(, ) (born 2 September 1941) is an Indian Bollywood
actress. She was one of the top stars in the 1960s and the early 1970s. Beside becoming the fashion icon for young Indian girls with her specific hair style, still known as Sadhana cut, she become famous as Mystery Girl with her three suspense thriller films namely "Woh Kaun Thi" , "Mera Saaya" and "Anita" . In the year 1965 she was nominated for prestigious Film Fare Award for film "Waqt".
Shivdasani was born in 1941 and named after her father's favorite actress Sadhana Bose
, her father and actor Hari Shivdasani
were biological brothers. Her cousin is actress Babita
, the daughter of actor Hari Shivdasani and mother to actresses Karisma
& Kareena Kapoor
. She was one of two sisters, Sarla was the eldest. Her mother home-schooled her until she was 8 years old. The family fled from Karachi in Pakistan during Post Partition riots.
When she was 15 years old, she was discovered by some producers who had seen her act in a college play. They cast her in India's first Sindhi film titled Abana
(1958), where she played the heroine's younger sister for which she was paid a token of Rps. 1. A photograph of her publicizing the film appeared in a movie magazine. Sashadhar Mukherjee
, one of India's producers at that time, saw the magazine and gave her the lead role in her first Hindi film Love in Simla
(1959), opposite his newcomer son, Joy......