Kalpana Mohan

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Kalpana Mohan
Born Kalpana Mohan
(1946-07-18)18 July 1946
Srinagar, India
Died 4 January 2012(2012-01-04) (aged 65)
Pune, Maharashtra
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Known for Professor

Kalpana (18 July 1946 – 4 January 2012), born Archana Mohan, was an Indian actress who worked in Hindi cinema in the 1960s. She appeared with Shammi Kapoor in the 1962 film Professor, with Shashi Kapoor and Kishore Kumar in Pyar Kiye Jaa (1966), with Dev Anand in Teen Devian, with Pradeep Kumar in Saheli and with Feroz Khan in Tasveer and Teesra Kaun. Daughter of revolutionary Avani Mohan, she was also an accomplished Kathak dancer trained under Pandit Shambhu Maharaj. She lived in Pune with her family.[1]


Early life[edit]

Kalpana Mohan was born as Archana Mohan in Srinagar on 18 July 1946. Her father, Avani Mohan, a freedom fighter, was close to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and an active member of the All India Congress Committee.


Kalpana, who was trained in Kathak, was often invited by Nehru to dance at the Rashtrapati Bhavan whenever dignitaries visited. She was spotted by actor Balraj Sahani and Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai, who encouraged her to come to Mumbai. Kalpana got her first break in the movie Professor in 1962. She took the screen name 'Kalpana' meaning 'imagination' or 'dream.'

Personal life[edit]

Kalpana was married twice, and both times for very brief periods. In the mid-1960s, as a debutante, she married and quickly divorced screenwriter and director Sachin Bhowmick. In 1967, she married a navy officer, with whom she had her only daughter. She divorced him in 1972. She continued to live in Mumbai for a while but stopped acting, allegedly depressed over her divorces.[3] She moved to Pune in the early 1990s in order to raise cash by selling her house in Mumbai for a hefty amount, buying a tiny house in the outskirts of Pune for a small amount, and using the money thus obtained for living expenses.


She died in the early hours of 4 January 2012 at the Pune Hospital and Research Centre due to cancer. She is survived by her daughter Preeti Mansukhani, son-in-law Harish and grandchildren Yash and Khushi.[4]


  1. ^ Shelke, Gitesh (3 June 2011). "Professor's beauty found". Pune Mirror. Archived from the original on 7 September 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Indian Filmography, Firoze Rangoonwalla, publisher J. Udeshi, Bombay, India, 1970.
  3. ^ DNA - Limelite - Gone with the wind, again - Daily News & Analysis
  4. ^ Shammi Kapoor’s ‘Gulbadan’, Kalpana, dies at 65 Times of India, 10 January 2012