Tun Tun (Uma Devi Khatri)
11 July 1923
|Died||24 November 2003 80) (aged|
Tun Tun(11 July 1923 – 24 November 2003) was the screen name of Indian playback singer and actress-comedian, Uma Devi Khatri, who was called "Hindi cinema's first-ever comedienne".
Uma Devi was born in a small village near Amroha District of Uttar Pradesh, India in 1923. Her parents and brother were murdered for land arrogate. Just before two days of her demise she had been interviewed by film critique and historian Shishir Krishn Sharma. She said : "I don’t remember who my parents were and how they looked, I would be two to two and half years when they passed away, I had a brother eight or nine years old whose name was Hari, I just remembered that we were living in a village named Alipur. One day brother was killed and left for maid servant to relatives in exchange for two times meal, that time I was four or five years old".
Uma Devi’s childhood was marked by poverty. She later met Akhtar Abbas Kazi, an Excise Duty Inspector, who helped and inspired her. At the time of the India-Pakistan partition, Kazi Sahib moved to Lahore, Pakistan. She was fed up of the circumstances of the time and she moved to Mumbai to pursue singing in movies. Kazi Sahib also eventually moved to Mumbai, where they got married in 1947.
She arrived in Bombay (Mumbai) at the age of 23, having run away from home, and knocked on composer Naushad Ali's door. She told him that she could sing and that she would throw herself in the ocean if he didn't give her a chance. He auditioned her, and hired her on the spot. She made her debut as a solo playback singer in Nazir's Wamiq Azra (1946).She soon signed a contract with the producer-director A.R. Kardar, who used Naushad as music director, and went on make a place for herself amidst music stalwarts like Noor Jehan, Rajkumari, Khursheed Bano and Zohrabai Ambalewali.
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In 1947, she had huge hits with "Afsana Likh Rahi Hoon Dil-e-Beqarar Ka", "Yeh Kaun Chala Meri Aankhon Mein Sama Kar" and "Aaj Machi Hai Dhoom Jhoom Khushi Se Jhoom", which she sang for actress Munawar Sultana in A.R. Kardar's Dard (1947), again under the music direction of Naushad, she also sang a duet; "Betaab Hai Dil Dard-e-Mohabat Ke Asar Se", with Suraiya.In fact, a gentleman from Delhi was so enamoured by her song "Afsana Likh Rahi Hoon", that he stayed with her in Bombay. They got married, and the couple had two daughters and two sons; her husband, whom she called Mohan, died in 1992.
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The success of Dard meant that she next received Mehboob Khan's Anokhi Ada (1948), which again had two hit numbers, "Kahe Jiya Dole" and "Dil Ko Lagake Humne Kuch Bhi Na Paya". This brought her into the league of highly rated playback singers.She reached her peak as a vocalist in director S.S. Vasan's Chandralekha (1948) made by Gemini Studios, Chennai. Her seven songs, which include hits such as "Saanjh Ki Bela" remain her most accomplished work in her singing career, though signing for the film also meant a breach of contract with producer-director Kardar, which led to her dwindling fortunes in the industry.
Mehboob Khan was a pioneer producer-director of Indian cinema, best known for directing the social epic Mother India (1957), which won the Filmfare Awards for Best Film and Best Director, two National Film Awards, and was a nominee for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He set up his production company – Mehboob Productions, and later a film studio – Mehboob Studios in Bandra, Mumbai in 1954. He also created the dacoit film genre with Aurat (1940) and Mother India, and is also known for other blockbusters including the romantic drama Andaz (1949), the swashbuckling musical Aan (1951), and the melodrama Amar (1954).
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Moreover, in the following years, owing to her older style of singing and limited vocal range, she found it difficult to compete with the rising singing stars Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. Eventually Naushad suggested that she take up acting, because she had a very bubbly personality and wonderful comic timing. She was inspired and awestruck by Dilip Kumar and had a wish, maintaining it stubbornly that in her first film, she would act alongside him. Knowing about this crazy love for Dilip Kumar, Naushad asked Dilip Kumar, who was his friend, to cast her in one of his films, and she appeared in Babul (1950) with him, which had Nargis as the lead actress; it is he who renamed her "Tun Tun" to suit her comic persona,the name stayed with her, and a comedic legend was born.
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In her career spanning five decades, she acted in about 198 films in Hindi/Urdu and other languages like Punjabi etc., pairing with top comedy actors of her times such as Bhagwan Dada, Agha, Sunder, Mukri, Dhumal, Johnny Walker and Keshto Mukherjee.She was last seen in Hindi films in Kasam Dhande Ki (1990).
Owing to her popularity, the name Tun Tun has become synonymous with fat women in India.
|1990||Kasam Dhande Ki||Prema|
|1987||Deewana Tere Naam Ka|
|1986||Khel Mohabbat Ka||House Maid|
|1985||Salma||Lady Singer – "Mumtaz's marriage"|
|1984||Raja Aur Rana||Havaldar's wife||as Tuntun|
|1983||Coolie||Mother of 7 babies|
|1983||Haadsa||Ladies Health Club Member|
|1982||Heeron Ka Chor|
|1982||Maine Jeena Seekh Liya||Miss Tun Tun|
|1982||Namak Halaal||Female guest with a dog|
|1982||Samraat||Woman aboard ship||uncredited|
|1982||Yeh To Kamaal Ho Gaya|
|1981||Biwi-O-Biwi||Mrs. Singh's friend – Faints at swimming pool||uncredited|
|1981||Saajan Ki Saheli||Maria|
|1980||Qurbani||Fat woman in car|
|1980||Gori Dian Jhanjran||Bulbul's mother|
|1980||Saajan Mere Main Saajan Ki|
|1979||Baton Baton Mein||Imaginary Nancy's mother|
|1979||Sarkari Mehmaan||Bank employee|
|1978||Dil Aur Deewar||Madame|
|1978||Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se||Fat lady in the theatre|
|1978||Ankh Ka Tara|
|1978||Satyam Shivam Sundaram||Fat Lady|
|1977||Pandit Aur Pathan||Champakali|
|1977||Aap Ki Khatir||Dancer/Singer|
|1977||Agar... If||Champakali (Agarwal housemaid)|
|1977||Chacha Bhatija||Kesto's bride|
|1977||Do Sholay||Guest Appearance|
|1977||Taxi Taxie||Mother of 9 children|
|1976||Hera Pheri||Mrs. Dhaniram|
|1976||Aap Beati||Customer at Lord's Shoes|
|1976||Bhagwan Samaye Sansar Mein||(as Tuntun)|
|1976||Bundal Baaz||Rajaram's customer|
|1975||Aag Aur Toofan||as Tuntun|
|1975||Dhoti Lota Aur Chowpatty||Film heroine's mother||as Tun-Tun|
|1974||Naya Din Nai Raat||Mental Patient|
|1974||Maa Bahen Aur Biwi|
|1974||Sacha Mera Roop Hai|
|1973||Kuchhe Dhaage||Ramaswanti Bharose|
|1973||Naag Mere Saathi|
|1972||Gomti Ke Kinare||Petrol Pump owner's wife|
|1972||Lalkar (The Challenge)||Danko|
|1972||Aankhon Aankhon Mein||Mrs. Pereira|
|1972||Bindiya Aur Bandook|
|1972||Dil Daulat Duniya||Baby's Mother|
|1972||Ek Hasina Do Diwane||Phool Kumari|
|1972||Garam Masala||Queen Khatoria|
|1972||Mele Mitran De||Punjabi|
|1972||Mome Ki Gudiya||Daisy's mother|
|1972||Sabse Bada Sukh|
|1971||Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong||Sonia's Aunt|
|1971||Preet Ki Dori|
|1971||Shri Krishna Leela||Rasili's Chachi|
|1971||Tulsi Vivah||Senapati's mother-in-law|
|1971||Woh Din Yaad Karo|
|1970||Heer Raanjha||Allah Rakhi|
|1970||The Train||Guest Appearance|
|1970||Aansoo Aur Muskan||Bhagwanti|
|1970||Pehchan||Ganga's prospective bride|
|1970||Rootha Na Karo||Neeta's maidservant||as Tuntun|
|1969||Do Raaste||Swimming pool attendant|
|1969||Anjaana||Mrs. Kapoor (Cooper)|
|1969||Shart||Lady at the Massage Parlour|
|1968||Abhilasha||Fat Lady||song "Yaaron Hamara Kya"|
|1968||Baharon Ki Manzil||Glory D'Silva|
|1968||Dil Aur Mohabbat|
|1968||Har Har Gange|
|1968||Sadhu Aur Shaitaan||Sundari|
|1968||Suhaag Raat||Titli Banu|
|1967||Pind Di Kuri||Punjabi|
|1967||Badrinath Yatra||Maid at brothel|
|1967||C.I.D. 909||Julie Fernandes D'Silva Ghobewali|
|1967||Dil Ne Pukara||Kamla|
|1967||Gunahon Ka Devta|
|1967||Hare Kanch Ki Chooriyan||Julie's Mother||as Tuntun|
|1967||Upkar||Lakhpati's Wife||as Tuntun|
|1966||Dil Diya Dard Liya||Mrs. Murlidhar|
|1966||Ladka Ladki||Rajkumari Nirmala Devi|
|1966||Phool Aur Patthar||Mrs. Alopinath (Guddki)||as Tuntun|
|1966||Tarzan Aur Jadui Chirag|
|1966||Thakur Jarnail Singh|
|1965||Johar-Mehmood in Goa||Simmi's Cellmate|
|1965||Ek Sapera Ek Lutera||Bindu|
|1965||Jab Jab Phool Khile||Mary||Guest Appearance|
|1965||Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain||Baby||as Tuntun|
|1965||Saheli||Mother of 5 children|
|1964||Cha Cha Cha||Mohan's Mother|
|1964||Aaya Toofan||Maha Dasi|
|1964||Darasingh: Ironman||Rangili's mother|
|1964||Ganga Ki Lahren||Maid|
|1964||Kashmir Ki Kali||Rama Devi|
|1964||Mr. X in Bombay||Kamini|
|1963||Ek Dil Sao Afsane||Wedding Guest|
|1963||Gehra Daag||Sundari||as Tuntun|
|1963||Jab Se Tumhe Dekha Hai||Kitty's servant|
|1963||Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya|
|1963||Naag Rani||Chand's friend (uncredited)|
|1963||Phool Bane Angaare||Kamla's sister-in-law|
|1963||Ustadon Ke Ustad||Hostess of Qawwali contest|
|1962||Half Ticket||Real Munna's Mother|
|1962||Son of India||Gopal's foster mother|
|1962||Vallah Kya Baat Hai|
|1961||Chaudhvin Ka Chand||Naseeban||as Uma Devi|
|1961||Passport||Woman who offers shelter to Reeta & Shekhar|
|1960||Bombai Ka Babu|
|1960||Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai||Haseena|
|1960||Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere||Moti's Mother|
|1960||Ek Phool Char Kaante||Jamnabai|
|1960||Jaali Note||Mrs. Malik||uncredited|
|1959||Black Cat||Mrs. Ramanlal||uncredited|
|1959||Kaagaz Ke Phool||Telephone Operator|
|1959||Kavi Kalidas||Kali's step-mom|
|1959||Qaidi No. 911|
|1958||12 O'Clock||Kumari Natesh Sundari||as Uma Devi|
|1958||Aakhri Dao||Muthuswami's Daughter|
|1958||Aji Bas Shukriya|
|1958||Phir Subah Hogi||Ram's Landlord||uncredited|
|1958||Solva Saal||Aspiring actress/Singer|
|1956||C.I.D.||Complainant in police station||as Uma Devi|
|1956||Jagte Raho||Sati's mother||uncredited|
|1956||Pocketmaar||Shukal's prospective mother-in-law||uncredited|
|1956||Kismet Ka Khel||as Uma Devi|
|1955||Shree 420||Maya's neighbour||as Uma Devi|
|1955||Hatimtai Ki Beti|
|1955||Marine Drive||Johny's wife (as Uma Devi)|
|1955||Mr. & Mrs. '55||Lily D'Silva||as Uma Devi|
|1955||Pehli Jhalak||Dancer (song "Achchi Surat Huwi")|
|1955||Uran Khatola||Hira's girlfriend||as Tuntun|
|1954||Gul Bahar||as Uma Devi|
|1951||Deedar||Rai' s maidservant||as Uma Devi|
She died on 23 November 2003 in Andheri, Mumbai,after a prolonged illness at the age of 80 and is survived by her four children and four grandchildren.
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