Remember Rangoon? Not the place but the 2017 critically acclaimed film directed by Vishal Bharadwaj? Well, the character that Kangana Ranaut played in the film was loosely based on the life of Fearless Nadia, Indian cinema's first stuntwoman. It's her 110th birth anniversary today and Google has decided to pay her a tribute.
Originally from Australia, Nadia was lauded for her daredevil stunts in various films. Here are some facts and rare pictures of India's one of the oldest stars.
Born in 1908 in Perth, Australia, Nadia came to India at the age of five. While growing up she became proficient in various skills such as horseback riding, fishing, shooting, gymnastics, tap dancing, ballet.
Her skills and fearless attitude helped her entertain people in the circus, which gave her a chance to travel all around India. This was the time when she gave herself a new stage name 'Nadia'.
With her athleticism, physical capabilities and gorgeous looks, she soon gained the attention of filmmaker and producer Jamshed Boman Homi Wadia.
Soon, she married Homi Wadia in 1961 and became Nadia Wadia.
Her 1935 film Hunterwali, was the most talked about film. The film was one of its kind and is known as one of the oldest female-centric films of India.
Her larger than life persona and the daredevil stunts cemented a different place in the industry.
She also worked in other films like Noor-e-Yaman and Desh Deepak but nothing could beat the appreciation that she got for Hunterwali.
Kangana Ranaut’s character “Jaanbaaz Miss Julia” in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon was based on Nadia's life.
“Her movie characters personified freedom, equality, and ironically, presented a picture of what the new Indian woman should aspire to be in a soon to be independent India," said Roy Wadia, great nephew of Mary Ann Evans and grandson of JBH to Australia Unlimited, which was then re-quoted by Indian Express.
Nadia died at the age of 88 on 9th January 1996.
Even though it's been more than 20 years that she left us, her legacy still lives on!
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