Actor Tabassum’s Birthday


Born Kiran Bala Sachdev on this day in 1944, Actor Tabassumji turns 74 today. She is best known as the host of the interview program Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan, which ran on Doordarshan from 1972 to 1993. Honestly, I was inspired by her to take up journalism and interestingly it was Bollywood, which gave me the right impetus to grow in the field.

Bollywood and Tabassum: It is difficult to get songs picturized on Tabassum, as she is a character actor. Post a lot of research, I found these songs:

Ankhonse jo utri hai dil mein… Phir Wahi Dil Laya Hoon (1963) In this song and the next, she is among the friends of the heroine.

Ni Sultana re… Pyar Ka Mausam (1969)

Bhool sakta hai bhala kaun… Dharmaputra (1961) She and another female actor watch through a window as Shashi Kapoor romances Indrani Mukherjee.

Jhoole mein pawan ke… Baiju Bawra (1951) Tabassum plays the young Meena Kumari and she is seen with the other child actor on the swing at the beginning of the song.


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