Born to actress Shobhna Samarth, with her grandmother Rattan Bai, and aunt Nalini Jayawant both actresses, Tanuja Samarth and Nutan hail from a lineage of actresses. Tanuja began her career as a child actor in the 1950 film Hamari Nutan, which starred Nutan as the lead actress, her first film as an adult actor was a decade later in Chhabili, helmed by her mother. In Kidar Sharma’s Hamari Yaad Aayegi, she got her first full-fledged role as the heroine and acted her way onto a successful career in Hindi cinema. Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi, Izzat, Jeene ki Raah, Haathi Mere Saathi, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Do Chor are some of her noted films in her career spanning 50 years. She acted with the top heroes of the late ’90s in Hindi cinema, from Dharmendra, Jeetendra to Amitabh Bachchan.
Simultaneously, in the ’60s and ’70s, Tanuja stepped into Bengali cinema and left film lovers and the fraternity starstruck and in awe of her personality and charisma ever since. The star pair of Tanuja and Uttam Kumar was considered a must for musical films to be popular. Even in pleasant, so-called decorative roles, Tanuja's captivating charm was a sure-shot crowd-puller, to say the least. Tanuja made a great onscreen pair with Soumitra Chatterjee too, delivering memorable films like Prothom Kadam Phool, Teen Bhuvaner Parey. Tanuja belongs to the school of natural acting and could convey a volley of emotions through her gorgeous eyes, a quality that was inherited by her daughter and the talented actress Kajol.
On the occasion of the evergreen actress’ birthday today, here we list six Bengali films starring the actor in all her glory.