Achala Sachdev

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Not related to Taruni Sachdev, a child actress, who died two weeks after this person's death.
Achala Sachdev
Born (1920-05-03)3 May 1920
Peshawar, British India (now in Pakistan)
Died 30 April 2012(2012-04-30) (aged 91)
Pune, India
Years active 1938–2012

Achala Sachdev (3 May 1920 – 30 April 2012) was an Indian film actress from Peshawar who started her career as a child actor. She later became known for mother and grandmother roles in Hindi films. Her most memorable roles were as Balraj Sahni's wife in 1965 film Waqt and Kajol's grandmother in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995).

Early life[edit]

Sachdev was born in Peshawar in 1920.


Achala worked for All India Radio, Lahore before Indian partition and then at Delhi All India Radio.[1] Achala made her film debut with Fashionable Wife (1938), and acted in over 130 Hindi films. She has acted in many Yash Raj Films, starting with Yash Chopra's first production Daag: A Poem of Love (1973) and films like Chandni (1989) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). Her other noted films were Prem Pujari, Mera Naam Joker, Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Andaz, apart from acting in English films like the Mark Robson's Nine Hours to Rama (1963) and Merchant Ivory's The Householder (1963).[2] However her most noted role remained of as Balraj Sahani's wife in the Waqt (1965), where in the hit song Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen was picturised with her.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Well before becoming an actress, Achala was married to Gian Sachdev, who worked intermittently as an assistant director in Bollywood. They had at least one son, Jyotin, who is a business consultant living in the USA. They were estranged for many years.

Achala became a resident of Pune after marrying Clifford Douglas Peters who had a factory in Pune's Bhosari industrial estate named Morris Electronics, producing small electronics parts like diodes. The factory was later sold to Piramal Group.[4][5] In an almost filmy turn, Sachdev was introduced to Peters by Yash Chopra on the sets of a film in Mumbai. Peter's first wife had died by then and Sachdev herself was a divorcee. They married. Peters, a mechanical engineer, had a factory in Bhosari and the couple lived in a bungalow in the same area for a while before shifting to Hadapsar. After Peters died, Achala lived alone. Five years before her death, she gave away her flat in Pune to the Janseva Foundation, a charitable organization, on condition that they should take care of her as long as she lived.[6]

In September 2011, Achala slipped and fell in her kitchen. She sustained a fracture in her leg. After that, she was diagnosed with multiple emboli in her brain. This resulted in total paralysis and the loss of her vision. She was survived by son Jyotin. [3]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Commentary". 2 August 1947. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Achla Sachdev at msn movies
  3. ^ a b "Bollywood actress Achala Sachdev passes away". The Times of India. 30 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Achala Sachdev, original Zohra Jabeen, is dead". Indian Express. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Umesh Isalkar (22 December 2011). "Bollywood forgets an ailing Achala Sachdev". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Death report in Times of India

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