A commemorative postage stamp on Leela Naidu, an Indian actress [a part of the series ‘Legendary Heroines of India‘] :
Issued on Feb 13, 2011
Issued for : India Post is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp on Leela Naidu.
Stamp & FDC : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paisa
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million (0.3 million for normal distribution and 0.1 million for Indipex-2011)
Miniature Sheets : 0.3 Million (0.2 million for normal distribution and 0.1 million for Indipex-2011)
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
Name : Leela Naidu
Born on 1940 at Mumbai, India
Died on Jul 28, 2009 at Mumbai, India
- Leela Naidu was an actress who starred in a small number of Hindi and English films, including ‘The Householder‘, Merchant Ivory Productions‘ first film. Selected Femina Miss India in 1954, she was featured in the Vogue along with Maharani Gayatri Devi in the list of ‘world’s Ten Most Beautiful Women‘ and is remembered for her classical beauty and subtle acting style. Leela Naidu was born in Mumbai to Dr. Pattipati Ramaiah Naidu a well known nuclear physicist from Andhra Pradesh, and Dr. Marthe Naidu, an Indologist of Swiss-French origin. Naidu made her film debut alongside Balraj Sahni in ‘Anuradha‘ in 1960. (directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee) a film that went on to win the National Award for Best Film, and garnered Naidu critical acclaim. She played an offbeat role as an adulterous wife in ‘Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke‘ (1963), directed by R.K. Nayyar.
- Naidu made a guest appearance in the Merchant-Ivory film, ‘The Guru‘ (1969). She returned to cinema in 1985 to play a Goan matriarch in Shyam Benegal‘s period film, ‘Trikaal‘ and made a last appearance in ‘Electric Moon‘ (1992), directed by Pradip Krishen. Leela Naidu died in Mumbai on 28 July 2009.
- Text : Text provided by the Film Archives.
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