Usha Khanna is the third female music director, after Jaddan Bai and Saraswati Devi. O. P. Nayyar introduced Usha Khanna to Sashadhar Mukherjee, who asked her to compose two songs daily and when satisfied with her versatility signed her for Dil Deke Dekho 1959 followed by Hum Hindustani 1961. Over the decades her best songs were delivered in combination with Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi. Usha Khanna ruled the film industry from 1960s to 1980s and later composed music for tele-serials too.
Sai Parānjpye may not be the premier woman director but she is a pathbreaking director to present us winners like Sparsh, Katha, Chasme Buddoor, and Disha. She has written and directed many Marathi plays like Jaswandi, Sakkhe Shejari, Albel. Paranjpye started her career in All India Radio (AIR) in Pune, Maharashtra, India as an announcer and soon got involved with AIR’s Children’s Program. Later that year, she was selected to produce the inaugural program of Bombay (Mumbai) Doordarshan. Sai made several TV serials Ados Pados, Chhote Bade., Hum Panchi Ek Chawl Ke and several documentaries and children’s films like Bhago Bhoot.
Saroj Khan started her career as a child artist in Nazarana. She learnt dance while assisting choreographer B Sohanlal. Sadhana gave her break as an independent choreographer in Geeta Mera Naam but had to wait many years to receive acclaim with first Sri Devi, ‘Hawa hawai…/ Mr India, ‘Main tari dushman…’/ Nagina and Chandni and later with Madhuri Dixit in Ek do teen…/ Tezaab, Tamma tamma loge… / Thanedaar and ‘Dhak dhak karne laga…’ / Beta. Saroj Khan is the first choreographer to have television dedicated an exclusively show. concluded