Famous film actress Nanda is passed away in Mumbai in the last week. She was also known as Baby Nanda as she was a child artist. Nanda was born in 1939. Her real name is Nandni Vinayk. Her father Vinayak Damodar Karnataki (Master Vinayak) was a famous actor director of Marathi films. Mr. Vinayak died when Nanda was still a child. To support her family Nanda joined the film industry. Nanda’s brother Jaiprakash Krantki is a Marathi film director.
Nanda appeared in more than 70 films. V. Shantaram, a noted personality of Bollywood, was parental uncle of Nanda gave her big break in Diya Aur Toofan. Hum Dono, Dhool Ka Phool, Jab Jab Phole Khiley, Itfaque, Joru Ka Gulam, Teen Deviyan and Bhabhi are some the hit films of Nanda. Nanda stopped acting in 1974 after some flops. She came back in 1981 with Ahista Ahista and than appeared one more film Prem Rog. She played role Padmini Kolhapri’s mother in both movies.
Nanda encouraged newcomers. Shashi Kapoor had 5 flops between 1961 and 1965. Besides it Nanda signed 8 movies with his and Jab Jab Phool Khiley proved a big block buster film. Nanda also signed film with newcomer Rajesh Khanna.
Nanda did not marry. Nanda’s brother suggested some Mr. Rights for her but she always rejected them. Nanda was engaged to famous director Manmohan Desai. But before marriage Desai died after falling from terrace of his flat. It was a rumor that Manmohan Desai committed suicide because he was fade up with his back ache. She remained unmarried.
Waheeda Rehman, Asha Parekh, Helen, and Saira Banu were her close friends. Last days of her life were spent at her residence. After a long time she was seen with Waheeda Rehman for the screening of one Marathi film in the year 2010.
God bless her soul and may she rest in peace!