Padma Khanna Wiki, Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

Padma Khanna

Padma Khanna is a veteran Indian actress who is best known for portraying “Kaikeyi” in Ramanand Sagar‘s epic television series “Ramayan.”

Wiki/Biography

Padma Khanna was born on Thursday, 10 March 1949 (age 71 years; as in 2020) in Patna, Bihar. She spent most of her childhood in Varanasi. By the age of seven, she had started learning Kathak.

An Old Photo of Padma Khanna at Her Residence in Bombay

An Old Photo of Padma Khanna at Her Residence in Bombay

Family & Caste

Parents & Siblings

There is not much information about her parents and siblings.

Relationships, Husband & Children

Padma Khanna was married to the late film director Jagdish L. Sidana. Their marriage took place in 1986.

Padma Khanna With Her Husband

Padma Khanna With Her Husband

She has a daughter Neha Sidana and a son Akshar Sidana.

Padma Khanna With Her Husband and Children

Padma Khanna With Her Husband and Children

Career

Film

At the age of twelve, she made her debut with the Bhojpuri film “Bhaiya” in 1961. Thereafter, she appeared in another Bhojpuri film ‘Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo’ (1962).

Padma Khanna in the Bhojpuri Film Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo

Padma Khanna in the Bhojpuri Film Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo

Padma has many more Bhojpuri films to her name, such as Bidesiya (1963), Balam Pardesia (1979), and Mai (1989). She made her Bollywood debut with the film ‘Biwi Aur Makaan’ (1966).

Padma Khanna's Bollywood Debut Film Biwi Aur Makaan (1966)

However, she rose to fame after appearing in the Bollywood film ‘Johny Mera Naam’ (1970) in which she played the sizzling, flamboyant cabaret dancer.

Padma Khanna in Johny Mera Naam

Padma Khanna in Johny Mera Naam

Padma Khanna has appeared in many more popular Bollywood films, like Pakeezah (1972), Saudagar (1973), and Hera Pheri (1976). In 1977, she appeared in her only Gujarati film ‘Gher Gher Matina Chula.’

Padma Khanna's Gujarati Debut Film Gher Gher Matina Chula (1977)

Padma Khanna made her Punjabi debut with the film ‘Jindri Yaar Di’ (1978).

Padma Khanna's Punjabi Debut Film Jindri Yaar Di (1978)

She also appeared in another Punjabi film ‘Sher Puttar’ (1978). She made her Marathi debut with the film ‘Devta’ (1983) in which she had a cameo appearance in the song “Khel Kunala Daivacha Kalala.”

Padma Khanna's Marathi Debut Film Devta (1983)

In 1986, she appeared in another Marathi film ‘Maaficha Sakshidar’ in which she did a cameo in the song “Shama Ne Jab Aag.”

Television

She made her television debut with Ramanand Sagar‘s epic television series Ramayan (1987) in which she played the role of “Kaikeyi,” one of the queens of Raja Dashrath (played by Bal Dhuri). Her intense performance as Kaikeyi in Ramayan made her a household name in India.

Padma Khanna as Kaikeyi in Ramayan

Padma Khanna as Kaikeyi in Ramayan

Facts/Trivia

  • It was the actresses Padmini and Vyjayanthimala who encouraged her to move to Bombay to make a career in films. While talking about it Padma says,

    I used to learn Kathak from the age of seven and dancing actresses like Padmini and Vyjayanthimala initi­ated the idea of coming to Bom­bay.”

  • When her debut Bhojpuri film failed at the box office, she returned to her hometown Varanasi. Later, at the insistence of Gopi Krishna, she again came to Bombay. She says,

    I couldn’t adjust to the film atmos­phere and so I went back to Benaras. I returned a couple of months later at the insistence of Gopi Krishna Bhaiya and this time it was to stay.”

  • Padma Khanna played the body double of Meena Kumari in Pakeezah (1972).
  • She rose to fame after doing Saudagar (1973) alongside Amitabh Bachchan.

    Padma Khanna with Amitabh Bachchan in Saudagar

    Padma Khanna with Amitabh Bachchan in Saudagar

  • In the initial days of her career, she mostly did soft, gentle village girl roles in films, such as ‘Saaz Aur Awaz,’ ‘Baharon Ke Sapne,’ ‘Aashirwad,’ ‘Rahgir,’ and  ‘Heer Ranjha.’
  • After doing Johny Mera Naam, she was typecast into vampish/negative roles throughout her career in the ’70s and ’80s.
  • She has acted in more than 400 films in different languages. [1]Patrika
  • After getting married to Jagdish L. Sidana in 1986, she left acting. (Patrika))
  • Currently, Padma resides in New Jersey, USA and runs ‘Indianica Dance Academy’ in Iselin, New Jersey. Padma Khanna at Her Dance Academy

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