The First Lady of Indian cinema

30 Mar 2019  Sat

The biggest actress of Indian cinema, Devika Rani was born on 30th March 1908 in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. She is regarded as the First Lady of Indian Cinema. Devika Rani dazzled the screens for almost 10 years in the 1930s and 40s. She made her cinema debut opposite her husband in Karma (1933).

Rani was admired both for her luminous beauty and for her sensitive acting in such films as Achhut Kanya (1936; "The Untouchable Girl"), Jeevan Prabhat (1937), Nirmala (1938), and Durga (1939).

She has won one of the highest civilian awards Padma Shri and was the first recipient of Dada Saheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement.

She acted in many women-centric films. A postage stamp commemorating her was released by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in February 2011.

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