Asha Mathur


Kishore Sahu and Asha Mathur in Kali Ghata (1951)

Both Asha Mathur and Bina Roy were introduced by Kishore Sahu in Kali Ghata (1951). While Bina Roy was relatively more successful among the two and did some memorable movies including Anarkali (1953) and Taj Mahal (1963), Asha Mathur was relegated to obscure mythical and costume films including Alif Laila (1953), Rajyogi Bharthari (1954), Malka-E-Alam Noorjehan (1954), Amar Kirtan (1954), and Jagadguru Shankaracharya (1955). Her most memorable role was in Poonam (1952), as a suffering wife of Ashok Kumar. Asha Mathur is a forgotten name today except for the two popular songs picturized on her – Humsai na poocho koi pyra kiya hai (Kali Ghata, 1951) and Baanki adayein dekh na ji dekh na (Amanat, 1955).

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