Kamini Kaushal (born 16 January 1927) is a Hindi film and television actress, most noted for her roles in films like, Neecha Nagar (1946) which won the 1946 Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at Cannes Film Festival, and Biraj Bahu (1955), which won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award in 1955 .
Kaushal was born to a Botanist and Professor at Govt. College Lahore, now GC University, Pakistan. She did her B.A. (honours) in English literature from Kinnaird College in Lahore, British India now Pakistan. Her sister died leaving behind very young children and Uma married (or was made to marry) her sister’s husband. Her husband, Sood was an officer in the Bombay Port Trust.
There is also a mention of her having been a stage actress in Delhi. She worked as a radio artist before she was discovered by Chetan Anand as the lead for his film Neecha Nagar. This movie was done before her marriage and released in 1946.
After Neecha Nagar she returned to Lahore, and after marriage settled in Bombay, soon offers started coming in, and in the coming decades Kamini Kaushal worked with all the top leading men of her time such as Ashok Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar ('Shaheed' (1948), 'Nadiya Ke Paar' (1949),