Kamal Sadanah

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Kamal Sadanah
Born (1970-10-21) 21 October 1970 (age 51)
Years active1990 - 2007
Spouse(s)Lisa John
ChildrenAngath Sadanah
Parent(s)Brij Sadanah (Father)
Saeeda Khan (Mother)
RelativesNamrata Sadanah (Sister)

Kamal Sadanah (born 21 October 1970) is an Indian actor, producer and director. He is the son of producer and director Brij Sadanah.


Kamal made his acting debut alongside Kajol in the 1992 film Bekhudi which did not perform well at the box office.[1] In 1993, he achieved greater success in Rang in which he acted along with the late Divya Bharti.[2] He subsequently acted in a string of films throughout the 1990s but failed to achieve the same level of success as Rang and, at the end of the decade, took a hiatus from acting for several years. He returned to the acting industry in 2006 with a role in the Zee TV television serial Kasam Se.[3]

In 2005, he turned producer and director making his directorial debut with a small-budget film titled Karkash. In 2007, he acted in and produced Victoria No. 203 which is a remake of his father's 1972 hit film of the same title. In 2014, he wrote and directed Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans which was released on 31 October 2014.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Kamal Sadanah is the son of producer and director Brij Sadanah and actress Sayeeda Khan. While his father was a Hindu, his mother was a Muslim. Kamal had a sister named Namrata.

On 21 October 1990, which was Kamal's 20th birthday, a tragic event occurred which deprived Kamal of his entire family. While Kamal was making arrangements for the birthday party which was to be held that evening, a quarrel broke out between his parents in the lower floor of the house followed by gunshots. Kamal investigated and found both his mother and sister shot and unconscious. Kamal said that his father, who was inebriated, also aimed a shot at him but missed upon which Kamal lost consciousness. When waking in a hospital, he was informed that after shooting the two women, Brij Sadanah had turned the pistol upon himself and committed suicide.[5]

Two years later Kamal made his debut as hero with the film Bekhudi, released in July 1992. His next film, Rang, was successful and he followed this success with ten additional starring roles throughout the 1990s.[6] Most of these films other films met with tepid responses from the audience, and Kamal subsequently left the film industry until 2005.

During this hiatus Kamal married make-up artist Lisa John. They have two children together, a son named Angath and a daughter named Namrata in honor of Kamal's late sister. Kamal has named his production company 'Angath Arts Private Limited ' after his son.

In 2005, Kamal appeared as a hero for the last time in the film Karkash opposite Suchitra Pillai. The two actors co-produced the film, which was directed by Kamal. This was an effort by both actors to revitalize their careers, along with their finances. However, the film received a limited release and did not do well. In 2007, Kamal produced the film Victoria No. 203, which was directed by Anant Mahadevan. The resulting film was an almost frame-by-frame remake of his father's film Victoria No. 203 which had been a superhit in 1972. The remake performed poorly at the box office.


  • All films are in Hindi, unless otherwise noted.

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1992 Bekhudi
1993 Rang
1994 Fauj
Baali Umar Ko Salaam
1995 Jai Maa Vaishnav Devi
Hum Sab Chor Hain
Rock Dancer
1996 Hum Hain Premi
1997 Nirnayak
1998 Mohabbat Aur Jung
1999 Jaalsaaz
2000 Kaali Topi Laal Rumaal
2005 Karkash
2007 Victoria No. 203

As Director[edit]

Year Film Notes
2005 Karkash
2014 Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans

As Producer[edit]

Year Film
1990 C.I.D.
2007 Victoria No. 203


  1. ^ "Get ready for Victoria No. 203". Rediff.com. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  2. ^ Rang, retrieved 19 May 2020
  3. ^ Kasamh Se, retrieved 19 May 2020
  4. ^ Hear the Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans
  5. ^ Vishwas Kulkarni (4 October 2009). "Kamal Sadanah remembers the shootout". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  6. ^ "Kamal Sadanah". IMDb. Retrieved 19 May 2020.

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