5 December 1932
|Died||9 February 2006 73) (aged|
|Years active||1952 – 2001|
|Awards||Filmfare Award in 1976|
Florence Ezekiel (5 December 1932 – 9 February 2006), known by her stage name Nadira, was an Indian actress who worked in Hindi films. She appeared in films from the 1950s and 1960s, including Aan (1952), Shree 420 (1955), Pakeezah (1972) and Julie (1975), which won her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.
Nadira was born as to Florence Ezekiel in a Baghdadi Jewish family.Her family migrated from Baghdad to Bombay in search of business opportunities when she was an infant. She has two brothers, one of whom lives in the United States and another in Israel. She remained unmarried.
Ezekiel adopted the screen name Nadira and first appeared in the 1943 Hindi film Mauj when she was 12.
Nadira's first major opportunity came from Sardar Akhtar, wife of film director Mehboob Khan, in the film Aan (1952).Nadira rose to cinematic prominence with Aan, with her role as a Rajput princess. She did a bold scene in the film. In 1955, she played a rich socialite named Maya in Shree 420 . She played pivotal roles in a number of films such as Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai , Hanste Zakhm , Amar Akbar Anthony and Pakeezah . She worked alongside Shammi kapoor in Sipahsalar (1956). She was often cast as a temptress or vamp, and played opposite the chaste heroines then favoured by the Bollywood film industry.
Nadira won a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her role as Julie's mother Margaret, 'Maggie', in the 1975 film Julie .During the 1980s and 1990s, she entered a new phase of her career, playing elderly women as a supporting actress. Her last role was in the film Josh (2000). In her longtime career, because of her western attire, her character in most of her memorable movies was Christian or Anglo-Indian. One notable exception can be found in the movie Aan , opposite Dilip Kumar, where she played a Rajput princess. Also, in Shree 420 there was no religious affiliation shown explicitly: her character was named Maya, which is not necessarily a Christian name. In fact, Maya is a quite common name in India, coming from the Sanskrit word for illusion.
She was well paid for her efforts and was one of the first Indian actresses to own a Rolls-Royce.
For the last part of her life, she lived alone in Mumbai, as many of her relatives had moved to Israel, staying for the last three years in her condominium with only a housekeeper named Shobha. She had suffered a cardiac arrest on 24 January 2006 and was admitted to the hospital in a semi-comatose state. She had multiple health problems including tubercular meningitis, alcoholic liver disorder and paralysis.
On 9 February 2006, Nadira died at the age of 73 at the Bhatia Hospital in Tardeo, Mumbai, India, following a prolonged illness.Among the survivors were one brother that lived in the United States and another brother that lived in Israel.
|2001||Zohra Mahal||Zohra Mahal|
|1991||Hassan Da Chor|
|1984||Kim (TV serial)||Widow of Kulu|
|1982||Raaste Pyar Ke|
|1979||Duniya Meri Jeb Mein|
|1979||Bin Phere Hum Tere|
|1977||Aap Ki Khatir|
|1977||Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka||Heera (Jamundas' wife)|
|1977||Amar Akbar Anthony|
|1977||Paapi||Old lady hit by Vikram's car|
|1975||Julie||Margaret 'Maggie' (Julie's Mom)||Won – Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award|
|1975||Kahte Hain Mujhko Raja|
|1974||Ishq Ishq Ishq|
|1974||Woh Main Nahin|
|1973||Ek Nari Do Roop|
|1973||Pyaar Ka Rishta|
|1971||Kahin Aar Kahin Paar|
|1972||Pakeezah||Madame Gauhar Jaan|
|1970||Bombay Talkie||Anjana Devi|
|1970||Ishq Par Zor Nahin||Mrs. Doraiswamy|
|1970||Safar||Mrs. Kapoor (Shekhar's mom)|
|1969||Insaaf Ka Mandir|
|1969||Jahan Pyar Mile|
|1969||Talash||Flirtatious lady in red sari|
|1968||Kahin Din Kahin Raat||Mrs.Indrani|
|1968||Sapnon Ka Saudagar||Ranjana's mother|
|1963||Meri Surat Teri Ankhen|
|1965||Chhoti Chhoti Baatein||Shanta|
|1960||Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai||Mrs. Kusum Sushil Verma|
|1995||Ek Tha Rusty (Season 1)||Ms. Mackenzie|
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