Bela Bose was a dancer and actress in Hindi films during the 1960s and 70s. She started her career as a schoolgirl as a group dancer in films to help support her family after her father's death. She picked up more films after she finished her schooling. Her first role was in Sautela Bhai (1962) opposite Guru Dutt at age 17. She honed her acting skills performing in Bengali plays. Her career consisted of more than 150 films. In Hawa Mahal (1962), she played the role of Helen's sister. Some of her roles were in Bimal Roy's Bandini (1963), F.C. Mehra's Professor and Amrapali, Atmaram's Shikar, Umang, Yeh Gulistan Hamara, Dil Aur Mohabbat, Zindagi Aur Maut and Wahan Ke Log. Later, she became a character actress and playing the villainous sister-in-law in Jai Santoshi Maa. Her husband, Ashish Kumar, was an actor. She married him in 1967 and gradually eased out of films after giving birth to a daughter and a son.
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