Nanda(8 January 1939 – 25 March 2014) started her career in films as a child artist. It was her father who took her in his film Mandir (1948). While making the film her father expired, the film was completed by Dinakar Patil. After her father's untimely death, she decided to do films besides attending the school. First, she did Jaggu (1952) as a child artist in which Shyama was playing the heroine. In 1954 she did Jagadguru Shankaracharya. In the same year, she did Angaray directed by K.B. Lal that starred Nargis and Nasir Khan
V Shantaram was her uncle, who gave her break as a leading actress in the 1956 film 'Toofan Aur Diya'. She played the role of sister in this film. After that, she was offered roles of sister or side roles in many films. Kala Bazar was one such film in which she played the role of a sister of the hero Dev Anand.
Bhabhi(1957) was a significant film for her, she was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress for this film. In this film also she played the role of a sister. Again in 1958, she played the sister of the hero Raj Kumar in Dulhan. She once again plays sister in 1959 film 'Chhoti Behan', recall the immortal 'Rakhi' song "Bhaiya Mere Rakhi Ke Bandhan Ko Nibhana".
In 'Dhool Ka Phool'(1959), she was the second lead actress to Mala Sinha, she didn't play the sister here but was not the leading actress. She won the Best Supporting Actress award for the 1960 film 'Aanchal'. In 1961 she was taken as one of the leading actresses for Dev Anand in Hum Dono, the success of this film made her a leading actress. She became the heroine of Shashi Kapoor in 'Char Diwari', Raj Kapoor in 'Aashiq'(1962), Sunil Dutt in 'Nartaki' and 'Aaj Aur Kal'.
Her most remarkable year was 1965 when 6 of her films as leading actress released. Teen Deviyan.Gumnam and Jab Jab Phool Khile were memorable.
In 'Jab Jab Phool Khile', Nanda played her career's first westernized role and paired up with Shashi Kapoor with whom she went on to do eight films. She worked with Rajesh Khanna in 'The Train' when he was just starting out as an actor. She also worked with him in 'Ittefaq' and 'Joru Ka Gulam'.
Manoj Kumar took her in Shor released in 1972. She made a brief return to acting in 1982 as a character actress where she played the onscreen mother of Padmini Kolhapure in 'Ahista Ahista', 'Mazdoor' R K Films Prem Rog
'Mazdoor' (1983) was her last film, she played the wife of Dilip Kumar in this film. She died in Mumbai on 25 March 2014 at her Versova residence, aged 75, following a heart attack.