About Leena Chandavarkar
Leena Chandavarkar was born in North Karnataka , In the Karwar – Dharwar Region. She is from the Konkani community.
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
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
Leena also acted in two films 'Manchali' and 'Anhonee' with classic and versatile Sanjeev Kumar.
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
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.
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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