8 Yesteryear Heroines Who Never Married

8 Yesteryear Heroines Who Never Married

14 Jun 18 @ 4:04 PM | By Ravi

They say a woman is incomplete without marriage but this rule has undergone a lot of change as far as our Bollywood heroines and actresses are concerned. The 50’s and 60’s saw heroines donning the greasepaint for the lark of it and settled down in marriage after five or six years of stardom. The 70’s and 80’s saw a change in trend where heroines started taking their acting career a lot seriously before settling down in matrimony. They extended their shelf-life as a lead by another five years knowing very well that after marriage they will be offered ‘bhabhi’ roles. The heroines who voluntarily retired in the previous decades were already playing ‘mother’ to heroes whom they had romanced some years ago. Then came the 20th century which changed the very thought of marital bliss. The latest trend was being more career-oriented and stay single than marry the wrong guy or if at all marry then marry a rich guy. We get to see so many leading actresses who are in their late 30’s and early 40’s but still haven’t taken the plunge as they’ve chosen to stay single. An actress like Sushmita Sen has gone a step further by adopting two daughters. There’s a price for fame and stardom which doesn’t come easily. Barring the current lot of Bollywood heroines, let’s take a look at some of the yesteryear heroines from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s who had relationships but never got hitched to anyone.

  • Suraiya

    Suraiya was born in Gujranwala, Punjab (now, Pakistan) in 1929 and made her screen debut as a child artiste in ‘Usne Kya Socha’ in 1937. She was an actress as well as singer who was spotted by music director Naushad and was made to sing in the 1942 film ‘Sharda’. She became a popular actress and singer of 40's and 50's. After doing a few films with Dev Anand both romantically got involved with each other and wanted to get married but it was Suraiya’s mother who was against the alliance because Dev Anand was not a Muslim. Dev Anand eventually married Kaplana Karthik which ended his affair with Suraiya. Suraiya cut down on her film assignments thereafter but sang for selected movies only. She did quite a few films like ‘Pyar Ki Jeet’, ‘Dillagi’, ‘Jeet’, ‘Badi Bahen’, ‘Afsar’, ‘Mirza Ghalib’, ‘Shama Parwana’, ‘Shama’ and finally ‘Rustam-E-Sohrab’. She never got over her heartbreak and as a mark of hatred and revenge for her family she remained unmarried all her life. She breathed her last in 2004.
  • Priya Rajvansh

    Born in 1937 as Vera Sunder Singh, Priya Rajvansh was her screen name given by her mentor Chetan Anand. She made her screen debut in Chetan Anand’s war movie ‘Haqeeqat’ which introduced a whole gamut of actors in 1963. Priya became a regular in all Chetan Anand films which drew them closer. She did quite a few films like ‘Heer Ranjha’, ‘Hanste Zakhm’, ‘Hindustan Ki Kasam’, ‘Sahib Bahadur’, ‘Kudrat’ and ‘Haathon Ki Lakeerein’. It was reported that the already married Chetan Anand was in a living relationship with the actress. After Chetan Anand’s death Priya was all alone and depressed and ultimately died under mysterious circumstances in her house in 2000. She remained single all her life and will be remembered as Chetan Anand’s muse.
  • Nanda

    She was one of the top actresses in the late 50's, 60's and 70’s who made her silver screen debut as child artist ‘Baby Nanda’ in films like ‘Mandir’, ‘Jaggu’, ‘Angaarey’, and ‘Jagriti’ between 1948-56. She played her first adult role in V. Shantaram’s ‘Toofan Aur Diya’ in 1956. She went on to act in many hit films like ‘Dhool Ka Phool’, ‘Choti Bahen’, ‘Kanoon’, ‘Kala Bazaar’, ‘Hum Dono’, ‘Teen Deviyan, ‘Gumnaam’, ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’, ‘Ittefaq’, ‘The Train’, ‘Prem Rog’ and ‘Mazdoor’. She had a family to support which made her delay her marriage. She did eventually get engaged to director Manmohan Desai in 1992 but his sudden demise put an end to all her desires. She remained unmarried all her life before she died a lonely death in 2010.
  • Asha Parekh

    Born in 1940, Asha Parekh was a top actress of the 60’s who started her career as a child artist under the screen name Baby Asha in the film Aasmaan (1952). She made her full-fledged adult debut in Nasir Husain’s ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ in 1959 opposite Shammi Kapoor which was a huge hit. In the 60’s she acted in films like ‘Jab Pyar Kissise Hota Hai’, ‘Love in Tokyo’, ‘Do Badan’, ‘Teesri Manzil’, ‘Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon’, ‘Baharon Ke Sapne’, ‘Pyar Ka Mausam’, ‘Caravan’, ‘Kati Patang’ (for which she bagged her first Filmfare Trophy in 1971). In the 70’s she took up character roles and mother roles where she was seen in ‘Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki’ and ‘Kaalia’. There were rumors of her affair with director Nasir Husain which she never confirmed or denied. She is seen very rarely in films now days.
  • Anju Mahendru

    Anju Mahendru was born in 1946 and was famous for her long relationship with actor Rajesh Khanna. She was heartbroken after he married Dimple Kapadia in 1973. Though she wasn’t a top actress of her time but she did some memorable roles in films like ‘Uski Kahani’, ‘Jewel Thief’, ‘Bandhan’ and ‘Dastak’. She later moved to character roles and was seen playing mother roles to young heroes. She has also appeared in some TV serials.
  • Sulakshana Pandit

    Born in 1948, Sulakshana Pandit was a singer turned actress who made her singing debut in the film ‘Taqdeer’ in 1967. She began her acting career in the suspense thriller ‘Uljhan’ in 1975 opposite Sanjeev Kumar. She too worked opposite all leading heroes of the 70’s but it was Anil Ganguly's ‘Sankoch’ (1976) which put her in the top league. After that she did ‘Hera Pheri’, ‘Apnapan’, ‘Khandaan’, ‘Raaz’, ‘Thief of Baghdad’, ’Chehre Pe Chehra’, ‘Amar Shakti’, ‘Dharam Kanta’ and ‘Waqt Ki Deewar’ like films. She did fall in love with actor Sanjeev Kumar but the he turned her proposal as he was turned down by Hema Malini a little earlier. Sulakshana never recovered from the trauma and became psychologically ill. She remains a spinster till date.
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  • Parveen Babi

    Parveen was considered one of the most glamorous actresses of the 70’s and mid-80’s. She made her screen debut in BR Ishara’s ‘Charitra’ opposite cricketer turned actor Salim Durani in 1974. The film was a wash out but it helped Parveen to sign on big films like ‘Deewaar’, ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Shaan’, ‘Suhaag’, ‘Kaala Patthar’ and ‘Kaalia’. She had her share of relationships with actor Kabir Bedi and director Mahesh Bhatt but never married. She suffered from a delusional disorder which led her to the addiction of drugs and alcohol. She was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her apartment in 2005.
  • Asha Sachdev

    She began her career in 1972 in the Vijay Anand film ‘Double Cross’ where she played the second lead along with Rekha. Soon after that she was seen in the Navin Nishchol-Rekha star thriller ‘Woh Main Nahin’ in 1974, ‘Agent Vinod’ and ‘Priyatama’ for which she won the best supporting actress Filmfare trophy in 1978. She then went on to do some vamp and character roles B grade films. She also did TV serials. She remains unmarried till date for reasons best known to her.