Kalpana Kartik

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Kalpana Kartik
Born Mona Singha
(1931-09-19) 19 September 1931 (age 86)
Lahore, Punjab, British India (present-day Punjab, Pakistan)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1951–1957
Spouse(s) Dev Anand (m. 1954–2011; his death)
Children 2; including Suneil Anand

Kalpana Kartik (born Mona Singha; 19 September 1931) is a retired Hindi film actress. She starred in six films in the 1950s. She is the wife of Hindi film actor and film maker Late Dev Anand.[1]

Mona Singha was a beauty queen while studying at St. Bede's College, Shimla. She was introduced to films by Chetan Anand of Navketan Films with the film Baazi in 1951. She co-starred with Dev Anand, whom she worked with in all her subsequent films. Her screen name - Kalpana Kartik - was given to her by Chetan Anand during this period.[2]

Her other films were Aandhiyan (1952), Humsafar (1953), Taxi Driver (1954), House No. 44 (1954) and Nau Do Gyaraah (1957).


Mona Singha, aka Kalpana Kartik, was born in a Punjabi Christian family in Lahore.[3] Her father was a Tehsildar of Batala in Gurdaspur District, and she was the youngest of five brothers and two sisters. After the partition, her family moved to Shimla. She was a student of the prestigious St. Bede's College, Shimla. In her graduation year, she won the Ms. Shimla contest and was noticed by Chetan Anand, a film-maker from Bombay. He was there with his wife Uma Anand, whose mother is Mona's cousin.[4] He convinced her family to allow her to join his fledgling film company, Navketan Films, as a leading lady. Thus, Mona Singha was re-christened Kalpana Kartik and she moved to Bombay (now known as Mumbai). Her first film Baazi was a huge success and went on to become a landmark in Indian cinema. Baazi was a gamble that defined the destinies of many luminaries all of whom got a career boost from the film.[citation needed]

Kalpana Kartik, became a part of Navketan when it was beginning to spread its wings. She was associated with the film company during its most momentous years. She started with Baazi, the debut of Guru Dutt and ended with Nau Do Gyarah, the debut film of Vijay Anand. Between these two films came Taxi Driver, which was the 'coming of age' film of the Navketan banner. It was Navketan's first super-success and also the film on whose sets Dev Anand secretly married Kalpana Kartik during a lunch break. Kalpana's time in Navketan saw four different directors take reign - Guru Dutt, Chetan Anand, S. D. Burman and Vijay Anand.

Kalpana Kartik worked as an associate producer for Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963), Jewel Thief (1967), Prem Pujari (1970), Shareef Budmaash (1973), Heera Panna (1973), and Jaaneman (1976). Dev Anand played the lead role in these movies.

Personal life[edit]

In 1954, Mona and Dev Anand got married secretly while on a break during the shooting of Taxi Driver.[5] They became parents in 1956 when Suneil Anand was born. They also have a daughter named Devina. After Nau Do Gyarah, Kalpana quit films to become a home maker. Suneil has also acted in films.[6]


As an actor
No. Movie Character Year
1 Baazi Rajani 1951
2 Aandhiyan Janaki 1952
3 Humsafar - 1953
4 Taxi Driver Mala 1954
5 House No. 44 Nimmo 1955
6 Nau Do Gyarah Raksha 1957
As an associate producer
No. Movie Year
1 Tere Ghar Ke Samne 1963
2 Jewel Thief 1967
3 Prem Pujari 1970
4 Shareef Budmaash 1973
5 Heera Panna 1973
6 Jaaneman 1976


  1. ^ "Yesteryear actor Kalpana Kartik leading a quiet life". India Today. 23 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  2. ^ Anand, Dev (2007). Romancing with Life - an autobiography. Penguin Viking. p. 108. ISBN 0-670-08124-8. 
  3. ^ Massey, Reginald (2011-12-14). "Dev Anand: Actor and director who towered over India's film industry - Obituaries - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  4. ^ http://cineplot.com/kalpana-kartik-interview/
  5. ^ "Metro Plus Delhi / Cinema : A family drive". The Hindu. 2008-11-01. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Kalpana Kartik - Biography, Photo, Movies, Kalpana Kartik Wallpapers, Videos, Songs". Chakpak.com. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 

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