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Ratnamala

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Born in 1923, actress Ratnamala played the leading lady in several films. She went on to act in more than 100 films in the course of her career, in supporting and character roles as well. Among her early films credited are Bharat Milap (1942), Das Baje (1942), Station Master (1942), Panghat (1943), Police (1944), Rukmini Swayamvar (1946), Bhakta Ke Bhagwan (1947) and Usha Haran (1949). In a review of the film Station Master that appeared in Film India, August 1942 issue, Ratnamala was singled out for attracting attention with her charming personality, with the critic adding, “…Considering that comparatively she is a newcomer to the screen, she gives a pretty performance as the Station Master’s daughter.” 
Over the decades, Ratnamala featured in films such as Gehra Daag (1963), Char Darvesh (1964), Mera Saaya (1966), Badal (1966), Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), Taxi Driver (1973), Kuchhe Dhaage (1973), Dil Diwana (1974), Bhola Bhala (1978), Nastik (1983), Tere Mere Beech Mein (1984), and Khol Do Meri Zubaan (1989). 
Ratnamala was married to actor Raja Pandit who featured in films such as Maharani (1934), Hind Mahila (1936) and Bala Joban (1934). Ratnamala passed away on 23 January, 1989. 

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