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Lalita Pawar

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Lalita Pawar 18 April 1916 – 24 February 1998 was a prolific Indian actress, who later became famous as a character actress, appearing in over 700 films in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati cinema, where she gave hits such as Netaji Palkar 1938, made by Bhalji Pendharkar, New Hana Pictures’ Sant Damaji, Navyug Chitrapat’s Amrit, written by VS Khandekar, and Chhaya Films’ Gora Kumbhar Her other memorable roles were in the films Anari 1959, Shri 420 and Mr & Mrs 55, and the role of Manthara, in Ramanand Sagar's television epic serial Ramayan


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Selected filmography
  • 4 Awards
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


She was born Amba Laxman Rao Sagun on 18 April 1916, into an orthodox family in Yeola in Nashik Her father Laxman Rao Shagun was a rich silk and cotton piecegoods merchant She started her acting career at age nine in the film Raja Harishchandra 1928, and later went on to play lead roles in the silent era and 1940's films, in a career that lasted until the end of her life, spanning seven decades

She co-produced and acted in a silent film Kailash 1932, and later produced another film Duniya Kya Hai in 1938, a talkie

Lalita Pawar, playing the lead in film, Himmat-e-Marda 1935

In 1942, as a part of a scene in the movie Jung-E-Azadi, actor Master Bhagwan was to slap her hard Being a new actor, he accidentally slapped her very hard, which resulted in facial paralysis and a burst left eye vein Three years of treatment later, she was left with a defective left eye; thus she had to abandon lead roles, and switch to character roles, which won her much of her fame later in life

She was known particularly for playing maternal figures, especially wicked matriarchs or mothers-in-law She also notably played the role of the strict but kind Mrs L D'Sa in Anari 1959 with Raj Kapoor Under Hrishikesh Mukherjee's direction, she gave the performance of a lifetime, for which she received the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award And as the tough matriarch who falls in love in Professor 1962, and the devious hunchback Manthara in Ramanand Sagar's television series Ramayan She was honored by the Government of India as the first lady of Indian cinema in 1961

Personal life

Her first marriage was to Ganpatrao Pawar, which went sour after his affair with her younger sister She later married film producer Rajprakash Gupta, of Ambika studios, Bombay She died on 24 February 1998 in Aundh, Pune, where she had been staying for a while She was survived by her husband, a son and daughter-in-law Her death went unnoticed for two days when her family was in Mumbai for her husband's throat surgery

Selected filmography

Year Film Character
1944 Ram Shastri Anandi Bai wife of Peshava Raghoba Dada
1950 Dahej Mrs Biharilal Suraj's mother
1951 The Immortal Song
1952 Daag 1952 film ShankarDilip Kumar's Mother
1952 Parchhain Badi Rani
1955 Shri 420 Ganga Mai
1955 Mr & Mrs 55 Seeta Devi, Anita's Aunt
1957 Nau Do Gyarah
1959 Anari Mrs L D'Sa
1959 Sujata Giribala, Buaji/aunt
1961 Hum Dono Major's Mother


Sampoorna Ramayana Manthara
1962 Professor Sita Devi Verma
1963 Sehra Angara's mother
1963 Grahasti Harish Khanna's sister
1963 Ghar Basake Dekho Mrs Shanta Mehra
1966 Khandan Fufi
1967 Boond Jo Ban Gayee Moti Shefali's mother
1968 Aabroo Mrs Verma
1970 Anand Matron
1970 Pushpanjali Rani Sahiba
1970 Gopi Lilawati devi
1974 Doosri Sita
1976 Aaj Ka Ye Ghar Mrs Shanti Dinanath
1976 Tapasya Mrs Varma
1977 Aaina Janki
1980 Yaarana mother
1980 Kali Ghata Ambu, House keeper
1980 Phir Wohi Raat Hostel Warden
1981 Naseeb 1981 film Mrs Gomes
1980 Sau Din Saas Ke
1997 Bhai
1989 Bahurani
1988 Pyaasi Atma
1988 Zalzala Shila's mom
1987 Uttar Dakshin


  • 1959: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in Anari 1959
  • 1961: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award - Acting


  1. ^ "Lalita Pawar" Britannicacom 
  2. ^ "Tribute to Laita Pawar" Screen 
  3. ^ "Lalita Pawar – Memories" cineplotcom 
  4. ^ Anari Archived 19 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine Indian Cinema, University of Iowa
  5. ^ "Lalita Pawar – Memories" cineplotcom 
  6. ^ "Lalita Pawar" Indian Express 26 February 1998 
  7. ^ Filmography at Upperstallcom
  8. ^ Naseeb 1981 film
  9. ^ Pawar, Lalita "Lalita Pawar Filmography" http://wwwmuvicom  External link in |publisher= help
  10. ^ Awards Internet Movie Database
  11. ^ Sangeet Natak Akademi Award - Acting Official listing at Sangeet Natak Akademi Official website

External links

  • Lalita Pawar on IMDb
  • Tribute to Laita Pawar at Screen
  • Living the Role- Lalita Pawar The Hindu
  • Interview with Lalita Pawar in her last days cineplotcom

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