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Adieu Sadhanaji

26 December 2015 2:50 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Sadhana Shivdasani, or Sadhana, as she was famously known in Hindi cinema, passed away quietly on Friday Christmas day December 25 at the Hinduja hospital in Mumbai. She lived and died a recluse. Luckily, she had a nephew with her when she passed away. I remember the one time that I managed to interview her. She was reluctant to talk and after a few questions quickly excused herself saying she had to rush to the bank. Sadhana was the ultimate enigma. No wonder, director Raj Khosla repeatedly cast her as the mystery woman in Woh Kaun Thi, Mera Saaya and Anita. In the late 1950s and throughout 1960s, Sadhana excelled in roles that required a naturalistic approach. This, at a time when Indian mainstream cinema required exaggerated drama. Says Sanjay Leela Bhansali, "Sadhanji preferred mellow drama to melodrama. Her performance in films like Bimal Roy's Parakh, Dev Anand's »

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