Sulakshana Pandit

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Sulakshana Pandit
Birth nameSulakshana Pratap Narain Pandit
Also known asSulakshna Pandit
Born (1954-07-12) 12 July 1954 (age 66)
Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, India
Genres Playback singing, performing artist
Occupation(s)Singer, actor
Years active1967–1996 (Singing)
1975–1988 (Acting)

Sulakshana Pratap Narain Pandit (born 1954) is an Indian playback singer and former Bollywood leading lady. Her brothers are the composing duo Jatin–Lalit and her younger sister is Vijayta Pandit who achieved fame with her debut movie Love Story . Her uncle was the accomplished classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj. She won a Filmfare Best Female Playback Award in 1975 for her song "Tu Hi Sagar Hai, Tu Hi Kinara".

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Career

Sulakshana's career as an actress spanned the 1970s and early '80s. As a leading lady she has worked with most of the top actors of the 1970s like Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Khanna, Shashi Kapoor and Shatrughan Sinha. Her acting career began with the suspense thriller Uljhan in 1975, opposite Sanjeev Kumar. In Anil Ganguly's Sankoch (1976), which was based on the novel Parineeta, she portrayed Lolita. Her other popular films include Hera Pheri , Apnapan , Khandaan, Chehre Pe Chehra, Dharam Kanta and Waqt Ki Deewar.

She acted in a Bengali movie Bandie 1978, where she was paired opposite Uttam Kumar.

Sulakshana had a singing career alongside her acting one. She began her singing career as a child singer singing the popular song "Saat Samundar Paar se" with Lata Mangeshkar in the 1967 film Taqdeer . Thereafter, she recorded with famed musicians such as Hemant Kumar and Kishore Kumar. She sang in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Oriya and Gujarati. In 1980, she released an album titled Jazbaat (HMV), wherein she rendered ghazals. She sang duets with accomplished singers such as Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Shailender Singh, Yesudas, Mahendra Kapoor and Udit Narayan. She sang under music directors such as Shankar Jaikishan, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Kalyanji Anandji, Kanu Roy, Bappi Lahiri, Usha Khanna, Rajesh Roshan, Khayyam, Rajkamal and several others. In 1986, Sulakshana was one of the singers to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London to celebrate the "Festival of Indian Music" Concert along with acclaimed Music Directors Laxmikant Pyarelal and singers Manhar, Shabbir Kumar, Nitin Mukesh and Anuradha Paudwal.

Her voice was last heard in an alaap in the song "Saagar Kinare Bhi Do Dil" from the movie Khamoshi the musical (1996), which was composed by her brothers Jatin and Lalit.

Personal life

Sulakshana comes from a musical family originating from Pilimandori Village in Hissar (now Fatehabad) district of Haryana state. The famous classical vocalist and legendary Pandit Jasraj was her uncle. Ex Rajgarh MP & Jan Sangh leader Vasant Kumar Pandit was also her uncle. She started singing at the age of nine. Her elder brother Mandheer Pandit (who was earlier a music composer in the 1980s with Jatin Pandit as the duo Mandheer–Jatin) was her constant companion in Mumbai; they performed and sang on stage until Sulakshana became a leading playback singer through many of their live concerts with legends such as Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar.

She has three brothers (Mandheer, Jatin and Lalit Pandit) and three sisters (Late Maya Anderson, Late Sandhya Singh and Vijayta Pandit). Her father Pratap Narain Pandit was an accomplished classical vocalist. Her nephew Yash Pandit is an Indian television actor. Nieces Shraddha Pandit and Shweta Pandit are playback singers. Her cousin is playback singer Hemlata.

Sulakshana has never been married, after actor Sanjeev Kumar turned down her marriage proposal. [1] She fell on hard times after she stopped getting work. Her sister Vijayta Pandit and brother-in-law, music composer Aadesh Shrivastava, had plans to compose a devotional album for her, but Aadesh Shrivastava died before be he could. [2] She broke her hip bone when she fell in the bathroom. Sulakshana makes rare public appearances after her four surgeries that left her impaired. She has given a full length radio interview wherein she spoke about her acting & singing career to RJ Vijay Akela in July 2017.

Filmography

As singer

YearFilmSongCo-singer
1971 Door Ka Raahi "Beqarar-e-dil Tu Gaaye Ja" Kishore Kumar
1975 Chalte Chalte "Sapnon Ka Raja Koi" Shailender Singh
Uljhan "Aaj Pyare Pyare Se Lagte"Kishore Kumar
Sankalp "Tu Hi Saagar Hai Tu Hi Kinara"
1976 Sankoch "Bandhi Re Kahe Preet"
1977 Apnapan "Somwar Ko Hum Mile"Kishore Kumar
1978 Ek Baap Chhe Bete "Ghadi Milan Ki Aayee...Aayee Tu Chutti Lekar" Mohammed Rafi
1979 Griha Pravesh "Boliye Surili Boliyaan"
1979 Saawan Ko Aane Do "Kajare Ki Baati" Yesudas
1979 Garam Khoon "Pardesia Tere Des Main" Mohammed Rafi
1980 Thodisi Bewafaii "Mausam Mausam Lovely Mausam" Anwar Hussain
1980 Sparsh "Khaali Pyala Dhundhla Darpan"
1981 Ahistaa Ahistaa "Mana Teri Nazar"
1981 Saajan Ki Saheli "Jiske Liye Sab Ko Chhoda" Mohammed Rafi

As actress

YearFilmCharacter/RoleCostar
1975 Uljhan KarunaSanjeev Kumar
1975 Sankalp Poojaran
1975 Raaja RaniRishi Kapoor
1975 Salaakhen Guddi/SeemaShashi Kapoor
1976 Hera Pheri AshaVinod Khanna
1976 Shankar Shambhu ShaluShatrughan Sinha
1976 Bundal Baaz Nisha SharmaRajesh Khanna
1976 Sankoch LalitaJeetendra
1977 Apnapan RadhikaJeetendra
1977 Kasam Khoon Ki RadhaJeetendra
1977 Thief of Bagdad Shehzadi RukhsanaShatrughan Sinha
1978 Bandie Rajkumari Radha Sujan SinghUttam Kumar
1978 Phaansi ChaayaShashi Kapoor
1978 Amar Shakti Rajkumari SunitaShashi Kapoor
1979 Khandaan UshaJeetendra
1980 Ganga Aur Suraj SaritaShashi Kapoor
1980 Garam Khoon RamaVinod Khanna
1981 Chehre Pe Chehra DianaSanjeev Kumar
1981 Raaz SeemaRaj Babbar
1982 Dharam Kanta ChandaJeetendra
1982 Dil Hi Dil Mein Asha SinghNavin Nischal, Vinod Mehra
1982 Waqt Ki Deewar PriyaSanjeev Kumar
1985 Kala Suraj KarunaShatrughan Sinha
1987 GoraaRoopaRajesh Khanna
1987 Madadgaar SunitaJeetendra
1988 Do Waqt Ki Roti GangaSanjeev Kumar

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