Sunday, November 24, 2013


Patience Cooper (1905-1983) was a very popular and successful actress during 20's 30's and 40's who acted in silent era films and also in talkies.She belonged to the Anglo Indian Community.In 1947 she migrated to Pakistan with her husband.
She is credited with the first double roles which are as  twin sisters in 'Patni Pratap'(1923) and mother and daughter in 'Kashmir Sundari'(1924) even though in 1917 'Anna Salunke' acted as Rama and Sita in 'Lanka Dahan".
Patience Cooper rose to fame  by the film 'Nala Damayanti'(1920) in which she acted as Damayanti and actor  'Keki Adajania'  played  as 'Nala'.
Her next film 'Vishnu Avtar' (1921) was also liked by the audience.'Dhruva Charitra'(21) was also a highly acclaimed film in which she portrayed  'Maharani Suniti'- mother of Prince 'Dhruva'.
Her film 'Pati Bhakti' which contained a social message was a super hit film.It was directed by J.J.Madan.Patience Cooper acted in several films made by Madan  theatres.
'Zehari Saap' (33) was also a huge successful  film.Altogether she acted in more than 40 films in her career.
She retired in 1944 after acting in the film 'Iraada'.
Some of her memorable films are 'Noorjehan' which was directed by J.J.Madan,
Pampered Youth(1925)-Director 'J.J.Madan',
'Chandidas' (1927),
 Krishna Sakha'  which was directed by Amrit Bose,
 film 'Bhrantri',
film 'Behula' and film 'Mohini'.

was directed by S.K.Bhaduri and he was the hero in that film.  

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