Google Doodle on Monday paid tribute to Fearless Nadia on her 110th birth anniversary reminding everyone of the daredevil woman. Marry Ann Evan, popularly known as Fearless Nadia was an actress and stuntwoman from Australia, who was a part of Hindi film industry during the 1930s and 40s. She was famous for her role in 1935 movie, Hunterwali which was one of the early female-lead Indian films. She was born on January 8, 1908, in Perth, Australia. Reportedly, Kangana Ranaut’s character “Jaanbaaz Miss Julia” in Vishal Bharadwaj film was majorly based on Nadia. She was married to Homi Wadia, a filmmaker and producer. Nadia died January 9, 1996, and incidentally, tomorrow will be her death anniversary.
In 1913, at the age of five, she came to Bombay with her father Scotsman Herbert Evans, a volunteer in the British Army. She initially joined a touring dance troupe in Bombay, then the Zarko Circus. Nadia performing stuns wearing leather shorts, a mask, cape had stunned everyone. She also appeared in a James Bond spoof called ‘Khiladi’ in the late 1960s. From swinging on chandeliers, fighting on moving trains to jump into waterfalls, Nadia did it all. She even tamed lions and jumped from horseback onto ladders dangling from airplanes.
Nadia’s doodle wearing a hat has been created by Bangalore-based comic illustrator Devaki Neogi. In 1993, Nadia’s great-grandnephew, Riyad Vinci Wadia made a documentary on her ‘Fearless: The Hunterwali Story’. Nadia chose her name after an Armenian fortune teller suggested her to change her name to one beginning with ‘N’.