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Indian film star Leela Naidu dies

Indian film actress Leela Naidu has died in Mumbai at the age of 69 following a long illness.

Naidu, who was crowned Miss India in 1955 and renowned for her beauty, starred in films including the award-winning Anuradha.

She went on to star in Merchant Ivory's The Householder in 1963, portraying a rebellious young bride.

Indian president Pratibha Patil said her work had "delighted Hindi film-goers across the country".

Film-maker Shyam Benegal, who directed Naidu in 1985 movie Trikaal, said her death was "a loss to the film industry".

He added that the actress, who once featured in a Vogue magazine list of the most beautiful women in the world, was "unpretentious and warm".

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