popularly known as Bollywood actor Sanjeev Kumar, who was so very smitten by actress Hema Malini, that he turned her down. Heartbroken, She never married.

She fell into hard times after she stopped getting any offers, especially when she insisted on singing and acting simultaneously. She ended up living in a dilapidated flat that was unfurnished, and badly in need of repairs, so much so that she could not find a buyer for it.

In 2005 things changed for the better, when actor Jeetendra convinced his brother-in-law to buy this flat, while Vijeta and Aadesh stepped in to assist Sulakshana get back to her feet. With the sale of her flat, she was able to pay off her debts, as well as invest the left-over funds in 3 other flats - which ultimately continue to provide for her needs.

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Trivia (19)

She has acted in over 50 films with top heroes and banners and sang most of her own songs.
When her father left, she was thrust into the role of the breadwinner as an actress and playback singer, so she could take care of her mother and three brothers and three sisters.
Older sister of actress and playback singer Vijayata Pandit, and of the famous composing duo Jatin-Lalit (aka Jatin Pandit and Lalit Pandit).
Never married, she claims that the love of her life, actor Sanjeev Kumar, wouldn't marry her, because he never got over his heartbreak over actress Hema Malini.
Sulakshana couldn't find any work and struggled financially for several years. Her apartment, in need of serious repairs, couldn't find any buyers and she was forced to move in with her sister Vijayata. However, in 2005, her former leading man Jeetendra came to her rescue by convincing his brother-in-law to purchase her apartment, and she was able to use the proceeds from the sale to purchase 3 flats and pay her debts.
Her cousin is Durga Jasraj, who is an actress and a well-known television personality.
She comes from a family of musicians, as her uncle is Pandit Jasraj, a classical musician, who won the Padma Shree Award in India.
In the period 1975 to 1979 she was one of the most sought out after actress busy with maximum assignments on hand besides Hema Malini,Rekha,Neetu Singh & Reena Roy.
While recording songs for the film "Rahgir" Music Director Hemant Kumar suggested Sulakshana to take up acting as a simultaneous career alongside singing.
She currently lives with her sister Vijeyta and brother in law Musician Aadesh Srivastava at Mumbai. [October 2009]
Her sister Sandhya (Raashi) Pandit Singh acted in the film Door Ka Rahi. She passed away in 2013.
Aunt to actor Yash Pandit and his sisters singers Shraddha Pandit and Shweta Pandit. Their father Vishwaraj Pandit is Sulakshna's brother.
Cousin to actor Vinod Pandit. He was the son of her uncle Pandit Maniram.
Cousin to music arranger and composer Dinesh Pandit. He is the son of her uncle Pandit Maniram.
Brother is music arranger Mandhir Pandit, also known as Vishwaraj Pandit.
Cousin is music composer Sharaang Dev. Sharaang Dev' s father Pandit Jasraj and Sulakshana's father are brothers.
A animated picture was used of Sulashana Pandit and Uttam Kumar for Haruomi Hosono International album "Cochin Moon". The album cover showed a fictional Bollywood movie.This was in 1978. The album had a unique version of the song "Hum Ghar Sajan " by Bhai Ranjit Singh Chandan .
Sister named Divya (Maya) Anderson.
Step sister named Vidusha from her dad's second marriage.

Personal Quotes (1)

I asked for the mike & they gave me the mirror

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