Google on Monday commemorated the 110th birth anniversary of actor and stuntwoman Mary Ann Evans – better known by her stage name as Fearless Nadia with an innovative Doodle.
Mary Ann Evans, better known by her stage name Fearless Nadia was an actress and stuntwoman from Australia who made her mark in the Hindi film industry by her death-defying acts. She is most remembered for her role in Hunterwali in 1935 which was one of the earliest female-lead Indian films. Nadia married Homi Wadia, a filmmaker and producer, and was married to him until her death on January 9, 1996. Incidentally, tomorrow will be her death anniversary.
Nadia came to India at the age of five, and while growing up learned many skills such as horseback riding, hunting, fishing and shooting during her stay in the North-West Frontier Province. She starred in movies like Desh Deepak and Noor-e-Yaman before getting her big break in Hunterwali.
In recent times, Kangana Ranaut’s character Jaanbaaz Julia from the film Rangoon was inspired by Fearless Nadia. Julia too does her stunts in the film and her stardom rose great heights just like Nadia.
Fearless Nadia will always be remembered as the original Stunt Queen of India.