Remembering Leela Chitnis, on her 106th birth anniversary today.114 views
Mumbai : Today is the 106th birth anniversary of Leela Chitnis, an actress whose half-century-long 40-film career in India progressed from romantic roles to the motherly ones for which she is best remembered. One of cinema’s earliest educated ladies, Leela Chitnis was one of the topmost heroines in the country, in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
Frail and blessed with kindly eyes, Leela Chitnis is familiar to many moviegoers as the famous mother figure to the top trio of the 1950s and1960s. She was Raj Kapoor’s falsely-accused-of-infidelity mother in ‘Awaara'; Dilip Kumar’s falsely-accused-of-theft matriarch in ‘Ganga Jamuna’ and Dev Anand’s mother who is under the impression her soldier son is dead in ‘Hum Dono’. She was particularly good in Guide as Dev Anand’s helpless mother, who cannot overcome her trepidation at society’s condemnation of her son living in with Waheeda.
Famous bhajans like “Tora manwa kyon ghabraye re Ramji ke dware” (Sadhana) and “Na main dhan chahoon na ratan chahoon” (Kaala Bazaar) were picturised on her.