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Overview (2)

Born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India [now Punjab, Pakistan]
Died in Bombay, Maharashtra, India

Mini Bio (1)

Balraj Sahni was born on May 1, 1913 in Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India [now Punjab, Pakistan]. He was an actor and writer, known for Gamble (1951), Kabuliwala (1961) and Bhabhi (1957). He was previously married to Santosh Chandhok and Damayanti Sahni. He died on April 13, 1973 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.

Family (1)

Spouse Santosh Chandhok (1949 - 13 April 1973)  (his death)
Damayanti Sahni (? - 1947)  (her death)  (2 children)

Trivia (17)

Father of actor Parikshit Sahni.
Brother of writer and actor Bhisham Sahni.
Grand uncle to journalist Malavika Sangghvi . Malavika's maternal grandmother was Balraj's elder sister. Malavika's mother Usha Khanna (Not the music director) opened a famous restaurant in Bombay called Samovar. This restaurant was visited by all film stars over the years. Usha was married to director Rajbans Khanna. Usha's children are Deveika Bhojwani ( a Mumbai theatre actress and socialite) .She is married to Suresh Bhojwani. Their son Karan Bhojwani was once engaged to Lisa Haydon. Usha has a son named Siddharth Khanna. He is based in Dubai.
Great grandfather of director Niharika Sahni. Niharika is the granddaughter of Parikshit Sahni.
Uncle to famous professor Varun Sahni ( Bhisham's son).
Daughter named Sanovar from second wife Santosh.
Daughter Sanovar (Sanobar) is a alumnus of the Tata institute of social service's. Her work with prisoners has won acclaim.
Honored with 'Padma Shri' by Govt. of India.
Did script writing for Guru Dutt's film 'Baazi' starring Dev Anand & Geeta Bali.
He was extremely well-read and politically conscious person.
Acted in many plays of IPTA.
He was younger brother of noted writer & film-maker, Bhishm Sahani.
A gifted writer who wrote 'Mera Pakistani Safar' & 'Mera Rusi Safarnama', which earned him the 'Soviet Land Nehru Award' in 1969. Also contributed many poems and short stories in magazines and also penned his autobiography 'Meri Filmi Aatmakatha'.
His film 'Do Bigha Zameen' became only the second Indian film to win an International Award at Cannes Film Festival in 1953.
Besides, it's a great coincidence that he was born on 1st May - a Labour Day - and he truly happened to work for the betterment of laborers through out his life.
Father of noted actor Parikshit Sahani.
A firm believer in No-realism in cinema.

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