(original name Mona Singha
) is a former Hindi film actress. She starred in five films in the 1950s. She is the wife of actor and film maker Dev Anand
Mona Singha was a college beauty queen from Simla
, (now Shimla). She studied in St. Bede's College, Simla. She was introduced to films by Chetan Anand
of Navketan Films
for the film Baazi
in 1951, in which she co-starred with her then future husband actor Dev Anand, with whom she starred in all her subsequent films. Her screen name of Kalpana Kartik was given by Chetan during this career launch.
Her other films were Aandhiyan
(1952), Taxi Driver
(1954), House no 44
(1954) and Nau Do Gyaraah
Mona Singha was a student of the prestigious St Bedes college in Shimla
. In her graduation year, she participated in the Miss Shimla
contest, and as luck would have it she bagged the trophy and also the attention of a struggling film-maker from Bombay . It was Chetan Anand who brought her to Bombay to join his film company Navketan, that he ran along with Dev Anand, his younger brother. Her first film 'Baazi' was a huge success and went on to become a landmark in Indian cinema.
In 1954 Mona and Dev Anand got secretly married while on a break during the shooting of Taxi Driver
.They became parents in 1956 when Suneil Anand
was born. After Nau Do Gyarah
, Kalpana quit films to become a home maker.
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