Leena Chandavarkar

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Leena Chandavarkar
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Leena Chandavarkar at 4th Bharat Ratan Dr. Ambedkar Awards in 2014
Native name ಲೀನಾ
Born (1950-08-29) 29 August 1950 (age 66)
Dharwad, Mysore(Now Karnataka)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968–1985
Spouse(s) Siddharth Bandodkar (widowed)
Kishore Kumar (1980–1987) (widowed)

Leena Chandavarkar is an Indian former actress who appeared in Bollywood movies and now appears in reality shows.[1]


Leena Chandavarkar was born to an Army officer in Dharwad in Karnataka in 1950.[2]


Leena Chandavarkar came into the limelight after finishing as one of the runners-up for the Fresh Face Competition organized across the country by Filmfare. Initially, she worked in advertisements but eventually ventured into films.[1] She made her debut in Man Ka Meet for Sunil Dutt, and it was his wife Nargis who groomed her to be an actress.[1] Between 1969 and 1979, Leena acted in many films. She was cast opposite many of popular heroes of that era. She gave one of her best performances in Mehboob Ki Mehndi with Rajesh Khanna in 1971.

Bairaag is another example where she acted with the great screen legend Dilip Kumar and a mighty star cast of Saira Bano, Prem Chopra and Helen.

She appeared as a guest judge for the first 2 episodes of "K for Kishore", a new reality TV singing show launched by Sony TV during December 2007.[1] She is now appearing for the reality shows. She also penned some songs for Amit Kumar and Rajesh Bambal for a music album.

Personal life[edit]

She had an arranged marriage to her first husband, Siddharth Bandodkar, who came from a prominent political family. He died from an accidental gunshot wound, a few days into the marriage, leaving Leena a widow at age 25.[3] A few years later, she defied her father by marrying singing legend Kishore Kumar. Her father initially objected because Kumar had been married three times already, and was more than 20 years older than her, but he soon came around and welcomed Kumar into the family. She has a son with Kishore Kumar named Sumit Ganguly. Kishore died in 1987, leaving Leena once again a widow at age 37. She lives with her son Sumit, her step-son Amit, his wife, and with Amit's mother.


Year Movies Role
1985 Sarfarosh (1985 film) Sita
1980 Zalim
1978 Ur Jawan
Nalayak Seema
1977 Aafat Inspector Chhaya
Aakhri Goli
Naami Chor
Yaaron Ka Yaar Bindiya
1976 Bairaag Soniya
1975 Qaid Preet
Jaggu Geeta
Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka Sonia
Apne Rang Hazaar
1974 Bidaai Padma D. Das
Chor Chor
1973 Anhonee Dr. Rekha
Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara Neela
Honeymoon Madhu Bhargav
Manchali Leena
1972 Dil Ka Raja Geeta
1971 Rakhwala Chandni
Preetam Sharan B. Sinha/Bindya
Jaane Anjaane Mala
Main Sunder Hoon Radha
Mehboob Ki Mehndi Shabana
1970 Humjoli Ranibala Rai
Jawab (1970 film) Chanchal
Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Sadhana Deepak Chaud
Man Ka Meet[1968]


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