Padma Shri award-winning actress and singer Pushpa Hans, is memorable for her work in Hindi films like V Shantaram’s Apna Desh (1949), Sohrab Modi’s Sheesh Mahal (1950) and Kaale Baadal (1951), as well as Punjabi films such as Chaman (1948). Popular in the 40s and 50s, she acted in films as a singing star and also did playback singing for stars onscreen.
Born on 30 November, 1925 at Fazilka in Punjab, to advocate Ratanlal Kapoor and Janaki Devi Kapoor, Pushpa schooled in Fazilka and went on to graduate from Lahore College. Learning classical music of the Patwardhan Gharana for 10 years, she first performed on Lahore Radio, becoming popular with her Punjabi songs.
She made her acting and singing debut in music director Vinod’s first Punjabi super-hit film Chaman, the songs of which became immensely popular. Moving to Bombay with her army officer husband, Colonel Hans Raj Chopra on a transfer, she went on to sing and act in Hindi films such as Sheesh Mahal (1950) and V Shantaram’s Apna Desh (1949). Some of Pushpa Hans’ Hindi songs include Aadmi woh haay musibat se pareshan na ho, Bedard zamaana kya jaane, Taqdeer banaane waale ne kaisi taqdeer banaayi hai, Bhoole zamaane yaad na kar yaad na kar, Dil kisise lagaake dekh liya, Dil-e-naadaan tujhe kya hua hai and Koi ummeed bar nahin aati.
With her husband transferred from Bombay, Pushpa Hans’ Hindi film career ended prematurely; however, she became famous in Punjabi music. Popular for her stage shows in the UK, USA and other countries, her melodious Punjabi compositions such as Channa kithan guzari raat wey continue to remain popular and feature in TV shows. She was also awarded the Punjab Bhushan award as well as the Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award. Proud of her achievements, the World organisation of Fazilka Lovers invited her to Fazilka in 1998.
Pushpa Hans passed away on 10 December, 2011.