Masoom, directed by Shekhar Kapur and released in 1983 is one of the best films that Bollywood has ever had. We all know where the central characters of the film are today. Whether it be Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi or Urmila Matondkar, all of them are celebrities to reckon with. But, have you wondered where is the 'lakdi ki kathi' girl?
For all those who would like to know...the little girl (Mini) who played the role of Naseeruddin and Shabana's younger daughter and Urmila's younger sister is today well settled and happily living with her husband and five-year-old daughter Yashetta in Delhi. Her name is Aradhana Srivastav and is today enjoying her life as a teacher of music in one of the best schools of the country.
The Mirror, that tracked Aradhana to Delhi found this 35-year-old lady well-settled with her husband, Prashant Kaura, and their child. Prashant runs a boutique investment advisory firm, specialising in raising institutional money in real estate When coaxed into talking, she finally revealed what happened after Masoom.
Aradhana was seen in V. Shantaram's Khuda Hafiz along with Urmila Matondkar, her co-star in Masoom and Ram Terey Kitney Naam which starred Sanjeev Kumar, Rekha and Vinod Mehra. Aradhana was also seen in two ad films. The films bombed at the box office and Aradhana left the film industry to pursue her studies that was being neglected because of her films.
Speaking about life after films, Aradhana told Mirror, "I went back to my studies in Kanpur. Due to my stint in the movies, academics had taken a backseat and my parents wanted me back on track." After graduating from Pune's Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, she took up a job in IT, but soon realised her true calling and went on to acquire a PhD in Hindustani vocal music.
Aradhana is extremely happy and content in the space that she is today and has also written the lyrics for the Delhi anthem, 'One Billion Rising.' The music is by Karsh Kale and Gaurav Raina.
Walking down the memory lane, Aradhana recalls Shabana Azmi, who used to fondly call her 'Ijji-Bijji' and added that though she and Urmila wrote to each other for almost four years, they soon lost touch. However, Aradhana is still in touch with her Masoom director Shekhar Kapur.