Lisa Haydon Birthday: Celebrating The Short Career And Long Happiness Of The Stunning Actress

Lisa Haydon is one of the most loved stars. She has delivered memorable performances in her career. On her birthday, here's looking back at her career in Bollywood and more.

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Lisa Haydon Birthday: Celebrating The Short Career And Long Happiness Of The Stunning Actress
Lisa Haydon is one of the most loved stars in the industry. I seriously thought she had the potential to be another Zeenat Aman. Pert, uninhibited, sensuous and spontaneous, Lisa Haydon kind of exploded on screen in a walk-on part as an airhead in Aisha. I thought she should have played the title role. 

Lisa was an independent bird, unconnected to the film industry. She probably didn’t know the difference between Yash Chopra and Yash Johar, just like Zeenat. But strangely, Zeenat got her stardom in spite of her very natural Westernized demeanour but Lisa didn’t. Maybe she didn’t give it time. I thought she was charming and disarming as the trio of lechers Anupam Kher, Piyush Mishra and Annu Kapoor’s object  of lustful adoration in Shaukeens, that very poor remake of Basu Chatterjee's Shaukeen.

While everyone in Shaukeens hammed it up, Lisa was just her beautiful self-conscious self. Rati Agnihotri who had played the same role in Basu Chatterjee’s original told me she liked what Lisa did in the remake. Lisa was also splendid as Ranbir Kapoor’s ex-girlfriend in Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. As the clueless Lisa D’Souza she walked in and walked out, head high,spirits  higher, with just  3 minutes of screen time.

Lisa was better than everything else put together in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Karan told me he named the character after Lisa just as he had named Rani’s character Tina in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai after Twinkle Khana (Tina being her  nickname) because the part was written  for Twinkle. The piece de resistance of Lisa’s career is of course the fabulous Vikas Bahl romp into a woman’s womb in Queen. As ‘Queen’ Kangana Ranaut’s buddy, Vijaylaxmi, Lisa was plain and simple, the scenestealer. 

Given time, Lisa would have grown into stardom organically but here is the thing. She found something  much better than stardom. She found  true love. Wisely and quickly she married Dino Lalvani  in 2016 and quit Bollywood  and  left the  country to be Mrs Lalvani and  the mother of three  children in  quick succession. I know of so many  queens who have given  up the chance to marry, only to finally end  up  as a lonely spinster  or  in a compromised marriage. I don’t know Lisa . But I do know she has a better marriage and family life than 90 percent  of  the actresses in Mumbai. Yes, she chose well. As for stardom, who  knows? It may be hers to take somewhere in the future.

Happy Birthday, Mrs  Lalvani. The babies are as gorgeous as you.

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