Saturday, August 30, 2014


Bollywood actress Manorama was active  for six decades in the film industry and was   entered as a child artist in films as Baby Iris.
Her real name was 'Erin Issac Daniel' and was born on August 16, in Lahore.
After acting in child roles for many years she acted in lead roles of some films and after her marriage with actor Rajan Haksar she confined to character roles.She was brilliant to portray villainous Aunt  roles,Comedy roles and mostly handled character roles with a comedy touch.Her comedy aunties in films like Half ticket were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience in the early films and later she got accolades for films like Seeta aur Geeta,Ek Phool Do Maali,Do Kaliyan' etc in such kind of roles.
Manorama was a trained singer and dancer and her earlier Punjabi film like 'Lachcha' in lead roles  were super hits.Some of her well appreciated films include 'Dus Lakh,Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje,Mujhe Jene Do,Mehboob Ki Mehndi,Caravan,Bombay to Goa,Lawaris' etc.
As a child artist she acted in the film 'Seeta' as the childhood role  of Princess Kaushalya.
In the movie 'Annapurnar  Mandir' she depicted Devi Annapurna' and in the 1938 film 'Hal Bangla' she acted in an important role.
After partition she came to Bombay and there she was introduced to Producers and Directors by actor Chandramohan.
In the super hit film 'Ghar Ki Izzat'(48) she acted as the sister of Dilip Kumar.
Gope,Jevan Mumtaz Shanti etc acted in it.
'Parineeta' was a hit film of Ashok Kumar,Meena Kumari as the lead pair directed by Bimal Roy in 1953.
She portrayed Lata's(Nanda) Sister-in-law in the film Bhabhi(57) in which Balraj Sahni,Nanda,Shyama,Omprakash,Durga Khote,Jagdeep etc acted.
In the film 'Shaadi' she acted along with Balraj Sahni,Manoj Kumar,Dharmendra etc as the character Mrs.Motilal.
In the 1964 film 'Raj Kumar' she acted as 'Maharani Kalavanti' in which the Maharajah was portrayed by Prithviraj Kapoor.Shammi Kapoor,Sadhana,Pran,Omprakash,Achala Sachdev etc were the other actors.
She acted along with Gemini Ganesan,S.A.Asokan,R.S.Manohar etc in the Tamil film 'Vallavanukku Vallavan'(65).
In the Dev Anand film 'Gambler'(71) directed by Amarjeet, she played the role as Ram's(Sudheer) Aunt.
Her mental patient role in 'Naya Din Nayi Raat,Aunt's role in Seeta Aur Geeta,Mamiji in 'Dulhan', Kaushalya in 'Do Musafir' etc received accolades.
She acted as 'Madhumati' in the 2005 film 'Water' directed by Deepa Mehta.
Her husband Rajan Haksar was an actor and film Producer and after several years living together they got divorced.
Her daughter acted in lead role of Suraj aur Chanda  opposite Sanjeev Kumar but quit films.She  is married to an Engineer and lives in the Gulf.
Manorama died on 15 February 2008 in  Mumbai.
Selected Filmography
Annapurnar Mandir
Anand Ashram

Ghar Ki Izzat
Maa Ka Pyar
Chand Sitare
Half Ticket
Mujhge Jeene Do
Door Ki Awaaz
Neela Akash
Johar in Kashmir
Dus Lakh
Baharon Ke Sapne
Do Kaliyan
Ek Phool Do Mali
Pavitra Papi
Mehboob Ki Mehndi
Heera Aur Pathar
Zakmi Dil
Raja aur Rana

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