About Leena Chandavarkar

Leena Chandavarkar was born in North Karnataka , In the Karwar – Dharwar Region. She is from the Konkani community.

She won a talent competition when she was 15 and after that she went to Mumbai to try her luck in acting. There are also claims from a Karnataka web site that she first went to college in Bangalore.Initially she worked in advertisements and was noticed by actor Sunil Dutt. He had Nargis groom her on her Hindi and prepare her for a debut in his film Man Ka Meet.

Man Ka Meet had Sunil Dutt's brother Som Dutt in the lead , and apart from Leena , Vinod Khanna also made his debut in this film. Vinod played the villain in the movie.

Between 1969-1979, Leena acted in many films. She was cast opposite to majority of popular heroes of that era. She gave one of her best acting performances in 'Mehboob Ki Mehndi' with Rajesh Khanna.

Leena also acted in two films 'Manchali' and 'Anhonee' with classic and versatile Sanjeev Kumar.

'Qaid' with Vinod Khanna is a real nice movie. This movie has a good story line with suspense and good direction. Mehmood provides the much-needed humor.

She also acted with Raj Kumar (of 'Jaani' fame) in 'Dil Ka Raja'. She also acted with Navin Nischol in 'Aafat'. 'Honeymoon', her movie with Anil Dhawan as hero, is a movie with good tinge of humor.

Her was an era of a lot of competition in Bollywood Old timers like Mumtaaz, Saira Baanu, Nanda, Sadhana etc. were trying to hold on to their top position by delivering one or two great films every year. More glamorous and ready-to-bare-it-all heroines like Sulakshana Pandit, Sarika, Yogita Bali etc. were making a beeline to crack the bastion of old timers.

Amidst this stiff competition, Leena's achievements are quite significant. Also that was the era of hippie culture and every director wanted big sized heroines (then known as cowgirls). Leena, a petite beautiful woman, did not really fit the bill and could not withstand the rush of tinsel bombshells like Zeenat Amaan, Reena Roy, Parveen Babi, Neetu Singh etc. and slowly moved into oblivion somewhere around 1979.

In 1974, after several successful films like Humjoli, Manchali, and a total of some 40 films; Leena married Siddharth Bandodkar, the son of Dayanand Bandodkar the first chief minister of Goa.Her husband died in an accident.
Later Leena married the singer actor Kishore Kumar in 1980, and after Kishore Kumar's death in 1987 she now lives with their son Sumeet Kumar.

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