Yesteryear actress Vyjayanthimala turns 82 today. One of the most popular actresses of the golden era of Hindi cinema, she wasn't just a terrific actress, but also proved her prowess when it came to her dancing skills. For years, Vyjayanthimala ruled over the audience's hearts with her vivacious charm and lovely smile.
As the veteran actress turns a year older, we bring you 5 of her most memorable films, which you folks just shouldn't miss!
Vyjayanthimala as the silent, sophisticated Radha in this Bollywood love-triangle featuring Raj Kapoor and Rajendra Kapoor won the Filmfare Best Actress award for this flick which revolved around male bonding. There's an interesting story about how Vyjanthimala when she came on board for this movie.
Reportedly, Raj Kapoor was keen to sign her for Sangam, but Vyjanthimala being one of the most sought-after actresses found some excuse and kept Raj Kapoor's call on hold. After several attempts when Raj failed to get her reply, the film magazines fuelled the buzz that Dilip Kumar was creating hurdles and preventing Vyjayanthimala from signing Raj Kapoor's film. Aggravated after reading such stories, one day Raj Kapoor called up Vyjayanthimala and fervently asked her over the phone, "Bol Radha Bol Sangam hoga ke nahin...."
Floored at Raj Kapoor's pleasant gesture, she affectionately replied, "Are Baba Hoga Hoga Hoga..." It is said that later lyricist Shailendra wrote their witty conversation into the super hit song Mere Man Ki Ganga Aur Tere Man Ki Jamuna Ka Bol Radha Bol Sangam Hoga Ke Nahin...."
Vyjayanthimala plays the role of Chandramukhi in Bimal Roy's classic film Devdas, For the film, the actress was also conferred with the Filmfare Award For Best Supporting Actress, which she declined because she thought her role was not that of a supporting actor. Quite a brave move by an actress!
Vyjayanthimala plays Dilip Kumar's leading lady in this film where her role of a village belle Rajni who risks her life to save a bridge, was quite appreciated by the audience. And yes, who can forget her charming chemistry with Dilip Kumar in the famous 'Ude Jab Jab Zulfe Teri' song?
Bimal Roy's black and white classic Madhumati dealt with the theme of reincarnation and eternal love, which is a must watch for Dilip Kumar-Vyjayanthimala's stellar performances and the melodious songs. The film draws you in with its sheer lyricism with the light and shadow.
When Vyjyayanthimala, a trained classic dancer grooved to 'Hooton Mein Aisi Baat' in Dev Anand's thriller 'Jewel Thief', the audience just couldn't get enough of her graceful moves. Jewel Thief is a film which you won't get tired revisiting for its Vijay Anand's taut screenplay and S.D Burman's gems.