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Rehana Sultan
Born November 19
India Allahabad, India
Spouse(s) B.R. Ishara

Rehana Sultan (born 19 November c.1950[1]]) is an Indian film actress, know for her debut role, in the acclaimed film Dastak in 1970, which won her the National Film Award for Best Actress for the year, and instant fame, as it was followed by another bold film Chetna (1970) [2]



Born and brought up in Allahabad to Bahá'í parents, where she passed her Xth class in 1967, before moving to Pune in the same year, to join the two year acting course at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) [3]. After she passed out, she made her feature debut in Rajinder Singh Bedi's film Dastak (1970), making her the first actress from the institute to do a lead role [4][5] and went to win the National Film Award for her role. In the same year she followed it up with Chetna, which was actually shot through 28 days in between the shooting of Dastak; and was another bold theme film of prostitute rehabilitation, which changed the portrayal of sex workers in Hindi cinema [6].

Though this also heavily typecasted her, limiting her choice of roles, and subsequently she did fewer films, which include Haar Jeet (1972), Prem Parvat(1973) and political satire Kissa Kursi Ka (1977). Her last film was Vijay Anand’s Hum Rahen Na Rahen (1984) also starring Shabana Azmi, after which she married writer-director B.R. Ishara, the director of her second film, Chetna in 1984, and retired from films; though she did a TV Series for ETV briefly in between, the couple now stay in Mumbai [7].



  1. ^ If she passed her 10th standard exams in 1967, she was born 1950-1951. However, she may have been born earlier.
  2. ^ Rehana Sultan who was a trailblazing ‘sexy actress’ The Telegraph, 25 November 2005.
  3. ^ Down the memory lane with Rehana Sultan, 29 October 2008.
  4. ^ Charge of the FTII brigade Screen.
  5. ^ Merits - FTII
  6. ^ Fallen women in Bollywood films Times of India, 26 July 2004.
  7. ^ Rehana Sultan - Interview

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