B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Mala Sinha (real name Alda Sinha) was born on November 11, 1936 in Culcutta. She was noticed by Bengali film-maker Ardhendu Bose in a school play, who wanted her to act in his film Roshanara (1952). Roshanara turned out to be Mala Sinha’s debut on screen. After Roshanara, Mala did some more Bengali films.
Mala Sinha got her break in hindi films when she came to Bombay and met singer Geetu Dutt. Geeta Dutt was very impressed with her, and introduced her to Kidar Sharma who cast her in Rangeen Raatein (1955). Mala Sinha also did a few other forgettable hindi films like Ek Shola (1956), Naya Zamana (1957) and Fashion (1957).
Mala Sinha entered the A-league with Guru Dutt’s classic Pyaasa (1957). In this film, She played a girl who prefers to marry a rich person than her talented-but-poor poet lover. Her performance was acclaimed by both critics and audience. Then came Yash Chopra’s directorial debut Dhool Ka Phool (1959), which firmly established her as a great performer.
Mala Sinha was one of the most popular actresses throughout the era of 60s. She kept giving hits after another like Dharamputra (1961), Hariyali aur Raasta (1962), Anpadh (1962), Gumrah (1963). She did all kind of roles – be it comedy, romance or melodrama. In 1965, She had two back-to-back hits Himalaya Ki God Mein and Neela Aakash. After a string of unsuccessful films in 1966-67, Mala Sinha struck back with Aankhen (1968), and proved she was down but not out. However, after Aankhen, Mala Sinha failed to retain her great record at box-office. Most of her films flopped badly at the box-office. Mala Sinha then understood the need of the hour, and played a few mother or character roles till the early 80s. in 1991, Mala Sinha came back with two strong performances in Khel (1991) and Radha Ka Sangam (1992). She also acted in some Bengali films alongwith. Her last Bengali film was Kabita, where she co-starred with Ranjeet Mallik and Kamal Haasan.
She is happily living in Bombay with her husband C. P. Lohani and daughter Pratibha.
Mala Sinha worked in a Nepali film “Maitighar” in 1966, where her husband C.P.Lohani was the hero. Her daughter Pratibha Singh has also acted in a few films like Dil Hai Betaab (1993), Tu Chor Main Sipahi (1996) and Gudgudee (1997) Mala Sinha also used to sing for All India Radio for a couple of years.