Achala Sachdev

3 May 1920
30 Apr 2012
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Achala Sachdev (3 May 1920 – 30 April 2012) was an Indian film actress from Peshawar who started her career as a child actor. She later became known for mother and grandmother roles in Hindi films. Her most memorable roles were as Balraj Sahni’s wife in 1965 film Waqt and Kajol’s grandmother in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995).

Sachdev was born in Peshawar in 1920.

Achala worked for All India Radio, Lahore before Indian partition and then at Delhi All India Radio. Achala made her film debut with Fashionable Wife (1938), and acted in over 130 Hindi films. She has acted in many Yash Raj Films, starting with Yash Chopra’s first production Daag: A Poem of Love (1973) and films like Chandni (1989) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). Her other noted films were Prem Pujari, Mera Naam Joker, Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Andaz, apart from acting in English films like the Mark Robson’s Nine Hours to Rama (1963) and Merchant Ivory’s The Householder (1963). However her most noted role remained of as Balraj Sahani’s wife in the Waqt (1965), where in the hit song Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen was picturised with her.

Achala became a resident of Pune after marrying Clifford Douglas Peters who had a factory in Pune’s Bhosari industrial estate named Morris Electronics, producing small electronics parts like diodes. The factory was later sold to Piramal Group. Achala has one child, son Jyotin from her first marriage who lives in the US, two grandchildren and one grandson.

In September 2011, Achala slipped and fell in her kitchen. She sustained a fracture in her leg. After that, she was diagnosed with multiple emboli in her brain. This resulted in total paralysis and the loss of her vision. She was survived by son Jyotin.

Selected filmography
Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002)
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)
Dahek (1999)
Dil Kya Kare (1999)
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Chandni (1989)
Love & God (1986)
Mangal Dada (1986)
Tumhari Kasam (1978)
Amaanat (1977)
Chailla Babu (1977)
Chandi Sona (1977)
Karm (1977)
Laila Majnu (1976)
Julie (1975)
Trimurti (1974)
Geeta Mera Naam (1974)
Kora Kagaz (1974) – Mrs. Gupta (as Achla Sachdev)
Parinay (1974)
Anamika (1973)
Daag: A Poem of Love (1973)
Hanste Zakhm (1973)
Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971)
Paraya Dhan (1971)
Albela (1971)
Andaz (1971)
Chahat (1971)
Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)
Heer Ranjha (1970)
Mera Naam Joker (1970)
Pavitra Paapi (1970) … Maya
Prem Pujari (1970)
Bandhan (1969)
Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969)
Juari (1968)
Kanyadaan (1968)
Mere Hamdam Mere Dost (1968)
Sapno Ka Saudagar (1968)
Hamraaz (1967)
Shagird (1967)
Dil Ne Pukara (1967)
Aag (1967)
Akashdeep (1965)
Bahu Beti (1965)
Himalaya Ki God Mein (1965)
Janwar (1965)
Mere Sanam (1965)
Waqt (1965)
Arzoo (1965)
Chitralekha (1964)
Haqeeqat (1964)
Raaj Kumar (1964)
Sangam (1964)
Shagun (1964)
Dil Ek Mandir (1963)
Meri Surat Teri Ankhen (1963)
Manmauji (1962)
Mehandi Lagi Mere Haath (1962)
Jhoola (1962)
Salam Memsaheb (1961)
Sampoorna Ramayana (1961)
Nazrana (1961)
Chhote Nawab (1961)
Shravan Kumar (1960)
Zameen Ke Tare (1960)
Manzil (1960)
Kalpana (1960)
Angulimaal (1960)
Char Dil Char Rahen (1959)
Adalat (1958)
Miss Mary (1957)
Pardesi (1957)
Hum Panchi Ek Daal Ke (1957)
Bandhan (1956)
Sabse Bada Rupaiya (1955)
Naukri (1954)
Munna (1954)
Chandni Chowk (1954)
Foot Path (1953)
Rahi (1952)
Anhonee (1952)
Maa (1952)
Resham (1952)
Sheesha (1952)
Kashmir (1951)
Shokiyan (1951)
Kashmir (1951)
Dilruba (1950)
Fashionable Wife (1938)

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