Bollywood’s Achala Sachdev dies

Character actress was featured in 'Waqt'

Bollywood thesp Achala Sachdev, who appeared in such hits as “Waqt” (Time), died Sunday in Pune, India, of respiratory failure. She was 88 and had been bedridden for the past six months after a fall.

In the 1965 pic she portrayed lead Balraj Sahni’s wife, to whom Sahni’s character sings the famous song “Ai mere zohara jabeen.” Among her last roles was 1995 blockbuster “Dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge” (Brave Heart Wins the Girl), which remixed that number.

Born in Peshawar, in what is now Pakistan, Sachdev acted in some 150 pics starting with 1950’s “Dilruba,” mostly in supporting roles. By the 1970s she was playing the lead’s mother, as in “Prem pujari,” “Mera naam Joker,” “Hare Rama hare Krishna” and “Andaz.” In “Dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge” she played the heroine’s grandmother.

Her last role was in 2002’s “Fashion.”

Amitabh Bachchan, who acted with her in “Ganga ki saugand,” called Sachdev “as benevolent and soft hearted in personal life as in the characters she played onscreen.”

Survivors include a son.

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