The face is unmistakable and unique with big round
eyes and a toothy grin. It's Laxmi Chhaya who appeared in a
number of Bollywood films of the 60s and 70s.
Today she may be the most recognizable Bollywood figure
in the West due to her appearance in Terry Zwigoff's "Ghost
World" the film based on Daniel Clowes' graphic novel
of the same name. Laxmi was the dancer of the Bollywood item
dance number "Jaan Pehchan Ho Jeena Aasan Ho " that
Mohd Rafi sings in "Gumnaam" .
How ironic is it that it would be Laxmi Chhaya dancing
an item number from a second rate Manjol Kumar, Babita, fluff
entertainer that would be the first actual Bollywood film
footage to be shown in wide distribution on Western movie
Laxmi Chhaya quite often played bubbly secondary characters
and as far as I know she never had a starring role in an A-grade
Bollywood film. Her most famous part was in the film "Mera
Gaon Mera Desh"  where she was paired with Vinod
Khanna. Laxmi had three dance numbers in this film and
also does a fair amount of acting.
She also appeared in the Shammi Kapoor, Sadhana, film
"Budtameez"  where she had a small part as
one of Sadhana's best friends. And she had a fairly large
secondary part in "Teesri Manzil" .
I have so far seen Laxmi in four films. All that I know
about her is from what I have seen on screen. I am searching
far and wide to know more about her. If anyone out there knows
more about the life and career of Laxmi please e-mail me?
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