Sardarni Kuldip Kaur Of Attariwala also know as Kuldip Kaur was an Indian actress who worked in Hindi and Punjabi films. Known for her roles as negative characters, she was cited as Indian cinema’s “most polished vamps” and actor Pran’s “opposite number”.She started her acting career with the first Punjabi film produced in India following Partition; Chaman, also called The Garden in 1948.

Acclaimed as a “vamp” of “exceptional talent” and the “first female villain” in Indian cinema, she has been compared to artists like Shashikala and Bindu. Active from 1948 to 1960, she acted in over 100 films, most of them in Hindi and some in Punjabi. She died in 1960 from tetanus

Sardarni Kuldip Kaur Of Attariwala was born into a Bharatgarh Royal family of Virk Jat clan in 1927. She was married to Attari royal member Sardar Mohinder Singh Sidhu Of Attariwala, a grandson of the military Commander of Ranjit Singh’s army, General Sham Singh Attariwala. Married at the age of fourteen, she became a mother at the age of sixteen.

Sardarni Kuldip Kaur Of Attariwala defied convention to join films while still in Lahore. She left Lahore in 1947 while communal violence was raging. She was described as a brave lady by Saadat Hasan Manto in his chapter on Kuldip Kaur, titled “Kuldip Kaur: The Punjabi firecracker” in his book Stars from Another Sky: The Bombay Film World of the 1940s. Kaur returned to Lahore in spite of the violence, to pick up Pran’s car. His car had been left behind when Pran and she left for Bombay to escape the communal rioting in Lahore following partition of India. She drove the car back alone from Lahore to Bombay, via Delhi.


The German cinematographer, Josef Wirsching of Bombay Talkies, took her screen test at the request of Savak Vacha, one of Bombay Talkies’ then-proprietors, along with Ashok Kumar and S. Mukherji. On his recommendation she was cast in supporting roles.

One of Kuldip Kaur’s first films was the Punjabi language Chaman in 1948, which turned out to be a big success at the box office, co-starring Karan Dewan with Meena Shorey. Kuldip Kaur also acted in two Hindi films that year; Ziddi directed by Shaheed Latif and starring Dev Anand, Kamini Kaushal and Pran, and Grahasti both of which were “box office hits”. In Grahasti she performed the role of a “modern, sophisticated woman intolerant of her husband”.

In 1949, Kuldip Kaur acted a musical success, Ek Thi Ladki, with music by Vinod. Her next film was Kaneez, in 1949, an average film commercially. In 1950, she was in two successful Hindi films; Samadhi and Aadhi Raat and two Punjabi films; Madari and Chhai. In Samadhi, the popular song “Gore Gore Banke Chhore” was picturised on her and Nalini Jaywant.In 1951, she acted in several films such as Rajput, Nai Zindagi, Ek Nazar, Afsana and Mukhda, where she played the lead role. Afsana was directed by B. R. Chopra and starred Ashok Kumar and Veena. Kaur was stated to have played her role of a vamp “to perfection”.

She also then appeared in films such as Baiju Bawra (1952) in which her acting was critically acclaimed as the dacoit queen, Roopmati. Some of the other films she acted in 1952 to 54 were Anjaam (1952), Baaz (1953), Anarkali (1953) where her acting was praised, Aabshar (1953), Gul Bahar and Dak Babu in (1954). 1955 was a busy year for her, acting in films such as Teer Andaz (1955) and Miss Coca Cola (1955). With few releases in 1956, she returned with Ek Saal (1957), acting opposite Madhubala and Ashok Kumar. In 1958, Kuldip Kaur had roles in two films; Sahara and Panchayat. In 1959, she worked in three films Pyaar Ka Rishta, Mohar and Jagir. Mohar had music composed by Madan Mohan and became another musical success for her. Maa Baap, Bade Ghar Ki Bahu, Sunheri Raatein and the Punjabi film Yamla Jatt in 1960 were the last films she acted in. Her last film was Honeymoon (1960), also one in which she played the vamp.

Some of the important films SardarniKuldip Kaur Of Attariwala acted in were EkThiLadki, Samadhi (1950), AadhiRaat (1950), Chhoti Bhabhi (1950), Anarkali (1953), Afsana (1951) and BaijuBawra.


Sardarni Kuldip Kaur Of Attariwala was died on 3 February 1960, in Bombay, Maharashtra, of tetanus, following thorn pricks from a Ber tree (jujube) on a visit to Shirdi, Ahmednagar District, which she did not consider serious enough to require treatment


Sardarni Kuldip Kaur Of Attariwala was active between 1948-1960.

Year Film Director

1948 Chaman Roop K. Shorey

1948 Ziddi Shaheed Latif

1949 Kaneez Krishna Kumar

1949 Ek Thi Ladki Roop K. Shorey

1949 Tara R. D. Pareenja

1950 Aadhi Raat S. K. Ojha

1950 Lajawab Jagatrai Pesumal Advani

1950 Meena Bazaar Ravindra Dave

1950 Samadhi Ramesh Saigal

1951 Afsana B. R. Chopra

1951 Do Sitare D. D. Kashyap

1951 Ek Nazar O. P. Dutta

1951 For Ladies Only Bedi

1951 Gumasta S. M. Yusuf

1951 Lachak M. I. Daramsey

1951 Mukhada Roop K. Shorey

1951 Nai Zindagi Mohan Sinha

1951 Rajput Lekhraj Bhakri

1951 Stage Vijay Mhatre

1952 Anjaam Shanti Kumar

1952 Baiju Bawra Vijay Bhatt

1952 Ghungru Hiren Bose

1952 Hamari Duniya Sushil Sahu

1952 Jaggu Jagdish Sethi

1952 Naubahar Anand Kumar

1952 Neelam Pari Dhirubhai Desai

1952 Sheesham Kishore Sharma

1953 Aabshar Hasrat Lucknavi

1953 Anarkali NandlalJaswantlal

1953 Baaz Guru Dutt

1953 Gharbaar Dinkar Patil

1953 Farmaish B. K. Sagar

1953 Mashuqa Shanti Kumar

1954 Dak Babu Lekhraj Bhakri

1954 Gul Bahar Nanubhai

1954 Pilpili Saheb H.S. Kavatra

1954 Hukumat Raja Yagnik

1954 Lalpari Kedar Kapoor

1954 Mastana H. S. Rawail

1955 DakuAspi

1955 Deewar I.S Bali

1955 Duniya Gol Hai Om Prakash

1955 Jashan S. Shamsuddin

1955 Mast Qalandar Kedar Kapoor

1955 Miss Coca-Cola Kedar Kapoor

1956 Indra Leela Rajendra Sharma

1956 Inquilab Kedar Kapoor

1956 Sultan-E-Alam Mohan Sinha

1957 Ek Saal DevendraGoel

1957 Jai Ambe Shanti Kumar

1957 Maharani A. Karim

1957 Paisa Prithviraj Kapoor

1958 Panchayat LekhrajBhakri

1958 Sahara LekhrajBhakri

1958 Son Of Sindbad Nanabhai Bhatt

1959 Chand LekhrajBhakri

1959 Jagir Jag Mohan Mattu

1959 Mohar P. Jairaj

1959 Pyar Ki RahenLekhrajBhakri

1960 Bade Ghar Ki Bahu Kundan Kumar

1960 Bhakta Raj Vishnu Vyas

1960 Maa Baap Vishnu Vyas

1960 Rickshawala Shankar Mehta

1960 Sunheri Raatein LekhrajBhakri

References :-

  • Bali, Karan (20 March 2015). “Kuldip Kaur”. The Rest. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  • Patel, Sushila Rani Baburao (1952). Stars of the Indian Screen. India: Parker and Sons. p. 23.
  • Augla, Harjap Singh. “Kuldip Kaur”. APNA. Retrieved 26 April 2015.

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