Sadhana's name and persona conjures up images of stylish
sophistication and trend setting fashion statements. She was
the queen of style for the Indian women of the 60s. Sadhana
is at the top of every mention of style and fashion in Bollywood.
With her entrance on the scene in "Love in Simla"
 Sadhana brought a fresh new image to the Hindi film
heroine. Hers was a look of 60s modernism that coincided with
the petite slimed down fashion trends that were taking place
in Paris and New York and was exemplified by the Hollywood
actress Audrey Hepburn. It was Sadhana who brought this look
to the popular fore in India while giving the 'Breakfast At
Tiffanies' glamour her own particular Indian flavor.
A generation of Bollywood actresses copied Sadhana in
mannerism, look, and style. She will always be remembered
as a fashion icon and as such one tends to forget her other
qualities. Sadhana possessed that intangible 'star quality'
that manifested in an ethereal and enticing screen presence.
She also had great comic timing and natural grace.
Sadhana's initial popularity centered around a teenage
audience who were looking for something new. Sadhana was fresh,
modern, and most of all hip. She was someone the children
of the new rising middle class of an increasingly modern Indian
could identify with. She became the darling of the youth of
India. In the 1960s Sadhana could do no wrong and she was
absolutely plugged into the zeitgeist of fashion and trends.
Her hairstyle became known as the 'Sadhana fringe' and swept
the country. Woman flocked to her films to see what she was
wearing and invariably her costumes in films became fashion
trends on the streets. Men flocked to her films to ogle her
and the Sadhana 'type' for many became the womanly ideal.
Much has been written about Sadhana and she is one of
the legends of Bollywood. Today She is retired and lives out
of the public spotlight. Sadhana is well aware of the magic
she created on screen in the 1960s. Sadhana is active in her
own private social life and declines to be photographed in
public giving the rational of wanting her fans to remember
her the way she was when she so captivated audiences in her
memorable moments on screen.
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