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Kamini Kaushal Age, Husband, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 97 Years
Education: BA (honours) In English Literature
Husband: Braham S Sood

Kamini Kaushal

Bio/Wiki
Real nameUma Kashyap [1]Outlook India
Profession(s)Actor, Film Producer
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 6”
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourGrey
Career
DebutFilm: Neecha Nagar (1946) as Roopa
Neecha Nagar
Awards1947: Montreal Film Festival Award for her performance in the Hindi film Neecha Nagar
1955: Filmfare Award for Best Actress for the Hindi film Biraj Bahu
Kamini Kaushal receiving Filmfare Award (1955)
1964: BFJA Award for Best Supporting Actress for the Hindi film Shaheed
2011: Lifetime Achievement Award by Kalakar Awards
2013: Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award
Kamini Kaushal receiving Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award
2015: Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
Kamini Kaushal receiving Lifetime Achievement Filmfare Award
2015: BBC’s 100 Women Award
2020: Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress for the Hindi film Kabir Singh
Personal Life
Date of BirthSource 1- 24 February 1927 (Thursday)
Source 2- 16 January 1927 (Sunday) [2]YouTube – Sansad TV
Age (as of 2024) 97 Years
BirthplaceLahore, Punjab Province, British India (now Punjab, Pakistan)
Zodiac signSource 1- Pisces
Source 2- Capricorn
AutographKamini Kaushal's autograph
NationalityIndian
HometownMumbai
College/UniversityKinnaird College for Women, Lahore
Educational QualificationBA (honours) in English Literature [3]Filmfare
EthnicityPunjabi [4]Rediff
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsDilip Kumar (actor)
Kamini Kaushal and Dilip Kumar
Marriage DateYear, 1948
Family
Husband/SpouseBraham S Sood (chief engineer at Bombay Port Trust)
Kamini Kaushal with her husband and Lata Mangeshkar
ChildrenSon(s)- 3
• Rahul Sood (filmmaker)
Kamini Kaushal with her son Rahul Sood
• Vidur Sood (owner at VideoVid Productions)
Kamini Kaushal's son Vidur Sood
• Shravan Sood (businessman)
Kamini Kaushal's son Shravan Sood
Stepdaughter(s)- 2 (from her elder sister Usha)
• Kumkum Somani (author)
• Kavita Sahni (artist)
Kamini Kaushal with her sons Shravan, Rahul, and Vidur and daughters Kumkum and Kavita
ParentsFather- Prof. Shiv Ram Kashyap (professor of Botany at the University of Punjab in Lahore; father of Indian Botany)
Mother- Name Not Known
Kamini Kaushal's parents
SiblingsBrother(s)- Amar Nath Kashyap (assistant commandant at the Royal Bombay Engineers Group; elder) and Kedarnath Kashyap (elder)
Sister(s)- Usha Kahyap and Pushpa Kashyap
Kamini Kaushal with her family
Favourites
ActorAshok Kumar
ActressShirley Temple

Kamini Kaushal

Some Lesser Known Facts About Kamini Kaushal

  • Kamini Kaushal is a veteran Indian actress and film producer. She gained immense popularity after appearing in the Hindi films ‘Neecha Nagar’ (1946) and ‘Biraj Bahu’ (1955).
  • When she was 7 years old, she acted in the Hindi film ‘The Tragedy,’ directed by her brother. She worked in the radio play ‘Uma’ in Lahore at the age of 9.
  • In an interview, Kamini shared that in her teens she used to participate in various sports like swimming, cycling, horse riding, and skating. She said that she was so busy learning new activities that she never had time to date someone in her teens.
  • During her school and college days, she used to perform in theatre plays and other extracurricular activities. However, she never thought of making a career in acting. While she was studying in college, she got a chance to perform in a college play where her favourite actor Ashok Kumar was invited as a chief guest. In an interview, she talked about it and said,

    We were to perform for the war relief fund in college. Ashok Kumar and Leela Chitins were the chief guests. After the show we went to meet him. I thought of having some fun. As he stood talking to the students, I pulled his hair from behind.”

  • She worked in a radio play for Akashwani during her college days. Once, the Indian filmmaker Chetan Anand heard her show on the radio and decided to cast her in his film ‘Neecha Nagar’ (1946).
  • She then appeared in various Hindi films like ‘Nadiya Ke Paar’ (1948), ‘Ziddi’ (1948), ‘Bade Sarkar’ (1957), ‘Jailor’ (1958), ‘Night Club’ (1958), and ‘Godaan’ (1963).

    Jailor (1958)

    Jailor (1958)

  • On 7 March 1952, she became the first Indian actress to get featured on the cover of Filmfare magazine. [5]YouTube – Shemaroo

    Kamini Kaushal featured on Filmfare magazine cover

    Kamini Kaushal featured on the Filmfare magazine cover

  • She owns a film production company Gudia Ghar Productions. She worked as a producer in the 1953 Hindi film ‘Chalis Baba Ek Chor.’
  • After the demise of her elder sister Usha, she got married to her sister’s widower Braham S Sood. She lived with him in a manor-type house “Gateside” in Mazagaon, which was allotted to her husband by Bombay Port Trust.
  • After working with the Indian actor Dilip Kumar in his debut film, she became a good friend of Dilip and soon, the rumours of their affair started. However, Kamini’s brother was against their relationship as Kamini was a married woman and her brother did not approve of an extra-marital affair. Reportedly, Kamini’s brother shot himself as he was upset with Kamini and Dilip’s affair. After the shocking incident, Kamini and Dilip decided to end their relationship. [6]The Times of India In an interview, when Dilip was asked about his affair with Kamini, he said,

    She (Kamini) was the only one with whom I achieved total identification. I think everybody falls in love only once. ‘Again’ – if there is an ‘again’ – is merely an imitation of the brilliant flame, the blinding light, the days of trance, the nights of impatience and waiting, and days of such happiness that one cannot believe they will last.”

  • Kamini, along with the Indian actor Manoj Kumar, has worked in around eight films such as ‘Upkar’ (1967), ‘Purab Aur Paschim’ (1970), ‘Roti Kapda Aur Makaan’ (1974), ‘Sanyasi’ (1975), and ‘Santosh’ (1989).

    Santosh

    Santosh

  • She was paired opposite the Indian actor Rajesh Khanna in three Hindi films i.e. ‘Do Raaste’ (1969), ‘Prem Nagar’ (1974), and ‘Maha Chor’ (1976).

    Maha Chor

    Maha Chor

  • In 1977, she did playback singing in the Hindi film ‘Gyaniji.’
  • She appeared in the British TV serial ‘The Jewel in the Crown’ (1984), which aired on BBC. She played the role of Aunt Shalini in the serial.

    Kamini Kaushal as Aunt Shalini in the TV serial The Jewel in the Crown

    Kamini Kaushal as Aunt Shalini in the TV serial The Jewel in the Crown

  • She worked as a producer in the Hindi animation film ‘Meri Pari’ in 1986.
  • She did a puppet TV show named ‘Chand Sitare’ for Doordarshan in 1989.

    Kamini Kaushal during her puppet show

    Kamini Kaushal during her puppet show

  • She has appeared in a few Hindi TV serials such as ‘Waqt Ki Raftar’ (1999; DD National) and ‘Shanno Ki Shaadi’ (2005; Star Plus).

    Shanno Ki Shaadi

    Shanno Ki Shaadi

  • She is also a story writer and has worked for the children’s magazine ‘Paraag.’ For the magazine, she wrote stories on characters like Bunty, Chotabhai, and Motabhai, which were loosely based on her son and his cousins.
  • Kamini has appeared in print advertisements for a few brands like Lux Soap and Surf.

    Kamini Kaushal in a Lux ad

    Kamini Kaushal in a Lux ad

  • She did her training in Bharatanatyam dance form under her guru K. Mahalingam Pillai at Mumbai’s Sri Rajarajeswari Bharatha Natya Kala Mandir.
  • In an interview, she shared that her name Kamini was given to her by the Indian film director Chetan Anand. [7]Filmfare She said,

    Chetan’s wife Uma Anand was also part of the film. My name also being Uma, he wanted a different name for me. I asked him to give me a name beginning with ‘K’ to match with the names of my daughters Kumkum and Kavita.”

  • She was one of the few Indian actresses to organise events in the presence of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

    A collage of Kamini Kaushal with Indira Gandhi

    A collage of Kamini Kaushal with Indira Gandhi

  • Kamini is the first Indian lead actress for whom the Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar did playback singing in the Hindi film ‘Ziddi’ (1948). [8]Rediff

    Kamini Kaushal with her husband and Lata Mangeshkar

    Kamini Kaushal with her husband and Lata Mangeshkar

  • Kamini has worked as a supporting actor in popular Hindi films like ‘Chennai Express’ (2013) and ‘Kabir Singh’ (2019).

    Kamini Kaushal in Kabir Singh

    Kamini Kaushal in Kabir Singh

  • Her trademark style is putting a flower in her hair.

    Kamini Kaushal with a flower in her hair

    Kamini Kaushal with a flower in her hair

  • Kamini once shared that she never smoked cigarettes or consumed alcohol. [9]Filmfare
  • Since her younger days, she has kept various animals as pets. She used to own a monkey, a goat, 50 rabbits, a squirrel, and a few pet dogs. She also has a pet cat named Minnie Mow.

    Kamini Kaushal with her pet dogs

    Kamini Kaushal with her pet dogs

  • In an interview, her son shared that in her younger days, she used to do all the household work on her own including mopping the floor.