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Full Name  Uma Devi
Name  Tun Tun
Died  November 24, 2003, Mumbai
Years active  1946–1990
Role  Playback Singer
Spouse  Mohan (m. ?–1992)
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Born  11 July 1923 (1923-07-11) Uttar Pradesh, India
Similar People  Suraiya, Johnny Walker, Naushad, Guru Dutt, Shamshad Begum

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Tun Tun (11 July 1923 – 24 November 2003) was the screen name of Indian playback singer and actress-comedian, Uma Devi Khatri, who is often called the 'first woman comedienne of Hindi cinema'.


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Early life

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Uma Devi was born in a conservative North Indian family in a small village in Uttar Pradesh. After the untimely death of her parents while she was in her teens, she was raised by her brother and later by her uncle house.


She arrived in Bombay (Mumbai) at the age of 13, having run away from home, and knocked on composer Naushad Ali's door. She told him that she could sing and that she would throw herself in the ocean if he didn't give her a chance. He auditioned her, and hired her on the spot. She made her debut as a solo playback singer, in Nazir's Wamiq Azra (1946). Soon she signed a contract with the producer-director A.R. Kardar, who used Naushad as music director, and went on make a place for herself amidst music stalwarts like Noor Jehan, Rajkumari, Khursheed and Zohrabai Ambalewali.

In 1947, she had huge hits with "Afsana Likh Rahi Hoon Dil-e-beqarar ka", "Yeh Kaun Chala Meri Aankhon Mein Sama Kar", and "Aaj Machi Hai Dhoom Jhoom Khushi Se Jhoom", which she sang for actress Munawar Sultana in A.R. Kardar's Dard (1947), again under the music direction of Naushad; she also sang a duet, "Betaab Hai Dil Dard-e-Mohabat Ke Asar Se", with Suraiya In fact, a gentleman from Delhi was so enamoured by her song, "Afsana Likh Rahi Hoon", that he stayed with her in Bombay. They got married, and the couple had two daughters and two sons; her husband, whom she called Mohan, died in 1992.

Success of Dard meant that she next received Mehboob Khan's Anokhi Ada (1948), which again had two hit numbers, "Kahe jiya dole" and "Dil ko lagake humne kuch bhi na paya". This brought her into the league of highly rated playback singers. She reached her peak as a vocalist in director S.S. Vasan's "Chandralekha" (1948) made by Gemini Studios, Chennai. Her seven songs, which include hits like, "Saanjh ki bela", remain her most accomplished work in her singing career; though signing the film also meant a breach of contract with producer-director Kardar, which led to her dwindling fortunes in the industry.

Moreover, in following years, owing to her older style of singing and limited vocal range, she found it difficult to compete with the rising singing stars, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. Eventually Naushad suggested that she take up acting, because she had a very bubbly personality and wonderful comic timing. He asked his friend Dilip Kumar to cast her in one of his films, and she appeared in Babul (1950) with him, which had Nargis as the lead actress; it is he who renamed her as 'Tun Tun' to suit her comic persona, the name stayed with her, and a comedic legend was born.

She went on to act in Guru Dutt's classics like Aar Paar (1954), Mr. & Mrs. '55 (1955) and Pyaasa (1957). In the 1960s and 1970s, she was a permanent comic relief in numerous Bollywood films, a few years down the line, she most notably starred in Amitabh Bachchan starrer, Namak Halaal (1982), a Prakash Mehra's blockbuster.

In her career spanning five decades, she acted in around 198 films in Hindi/Urdu and other languages like Punjabi etc, pairing with top comedy actors of her times like Bhagwan Dada, Agha, Sunder, Mukri, Dhumal, Johnny Walker and Keshto Mukherjee. She was last seen in Hindi film in 'Kasam Dhande Ki' (1990).

Owing to her popularity, the name Tun Tun has become synonymous with fat women in India.


She died on 23 November 2003 in Andheri, Mumbai, after a prolonged illness at the age of 80 and is survived by her four children and four grandchildren.


Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe
Baar Baar Dekho
Yashomati Maiya Se Bole Nandlala
Nanha Munna Rahi Hoon
Babuji Dheere Chalna
Pardesiyon Se Na Ankhiyan Milana
Baghon Mein Bahar Hai
Taarif Karun Kya Uski
Kya Dekhte Ho
Hai Duniya Usiki Zamana Usika
Meri Mohabbat
Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar
Bol Mere Sathiya
Suniye Kahiye
Dil Todne Wale
Ja Ja Ja Ja Bewafa
Kai din se mujhe
Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan
Yahan Main Ajnabi Hoon
Affoo Khudaya
Chali Re Chali Re Gori
Tera Jalwa Jisne Dekha
Kabhi Pahle Dekha Nahin Yeh
Tum Mile Pyar Se
Dekhne Mein Bhola Hai
Chhedo Na Meri Zulfen
Mil Gaye Mil Gaye Aaj Mere Sanam
Jhoomta Mausam Mast Mahina
Kahan Tak Yeh Man Ko
Mere Bachpan Tu Ja
Chal Ri Sajni Ab Kya Soche
Meri Zindagi Me Aate To Kuch Aur Baat Hoti


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