Daughter of actress Shobhana Samarth and producer Kumarsen Samarth, Tanuja is best remembered for her roles in films like Memdidi (1961), Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi (1966), Jewel Thief (1967) – remember that slinky yellow dress in Raat akeli hain? - Anubhav (1971) and Mere Jeevan Sathi (1972), among many others. She was paired with Sanjeev Kumar, Rajesh Khanna and Dharmendra to great effect.
Tanuja started her movie career with Hamari Beti (1950), in which she had her older sister Nutan for company. But her adult roles began with Chhabili (1960), while Hamari Yaad Aayegi in 1961 made her an actress to reckon with. Success soon came her way with Jeene Ki Raah (1969) and Haathi Mere Saathi (1971). In the mid-60s she ventured into Bengali films, but retired soon after to become a wife and mother. After a divorce, she stepped back into movies, but in smaller character roles.
On the occasion of Tanuja’s 76th birthday, Soundboxindia gives you 3 songs featuring her…
- Raat akeli hai (Jewel Thief)
- Aap mujhe acche lagne lage (Jeene Ki Raah)
- Mera dil jo mera hota (Anubhav)