Tun Tun was a prolific singer and Comedienne of Bollywood and she was probably the first comedienne of Hindi Cinema.She was born as Uma Devi Khatri on 11 July 1923 in Uttar Pradesh.Her parents died when she was very young and she was raised by her uncle.
At the age of 13 she left home and reached Bombay where she met film music composer Naushad Ali.He was impressed about her musical knowledge and singing abilities and gave her chance to sing in films.Her debut as a solo playback singer was for film 'Wamiq Azra' in 1946.Soon she became an established playback singer and sang several songs in films like 'Dard,Anokhi Ada,Aahuti,Jungle Ka Jawahar,Naya Zamana,Jungle King,Khufia Mahal,Babul,Dholak,Deedar,Amber,Gul Bahar,Aar Paar' and many more.
But when new singers like Lata Mangeshkar,Asha Bhonsle etc arrived, she found it difficult to compete with them with her limited voice range and decided to take up acting as the profession.She possessed a witty nature,much humour sense and timing as well as a fatty body which she utilized smartly to make people laugh.
It was Dilip Kumar who recommended her in his film 'Babul' in 1950 for a comedy role.Nargis was the heroine of this film which was directed by S.U.Sunny.It was Dilip Kumar who renamed Uma Devi Khatri as 'Tun Tun'.
In a career which extended for more than five decades she presented numerous characters and funny situations which the audience could not forget.
She created humorous scenes pairing with actors like Bhagwan Dada,Agha,Sunder,Johnny Walker,Mukri,Keshto etc.
She acted in films of Guru Dutt like 'Aar Paar'Mr.&Mrs.55, Pyasa,Kagaz ke Phool' etc.
She acted in super hit film Ujala(59) starring Shammi Kapoor and Mala Sinha.
Mala Sinha and Sanjay Khan paired Dillagi(60),Feroz Khan-Mumtaz film 'Aag(67),Dev Anand-Vyjanthimala's 'Duniya'(68),Ashok Kumar-Vimi's film 'Aabroo(68),Meena Kumari-Sanjay Khan's 'Abhilasha(68),Sunil Dutt and Asha Parekh paired 'Heera(73),Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri paired 'Naya Din Nai Raat(74),Dev Anand and Hema Malini paired 'Amir Garib(74),Randhir Kapoor-Tanuja's 'Hamrahi(74),Jeetendra and Maushumi Chatterjee paired 'Dil aur Deewar(78),Feroz Khan and Zeenat Aman paired 'Qurbani,Mithun Chakraborty and Kim paired 'Disco Dancer,Amitabh Bachchan and Smita Patel paired 'Namak Halal(82) are all exceptionally good films in which Tun Tun acted.
Tun Tun died on 24 November 2003, at the age of 80 in Mumbai.
Kagaz ke Phool
Ek Phool Char Kaante
Bombay Ka Babu
Kashmir ki Kali
Cha Cha Cha
Jab Jab Phool Khile
Dil Diya Dard Liya
Gunahon Ka Devta
Dil Ne Pukara Aag
Sadhu aur Shaitan
Har Har Gange
Dil Aur Mohabbat
Dil Daulat Duniya
Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Khel Mohabbat Ka