#GoldenFrames: Achala Sachdev, Mother of Bollywood | Photogallery

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Achala Sachdev has worked in more than 250 movies in her career spanning over six decades, including three Punjabi movies, a Gujarati movie, and one uncompleted Bengali movie. The song “Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen” made Sachdev popular in the eyes of the public. The actress is known for mother and grandmother roles in Hindi movies.

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Achala Sachdev began her career in Hindi cinema as a child star. But soon, she became famous for essaying roles as a mother and grandmother.

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Sachdev worked for All India Radio, Lahore before the partition of India, and then at Delhi All India Radio.

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#GoldenFrames: Achala Sachdev, Mother of Bollywood

Her most memorable movies are ‘Arzoo’ (1965), ‘Waqt’ (1965), ‘Mere Naam Joker’ (1970), ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ (1971), ‘Chandni’ (1989), ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ ‘ (1995), ‘Kabhi Kushi Kabhe Gham’ (2001) and ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ (2003).

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#GoldenFrames: Achala Sachdev, Mother of Bollywood

Sachdev made her movie debut with ‘Fashionable Wife’ (1938), which Dhirubhai Desai directed.

(Movie still: Haré Rama Haré Krishna, 1971)

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#GoldenFrames: Achala Sachdev, Mother of Bollywood

Achala Sachdev has acted in many Yash Raj Films, starting with Yash Chopra’s first productions ‘Daag: A Poem of Love’ (1973), ‘Chandni’ (1989) and ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (1995).

(Movie still: Karm, 1977)

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#GoldenFrames: Achala Sachdev, Mother of Bollywood

Achala Sachdev’s most memorable role was as Balraj Sahni’s wife in the movie ‘Waqt’ (1965), wherein the popular song “Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen” was picturised on her. The same song was re-enacted thirty years by Amrish Puri and Farida Jalal in the movie in ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (1995), where Sachdev played Kajol’s grandmother.

(Movie still: Azaad, 1955)

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#GoldenFrames: Achala Sachdev, Mother of Bollywood

Achala Sachdev was divorced with a child when she met British national Clifford Douglas Peters. She was introduced to Peters by Yash Chopra on the set of a movie in Mumbai.

(Movie still: Waqt, 1965)

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#GoldenFrames: Achala Sachdev, Mother of Bollywood

Sachdev’s husband, Peters, was a mechanical engineer. He had a factory in Bhosari. The couple lived in a bungalow in the same area before shifting to Hadapsar.

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#GoldenFrames: Achala Sachdev, Mother of Bollywood

After Peters died, Sachdev lived alone. Five years before her death, she gave away her flat in Pune to a charitable organization Janseva Foundation, on the condition that the founder-chairman, Dr Vinod Shah, should take care of her as long as she lived.

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