Born in 1941 in Karachi in a Sindhi family, Sadhana might have been destined to be an actress as her father had named her after his favourite actress of the '40s, Sadhana Bose. After making her debut in a Sindhi film, Sadhana's big Bollywood break came in the form of 'Love in Simla' with Joy Mukherjee
In the earlier phase of her career, Sadhana made a hit pair with Dev Anand (who can forget the utterly romantic 'Abhi Na Jao' song in 'Hum Dono' picturised on this couple?)
Sadhana's on-screen chemistry with Rajendra Kumar was much talked about too. The two actors were great friends off screen as well
Sadhana with Helen and Bela in 'Dil Daulat Duniya'. Sadhana was friends with Helen and Nanda, who were among the few celebs from the industry to have helped her in her later years
It was in the '60s that beautiful Sadhana, along with being an actress to reckon with, was also a fashion icon. Her fringe, presumably simply done at the behest of director R K Nayyar (who she later married) to hide her broad forehead, went on to be imitated by millions of girls, famously called as Sadhana cut
Even though Sadhana enjoyed the position of being one of the most sought after actresses in '60s, she was easily forgotten once she decided to step into the shadows
Sadhana had chosen to stay away from the media glare as by her own admission she wanted to be remembered as the "khoobsurat" Sadhana. What she hadn't chosen, however, was that after her husband RK Nayyar's death, she had a hard time struggling to keep her Santacruz home and she had to seek police protection for the same
One of the last public events Sadhana was spotted at was a Shaina NC fashion show in May 2014. She passed away on December 25, 2015 at the age of 74 in Mumbai
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