Sulochana, born as Ruby Myers at Pune in 1907 was a telephone operator who was not having any prior acting experience when Mohan Bhavnani of Kohinoor Film Company approached her with an offer to give her roles in their silent films.She immediately rejected the offer since in those days acting was not a dignified profession for girls from respected families.He tried to persuade her by stressing about the fame and money she could achieve from film field and finally she agreed to to act in films.She became a superstar very soon in the silent era, and she was victorious in the talkies period also by overcoming her limitations of Hindi language.She was once the highest paid actress at Bollywood during her peak popularity period.
She was much active during 20's and 30's when many of her films were hits.
Sulochana was the screen name which she accepted herself and she became very popular with the films
Typist Girl(26), Balidan aka Sacrifice (1927) and Wild cat of Bombay(27).In the film 'Wild cat of Bombay' she appeared in 8 different characters such as 'a gardener, a policeman,a Hyderabad gentleman, a banana seller, a European Blonde etc' which received much appreciation.She was tremendously versatile in playing any kind of roles.
Some of her super hit films of the silent era were remade later as talkies.Romantic super hits of 1928-29 by director R.S.Choudhary, Madhuri(1928),Anarkali(28) and Indira BA(1929) reappeared with sound. As sound films Madhuri was released in 1932,Anarkali in 35, Indiara BA as Indira MA in 1936.
Wild Cat of Bombay reappeared in sound as Bambai Ki Billi in 1936.Because of her wide popularity one film was released in her name as 'Sulochana'.
Sulochana launched Ruby pictures in the mid 30's.
Actor Bilimoria and Ruby Myers were a successful pair in several films mostly during the period 1933- 1939.
She was awarded 'Dada Saheb Phalke Award' by Government of India in 1973
which is the highest cinema award for her lifetime achievement in films.
She died in the year 1983.
Wildcat of Bombay
Bambai ki Billi
Magic of Baghdad
Magic of Baghdad