Padma Khanna

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Padma Khanna
Years active1961–present
Jagdish Sidana (m. 1986)

Padma Khanna is an Indian actress, dancer and director. She appeared mainly in Hindi and Bhojpuri films in the 1970s and 1980s. She is most remembered for her role in the film Saudagar with Amitabh Bachchan and also as Queen Kaikeyi in Ramanand Sagar's epic series Ramayan (1987–1988). She has acted in two Telugu films with N. T. Rama Rao Desoddarakulu and Rajaputra Rahasyam.

Early life[edit]

Khanna started her Kathak training when she was just about 7 by Pandit Birju Maharaj.[1] She was born in Benaras and was introduced to Bollywood under the suggestions of actresses Padmini and Vyjayanthimala.[2]


Khanna debuted as an actress in the 1961 Bhojpuri film Bhaiyya. She got her break in 1970 when she played a cabaret dancer in Johnny Mera Naam. She often played dancers, appearing in films like Loafer, Jaan-E-Bahaar and Pakeezah in which she acted as a double for Meena Kumari in the opening sequence and the songs Chalo Dildaar Chalo and Teer-E-Nazar Dekhenge. In the 1980s, she played Queen Kaikeyi in Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan which aired on Doordarshan.

In 2008, she choreographed and acted in a musical based on the epic Ramayana with 64 actors and dancers at Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, directed by her husband, Jagdish L. Sidana.[1] She also directed a Bhojpuri film, Nahir Hutal Jaya (2004).[3]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to the late film director Jagdish L. Sidana.[1]


Hindi films
Bhojpuri films
Gujarati Films
Punjabi films
Marathi film
  • Devta (1983) - Cameo in song "Khel Kunala Daivacha Kalala"
  • Maaficha Sakshidar (1986) - Cameo in song "Shama Ne Jab Aag"


  1. ^ a b c "Indian epic, universal resonance"., News. 23 October 2008.
  2. ^ Admin (20 May 2011). "Padma Khanna – Interview". Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Mr Fancy-foot in national spotlight". The Telegraph (Kolkata). 31 December 2004.

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