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Tanuja is a Actor Indian born on 23 september 1943 at Mumbai (Inde)


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Nationality Inde
Birth 23 september 1943 (79 years) at Mumbai (Inde)
Awards Filmfare Awards

Tanuja Mukherjee (nee Samarth), popularly known as Tanuja, is an Indian film actress. She is the mother of Hindi film actresses, Kajol and Tanisha, and is most remembered for her roles in Hindi films like Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi (1966), Jewel Thief, Haathi Mere Saathi (1971), and Anubhav (1971). Simultaneously she appeared in Marathi, Bengali and Gujarati films like, Zaakol, Pitruroon (Marathi), Naari tu Narayani'(Gujarati), and several Bengali films such as Antony Phiringee, Deya Neya, Teen Bhuvaner Parey (1969), Prothom Kadam Phool, and Rajkumari.


Personal life

Tanuja was born in a Marathi family of four children,three daughters and a son, as Tanuja Samarth to poet Kumarsen Samarth and his wife Shobhna Samarth. Kumarsen was a director and cinematographer. Tanuja's parents parted amicably while she was still a child, and Shobhana became linked to actor Motilal.[2] Shobhana produced debut films for Tanuja and her older sister, Nutan. She has two other sisters Chatura, an artist, and Reshma, neither of whom took to acting. Nutan's son, Mohnish Behl is also an actor as are Tanuja's daughters Kajol and Tanisha Mukherjee. Kajol is married to actor Ajay Devgan.

Tanuja was married to Shomu Mukherjee (1943–2008) from 1973 to 2008. He died on April 10, 2008 from a heart attack aged 64.

She started her film career with her older sister Nutan in Hamari Beti (1950) as Baby Tanuja. As an adult, she debuted in the film Chhabili (1960) which was directed by her mother and had her sister, Nutan, in the lead. The film that truly marked her transition into adult heroine came with Hamari Yaad Aayegi (1961), directed by Kidar Sharma, who had earlier discovered Raj Kapoor, Madhubala and Geeta Bali.

One of her early films, noticeable for her acting, was Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi (1966), directed by Shaheed Latif. Incidentally it was Guru Dutt team's last offering, especially visible in the song, "Woh Hanske Mile Humse" (believed to have been picturized while Guru Dutt was still alive) who worked hard to help her "tone down" her performance. The result was that the natural, spontaneous performer gave a highly restrained performance which became the highlight of the film — as well of her career — as she moved to lead roles soon after. Tanuja had an important supporting role in the hit film, Jewel Thief. Her next big film was with Jeetendra, Jeene Ki Raah (1969), an immediate and surprise hit. In the same year, Tanuja won the Best Supporting Actress Filmfare Award for Paisa Ya Pyar. After the success of Haathi Mere Saathi (1971), she acted in Door Ka Raahi, Mere jeevan Saathi, Do Chor and Ek Baar Muskara Do (1972), Kaam Chor, Yaarana, Khuddar, and Masoom. Some of the other films she has acted in are Pavitra Paapi, Bhoot Bangla, and Anubhav. Some of her Marathi films are 'Zaakol', 'Unad Maina' and Pitruroon.

During the mid 1960s Tanuja started a parallel career in Bengali movies in Kolkata starting with Deya Neya (1963) where she was paired opposite Uttam Kumar. She followed it up with Anthony-Firingee (1967) and Rajkumari (1970). Tanuja had on-screen chemistry with Soumitra Chatterjee with whom she made some films like Teen Bhuvaner Parey (1969) and Prothom Kadam Phool. Tanuja spoke her own lines in these Bengali films.

Afterward, Tanuja retired from films for a number of years but came back when her marriage ended. She was now offered supporting roles often starring former heroes. Her Pyar Ki Kahani hero Amitabh Bachchan had to call her "bhabhi" (sister-in-law) in Khuddar (1982). She also played a supporting role in Raj Kapoor's Prem Rog (1982).

She has recently appeared in such films as Saathiya (2002), Rules: Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula (2003), and Khakee (2003) as a supporting actress.

In 2008, Tanuja starred as a judge along with Kajol and Ajay Devgan on Zee TV's family dance series Rock and Roll Family.

In 2013 Tanuja played a widow in Marathi film 'Pitruroon' made by Nitish Bharadwaj. For her role as widow Tanuja has tonsured her head to make her character look authentic.

Usually with

Kader Khan
Kader Khan
(10 films)
(10 films)
Asit Sen
Asit Sen
(10 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Tanuja (89 films)

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Son of Sardaar, 2h21
Directed by Ashwni Dhir
Genres Comedy, Action, Romance
Actors Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla, Mukul Dev, Salman Khan
Roles Bebe
Rating41% 2.0530552.0530552.0530552.0530552.053055
The story revolves around two families, whose patriarch killed each other many years ago. Their respective sons, Jaswinder Randhawa and Balwinder Singh, are sworn enemies. Jaswinder has been in hiding in London, whereas Balwinder is waiting for his return in Punjab so he can avenge the death of his father.
Toonpur Ka Superrhero, 1h45
Directed by Kireet Khurana
Origin Inde
Genres Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Bollywood
Actors Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Tanuja, Amey Pandya, Sanjay Mishra, Delnaaz Irani
Roles Priya's Mom
Rating42% 2.1197952.1197952.1197952.1197952.119795
The story is based on Aditya Kumar (Ajay Devgan), a famous actor who plays a very famous superhero on TV, who lives with his family which consists of his wife and two children. He consistently tries to explain to his son that all cartoons are fake and he shouldn't waste his time watching them, to which his son replies, he is also a fake hero as stuntmen do the real action. Humiliated, he leaves home, and is soon kidnapped by the cartoons his son watches. Unbelievable, a group of cartoons named Devtoons from a cartoon world named Toonpur would like Aditya to fight their enemy Jagaru and leave Toonpur in peace.
Haal-e-Dil (2008)

Directed by Anil Devgan
Genres Drama, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Musical films
Actors Nakuul Mehta, Adhyayan Suman, Amita Pathak, Kajol, Ajay Devgn, Mukesh Tiwari
Rating35% 1.759291.759291.759291.759291.75929
While traveling by train Shekhar attempts to woo Sanjana Sharma, but finds out she had given her heart to a former boyfriend, Rohit, who is no more. Both share some misadventures en route to Simla, and upon arrival Shekhar openly declares his love for her knowing fully that this decision will bring nothing but heartbreak for him
Deewaar: Let's Bring Our Heroes Home, 2h41
Directed by Milan Luthria
Genres Drama, Action
Actors Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Akshaye Khanna, Piyush Mishra, Amrita Rao, Kay Kay Menon
Roles Ranvir Kaul's wife
Rating60% 3.0006253.0006253.0006253.0006253.000625
Major Ranvir Kaul (Amitabh Bachchan) is a prisoner of war who was captured along with over 50 soldiers by Pakistani soldiers in 1971 during the war between India and Pakistan.
Khakee (2004)
, 2h54
Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi
Origin Inde
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Political films, Bollywood
Actors Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Aishwarya Rai, Prakash Raj, Kamlesh Sawant
Roles Dr. Iqbal Ansari's mother
Rating73% 3.697743.697743.697743.697743.69774
Maharashtra Police seizes a large quantity of arms from a house in the communal riot torn town of Chandangarh. The house belongs to Dr. Iqbal Ansari (Atul Kulkarni), a Muslim doctor. The police conclude that he is an agent for ISI, and is responsible for engineering the riots. Ansari is arrested as per Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 and is set to be presented before a special court in Mumbai. However, the convoy of police vehicles transporting Ansari from Chandangarh is ambushed by an unknown group. The police team somehow manages to secure him, but suffers heavy casualties. The unknown group, presumed to be terrorists, seems determined to free Ansari from the government's custody.
Rules - Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Milind Soman, Tanuja, Meera Vasudevan, Rajendranath Zutshi, Asif Basra, Manish Prakash Chaudhari
Roles Grandmother (Dadi)
Rating63% 3.195173.195173.195173.195173.19517
Radha (Meera Vasudevan) is with an advertising agency, and has a chance to see and meet prominent models. She meets her dream boy, Vikram Verma (Milind Soman), on one such day. Needless to state, she is madly in love with him, but he has eyes for his girlfriend, the gorgeous model, Maggie (Namrata Barua). Radha's attempts to make him notice her are in vain, and in desperation she confides in her grandma (Tanuja), for a solution. Her grandma, who wants Radha to get over her crush and get on with her life, instructs her to follow a number of simple rules, which will make Vikram notice her.
Bhoot (2003)
, 1h53
Directed by Ram Gopal Varma
Origin Inde
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about music and musicians, Ghost films, Musical films, Bollywood
Actors Ajay Devgn, Urmila Matondkar, Fardeen Khan, Rekha, Nana Patekar, Seema Biswas
Roles Mrs. Khosla
Rating63% 3.1986653.1986653.1986653.1986653.198665
The story is about Vishal (Ajay Devgn) who is married to Swati (Urmila Matondkar). The couple buy a high rise apartment at a ridiculously low price. The caretaker of the apartment, Mr Thakkar (Amar Talwar) explains to Vishal that a widow named Manjeet Khosla (Barkha Madan), the previous resident, committed suicide after killing her own son. Vishal hides this fact from Swati, as she will object to buying such a residence. But Mr.Thakkar accidentally slips in the secret.
Saathiya (2002)
, 2h18
Origin Inde
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Bollywood
Actors Rani Mukherjee, Vivek Oberoi, Tanuja, Shahrukh Khan, Tabu, Sharat Saxena
Roles Shobhana Sharma
Rating67% 3.3972753.3972753.3972753.3972753.397275
Aditya (Vivek Oberoi) and his friends are searching for Aditya's wife Suhani (Rani Mukherji). She has been missing for hours, a few days after having a fight with Aditya, due to their failing marriage. But Aditya now realizes that he loves her more than anything and is devastated that he can't find her.
Swami Vivekananda
Directed by Ganapathi Venkatrama Iyer
Origin Inde
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about religion
Actors Mithun Chakraborty, Sarvadaman D. Banerjee, Pradeep Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor, Mammootty
Roles Bhuvaneswari Devi (mother of Vivekananda)
Rating65% 3.2855853.2855853.2855853.2855853.285585
The film mainly captures the events of Vivekananda's life from his birth to 1897, when he returned to India from the West. The film begins with the birth of Narendranath Datta (pre-monastic name of Swami Vivekananda) and shows the neighbors and relatives of Datta family celebrating the event. It immediately moves to the scene where Narendranath sees his father Vishwanath Datta is donating money, clothes, food to poor and distressed people. Seeing this, young Narendranath asks his father to give him something too, and his father tells him to go and look at mirror and find what he had already given him. Following his father's suggestion, Narndranath goes to the room, sees his image in the mirror.
Aaja Sanam
Aaja Sanam (1994)

Actors Feroz Khan, Mohnish Bahl, Tanuja, Bipin Gupta, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Mukri
Rating62% 3.1483.1483.1483.1483.148
Dr. Satish travels from the big city to a small village, where he can serve the poor who cannot afford to go to the city for medical treatment. Once in the village, he meets with Shanti, who lives with her dad, Radhekiran, a watchman. Both Shanti and Satish fall in love, and exchange vows to be married. Radhekiran has an accident, and dies, leaving Shanti to re-locate, without notifying Satish. Satish is devastated at losing Shanti, and tries to locate her, to no avail. His parents want him to marry Kamini, and he agrees to do so. It is then he comes across Shanti, and he is shocked to see that Shanti has given birth to baby-boy, but will not disclose who the father is.
Aatish: Feel the Fire, 2h35
Directed by Sanjay Gupta
Genres Action, Crime
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Bollywood
Actors Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Pancholi, Karisma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Gulshan Grover, Shakti Kapoor
Rating59% 2.9530752.9530752.9530752.9530752.953075
Baba and Avinash are brothers who lives in a shanty house with their widowed mother, who makes a living as a housemaid. When a stalker attempts to rape their mother, Baba knives him to death, and the three, along with an orphan named Nawab, take shelter with an underworld don named Uncle. Baba would like Avinash to study and become a better person, and in order to do this he decides to make crime his career. When Avinash completes his studies and wants to enroll himself in the police academy, Baba helps him monetarily by accepting his first contract killing. Avinash does complete his training at the police academy and soon becomes a police inspector. One of his first assignments is to be apprehend and arrest Baba and Nawab - much to his shock, as he had never associated his very own brother of having any criminal background. Avinash must now decide to proceed on with apprehending Baba and Nawab, or quit from the police force.