Real Name –
Profession – Actress
Active Years – 1950s
Nationality – Indian
Religion – Hindu
Date of Birth –
Date of Death –
Debut Film – Sitara (1955)
Last Film –
Significant others in the Film Industry – Sheela Samtani (Sister, Character Actress), Koshi Samtani (Sister, Character Actress)
More Information – Film-makers have no definite method of finding new faces. A new face may be discovered anywhere and any how. It is usually the discerning eye of the veteran producer which is most successful, and this is how the three Samtani sisters, Sheela, Hiroo and Koshi, who made promising debuts in Filmistan’s “Abe Hayat,” came to be discovered —without even knowing they would get film roles.
The girls were attending a wedding reception at which Director S. K. Ojha, on hobby bent, filmed the ceremony. Later, when directing “Sitara,” Ojha felt he wanted scenes like these for the film. Into the picture went some of the shots he took at the wedding.
The Samtani sisters featured prominently in them and some producers at the premiere of “Sitara” talked more about the three beautiful girls than about the picture. Frantic inquiries were made, and one fine morning the sisters had a messenger from Filmistan knocking at the door of their flat.
After overcoming family opposition, the girls signed a contract with Filmistan.
On her first working day at the studio, Hiroo, , found herself the victim of a case of mistaken identity.
No sooner did she don her make-up and get into her costume, than she was conducted to the set by one of the studio staff and made to stand before the cameras. The lights were switched on and work commenced.
Hiroo was at a loss to know what to do, because she did not know the scene. The assistant-director was deferentially asking her whether she had her dialogue lines with her.
Hiroo said no, which astonished the assistant, and the confusion continued until Bina Rai, who was playing the lead in the picture, arrived on the set. Everyone had mistaken Hiroo for Bina Rai whom she resembled very closely.