Happy Birthday Tanuja

Mumbai, septmber 23: Tanuja Mukherjee , popularly known as Tanujaborn on 23  1943, is an Indian actress. She is the mother of Kajol and Tanisha, and is most remembered for her roles in Hindi films like Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi (1966), Jewel Thief, Haathi Mere Saathi (1971), Teen Bhuvaner Parey (1969), Prothom Kadam Phool, Rajkumari etc.

Tanuja was born in Mumbai into a Marathi family of four children as Tanuja Samarth to poet Kumarsen Samarth and his wife Shobhna Samarth. Her mother was a famous 1930s and 1940s actress and her father was a poet and film director. When she was very young her parents separated. Tanuja entered films as a child actress and continued working until 1973. Tanuja's eldest sister was the famous Bollywood actress, Nutan. Tanuja has one more sister, Chatura, who did not enter Bollywood.

She started her film career with her elder sister Nutan in the film Hamari Beti (1950) as Baby Tanuja. As an adult, she debuted in the film Chhabili (1960) which was directed by her mother and had her elder sister, Nutan, in the lead. Though the film that truly marked her transition into adult heroine came with Hamari Yaad Aayegi (1961). 

She met director Shomu Mukherjee on the sets of Ek Baar Muskara Do (1972). A whirlwind romance ended in a 1973 marriage. They had two children: 
Kajol Mukherjee and Tanisha Mukherjee. They were later separated but never divorced. Shomu Mukherjee died of cardiac arrest on 10 April 2008.

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