New Delhi: Actress Tanuja Mukherjee, one of the iconic actresses of her time, is celebrating her birthday today. Tanuja’s introduction today is that she is the mother of actress Kajol, but she herself has made some amazing appearances on the big screen in her time.
Tanuja’s mother Shobhana Samarth was also an actress and her father was producer Kumarsen Samarth. The actress married filmmaker Shomu Mukherjee and has two daughters, Kajol and Tanishaa.
Bollywood actress Tanuja has been involved in the film industry for many decades. She is known for her skills and her flirtation has been featured in films. Let us tell you that Tanuja was born on September 23, 1943. Few know that the actress got into the cinema as a child artist. She appeared in her sister Nutan’s film Hamari Beti (1950).
Tanuja had to debut as an actress at the age of 16 due to her family’s financial situation. At that time she was studying at St. George’s School in Switzerland.
Tanuja was first trained at St. Joseph’s Boarding School in Panchgani and then sent to Switzerland by her mother because the actress was very enthusiastic about languages. At the same time, Tanuja became friends with Sabiha Pataudi, the sister of Tiger Pataudi (Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi).
However, the financial situation of Tanuja’s house was not good and she had to return home. The mother told her that she could either celebrate it or work in Hindi cinema and Tanuja chose the films. In 1960, at the age of 16, her first film, Chhabili, was released. “Memdidi” followed in 1962. Tanuja has also directed many Bengali films and her name is also known as one of the bold actresses of Bollywood.
One of her anecdotes in Tanuja’s debut film Chhabili is quite famous. The actress cried in one scene in the film, but she kept laughing. Tanuja said to Kedar Sharma I don’t feel like crying today. Angered by this, Kedar Sharma slapped Tanuja’s face. When the whole team saw this, they were stunned. The hero of this film, Raj Kapoor, slowly undressed, and the actress was so upset that the entire set was scared.
She went crying to her mother Shobhana to complain about Kedar Sharma. On the contrary, when Tanuja told the whole thing, she was even slapped by her mother. She was well aware of her daughter’s behavior. Shobhana brought Tanuja back to the set and told Kedar Sharma that she is crying now start shooting after Tanuja got a perfect shot.
Kedar Sharma was considered one of the angry directors of the time. He had beaten many superstars before Tanuja. Well, that slap brought Tanuja up.