Laxmi Chhaya

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Laxmi Chhaya
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Laxmi Chhaya dancing 'Jaan Pehechan Ho' in the 1965 film Gumnaam
Born(1948-01-07)7 January 1948
Died9 May 2004(2004-05-09) (aged 56)

Laxmi Chhaya (7 January 1948 – 9 May 2004) was an Indian actress and dancer who appeared in more than 55 Bollywood and Marathi films in the 1960s and 1970s, including Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Teesri Manzil, Naunihal (1967), Baharon Ke Sapne, Mere Huzoor (1968) Duniya and Bindiya Aur Bandook.[1][2][3][4][5] She may be best known in the United States as the masked dancer in the dance segment Jaan Pehechan Ho from the 1965 movie Gumnaam, portions of which were included in the opening credits of the 2001 U.S. film Ghost World.

Chhaya's film career extended from 1961 through at least 1982. After retiring from cinema, Chhaya taught dancing to indigent children. She died of cancer in Mumbai in 2004 at the age of 56.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Listener's Bulletin No. 125, September 2004, p 4.
  2. ^ a b Laxmi Chhaya & Dilawar Khan 4 June 2004[dead link]
  3. ^ IMDB filmography
  4. ^ List of films at
  5. ^ "The Man Who Loved Women". Archived from the original on 23 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-15.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link), Khalid Mohamed, The Asian Age, 15 October 2011

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