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Florence Ezekiel Nadira
Nadira in Shree 420 (1955)
|Died||9 February 2006 (aged 73)|
Florence Ezekiel Nadira (5 December 1932 – 9 February 2006), commonly known as Nadira, was an actress in Indian cinema. She is best remembered for her performance in films in the 1950s and 1960s such as Aan (1952), Shree 420 (1955), Pakeezah (1972) and Julie (1975), which won her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.
Nadira was born to a Baghdadi Jewish family. She is survived by two brothers, one of whom lives in the United States and another in Israel. Nadira was introduced to the film industry by Sardar Akhtar, wife of film director Mehboob Khan, in the film Aan.
Nadira rose to cinematic prominence with the 1952 film Aan, with her role as a Rajput princess. She did a bold scene in the movie. In 1955, she played a rich socialite named Maya in Shree 420. She played pivotal roles in a number of films such as Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai, Hanste Zakhm, Amar Akbar Anthony and Pakeezah. She was often cast as a temptress or vamp, and played opposite the chaste heroines then favoured by the Bollywood film industry.
Nadira won a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her role as Julie's mother Margaret, 'Maggie', in the 1975 film Julie. During the 1980s and 1990s, she entered a new phase of her career, playing elderly women as a supporting actress. Her last role was in the film Josh (2000). In her longtime career, because of her western attire, her character in most of her memorable movies was Christian or Anglo-Indian. One notable exception can be found in the movie Aan, opposite Dilip Kumar, where she played a Rajput princess. Also, in Shree 420 there was no religious affiliation shown explicitly: her character was named Maya, which is not necessarily a Christian name. In fact, Maya is a quite common name in India, coming from the Sanskrit word for illusion.
She was well paid for her efforts and was one of the first Indian actresses to own a Rolls-Royce.
For the last part of her life, she lived alone in Mumbai, as many of her relatives had moved to Israel, staying for the last three years in her condominium with only a housekeeper.
|2001||Zohra Mahal||Zohra Mahal|
|1997||Margarita (Zee TV)||(TV serial)|
|1995||Ek Tha Rusty (TV series)|
|1991||Hassan Da Chor|
|1984||Kim (TV serial)||Widow of Kulu|
|1982||Raaste Pyar Ke|
|1979||Duniya Meri Jeb Mein|
|1979||Bin Phere Hum Tere|
|1977||Aap Ki Khatir|
|1977||Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka||Heera (Jamundas' wife)|
|1977||Amar Akbar Anthony||Stepmother|
|1977||Paapi||Old lady hit by Vikram's car|
|1975||Julie||Margaret 'Maggie' (Julie's Mom)|
|1975||Kahte Hain Mujhko Raja|
|1974||Ishq Ishq Ishq|
|1974||Woh Main Nahin|
|1973||Ek Nari Do Roop|
|1973||Pyaar Ka Rishta|
|1971||Kahin Aar Kahin Paar|
|1972||Pakeezah||Madame Gauhar Jaan|
|1971||Bombay Talkie||Anjana Devi|
|1970||Ishq Par Zor Nahin|
|1970||Safar||Mrs. Kapoor (Shekhar's mom)|
|1969||Insaaf Ka Mandir|
|1969||Jahan Pyar Mile|
|1969||Talash||Flirtatious lady in red sari|
|1968||Kahin Din Kahin Raat||Mrs.Indrani|
|1968||Sapnon Ka Saudagar||Ranjana's mother|
|1963||Meri Surat Teri Ankhen|
|1965||Chhoti Chhoti Baatein|
|1960||Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai||Mrs. Kusum Sushil Verma|
- The Queens of Bollywood - When Jewish women were the leading ladies of Indian cinema. Audio podcast by Eric Molinsky discussing Nadira and other Jewish women in Indian cinema
- Nadira on IMDb