Sulakshana Pandit

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Sulakshana Pandit
Birth nameSulakshana Pratap Narain Pandit
Also known asSulakshna Pandit
Born12 July 1954
Mumbai, India
GenresPlayback singing, performing artist
OccupationsSinger, actor
Years activeSinging: 1967–1996
Acting: 1975–1988
 
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Sulakshana Pandit
Birth nameSulakshana Pratap Narain Pandit
Also known asSulakshna Pandit
Born12 July 1954
Mumbai, India
GenresPlayback singing, performing artist
OccupationsSinger, actor
Years activeSinging: 1967–1996
Acting: 1975–1988

Sulakshana Pratap Narain Pandit is a Filmfare Award winning playback singer and actor. Her brothers are the composing duo Jatin Lalit and her younger sister is Vijeta Pandit who achieved fame with her debut movie Love Story. Her uncle is the accomplished classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj.

Career[edit]

Sulakshana's career as heroine spanned the 1970s and early '80s. As a leading lady she worked with Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Raj Babbar and Rakesh Roshan. 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. Some of her popular hit films are Uljhan, Hera Pheri, Apnapan, Sankoch, Khandaan, Raaz, Thief of Baghdad, Chehre Pe Chehra, Dharam Kanta and Waqt Ki Deewar.

She acted in a Bangali movie, Bondie, where she was paired opposite Uttam Kumar.

Sulakshana had a singing career alongside her acting one. She began her 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 like Hemant Kumar and Kishore Kumar. She sang in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Oriya and Gujarati. Some of her popular songs are listed in the Filmography section below.

In 1980 she released an album titled Jazbaat (HMV), wherein she rendered ghazals.

She sang duets with accomplished singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd. Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Shailender Singh, Yesudas, Mahendra Kapoor and Udit Narayan. She sang under music directors like 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[edit]

Sulakshana comes from a musical family originating from Pili Mandori Village in Hissar (now Fatehabad) district of Haryana state. Pandit Jasraj is 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, better known as 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 like Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi.

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

Sulakshana has never been married. Actor Sanjeev Kumar turned down her marriage proposal, because he never got over his heartbreak after actress Hema Malini rejected him to marry her frequent co-star Dharmendra.

She fell on hard times when she stopped getting work. In 2002, she was living in an apartment with no furniture and that required serious repairs.[1] She was forced to put it up for sale. It remained on the market for several months, until her former leading man Jeetendra came to her rescue by convincing his brother-in-law to purchase the flat. From the proceeds of the sale, she was able to pay off her debts and purchase two apartments.[2] Her sister Vijeta Pandit and brother-in-law, music composer Aadesh Shrivastava, sold her house; now she lives with them.[3] Aadesh has indicated that he was composing a devotional album for Sulakshana, but he has failed to do anything yet.[4] She broke her hip bone when she fell in the bathroom. Even after four surgeries, she still can't walk properly and is dependent on painkillers. She confines herself to a room in her sister's house and has a full-time domestic help looking after her.[5]

Filmography[edit]

As singer[edit]

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

Bollywood films of 1979 1979 Gram Khoon "Pardesia Tere Des Main" Mohammed Rafi

As actress[edit]

YearFilmCharacter/RoleNotes
1975UljhanKaruna
1975SalaakhenGuddi/Seema
1976Hera PheriAsha
1976Bundal BaazNisha Sharma
1977ApnapanRadhika
1978BandieRajkumari Radha Sujan Singh
1978Phaansi
1979KhandaanUsha
1981Chehre Pe ChehraDiana
1982Dharam KantaChanda
1985Kala SurajN.A
1987GoraaN.A
1987MadadgaarSunita
1988Do Waqt Ki RotiGanga

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