January 8, is Mary Evans’ (later Mary Evans Wadia) 106th birth anniversary. She, who we better know as Fearless Nadia, was Indian cinema’s original stunt queen. From a chorus girl in Lal-e-Aman (1933) to Khiladi (1968) she kicked and punched her way through to Hindi cinema history like no other actress before or after her.
Some essential reading on Fearless Nadia follows the images.
Bollyworld: Popular Indian Cinema Through A Transnational Lens
Stardom: Industry of Desire