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Manorama Biography

Manorama was a Bollywood actress since 1926 and she has been acting in Hindi cinemas from her childhood. Even though, she has acted as heroine in some of her films, she is best recognised as a comedian as well as playing lady villain roles. As an adult, she started playing leading roles in Hindi film since 1941 till 2005. Manorama was best known for her roles as a cruel aunt in films like Seeta Aur Geeta, Ek Phool Do Maali and Do Kaliyaan.

During a span of about 60 year career in film history, Manorama has acted in about 160 films. In early years, around 1940, she acted as heroine in some pictures and later she chose her roles as a comedian and a villain and this has earned her a solid place in Hindi film world and therefore, she was satisfied with playing these roles rather than a heroine. She shone as a great comedian in films such as Half Ticket, in which she acted with legendary actors like Kishore Kumar and Madhubala.

Manorama's performances in films like Dus Lakh, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Bhaje, Mehboob Ki Menhdi, Caravan, Bombay to Goa and the like were remembered even today by the Hindi film fans and others. She is born to an Indian Christian father and Irish mother and she is a trained classical dancer and a singer. Before migrating to India, she was living in Lahore, the then town of India, and she has performed stage shows, as she had abundant talents. After partition of India and Pakistan, she returned to India and lived in Mumbai.

On seeing her talents, chances came to her and she had acted in many Hindi films. Manorama is married to actor Rajan Haksar and several years of united life with her husband, they got separated. Her final appearance was in the film Water produced by Deepa Mehta and this film faced many obstructions and was released with some changes subsequently.

Manorama, an experienced and talented actress suffered from stroke in the year 2007 and died in early 2008 and she have a daughter. Her unique talents came to an end by her death.