Bollywood actress Sadhana died Dec. 25 after a brief illness in Mumbai, India.  She was 74.

The star of such 1960s and ’70s hits as “Hum Dono,” “Parakh,” “Waqt” and “Arzoo” retired from film after being diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, which caused a disorder in her eyes.

Born in Karachi, in what is now Pakistan, Sadhana Shivdasani was named for another actress, Sadhona Bose. Home-schooled until age 8, Sadhana, who went by only her first name professionally, entered films after the family fled for India after Partition and settled in Bombay.

At age 15, she was approached by producers who had seen her in a school play. Her first film was 1958’s “Abaana,” a Sindhi-language movie. She was noticed by producer Shashdhar Mukherjee, who enrolled her in his acting school.

Her big break came in his 1960 Filmalaya production “Love in Simla,” in which she, and her hairstyle — which included bangs — were a big hit. She went on to act in several blockbusters for the big directors of the day such as Bimal Roy (“Parakh”), H.S. Rawail (“Mere Mereboob”) and Raj Khosla (“Ek Musafir Ek  Hasina”). Sadhana was dubbed Mystery Girl for a while because of the many thrillers she starred in, including “Woh Kaun Thi” and “Anita.”

Not only were her films big hits, but so also were songs from “O Sajana” in “Parakh” to  “Mere Mehboob’s” title number.

But after being diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, she retired from films. Her last credit was in 1994’s “Ulfat ki Nayee Manzilen.”

Sadhana married her “Love in Simla” director Ram Krishna Nayyar, who preceded her in death in 1995. They had no children.

Tributes poured in from her peers. Singer Lata Mangeshkar, who voiced Sadhana’s big hits, tweeted, “She was a great artist.”