Laxmi Chhaya (7 January 1948 – 9 May 2004) was an Indian actress and dancer who appeared in more than 55 Bollywood and Marathi films in the 1960s and 1970s, including Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Teesri Manzil, Naunihal (1967), Baharon Ke Sapne, Mere Huzoor (1968) and Duniya. She may be best known in the United States as the masked dancer in the dance segment Jaan Pehechan Ho from the 1965 movie Gumnaam, portions of which were included in the opening credits of the 2001 U.S. film Ghost World.Chhayas film career extended from 1961 through at least 1982. After retiring from cinema, Chhaya taught dancing to indigent children. She died of cancer in Mumbai in 2004 at the age of 56.
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