Sulabha Deshpande

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Brief Introduction

Sulabha Deshpande is a renowned Indian film, television and theatre actress. She has acted in many Hindi & Marathi plays and serials. She has even acted in over 80 movies till date.

 

Early Life & Background

Sulbha was born in 1937 in Mumbai. She completed her studies from the Siddhartha College in Mumbai. After completing her education, Sulbha started working as a teacher in ‘Chhabildas Boys High School’ in Mumbai.

 

First assignment/ First major break

As an actor, Sulabha started her career with the theater group ‘Rangayan’. However, she was acclaimed after winning awards for her plays like ‘Madhlya Bhintee and ‘Sasaa Ani Kasav’.

 

Journey in the industry

While teaching in ‘Chhabildas School’, Sulabha got her first got chance to relate with the theatre related activities. Well-known play writer Vijay Tendulkar asked Sulabha to write a few plays for the students of her school. In 1960s, Sulabha joined the theatre group ‘Rangayan’, which was founded by noted theatre personalities like Vijaya Mehta, Vijay Tendulkar, Arvind Deshpande and Shriram Lagoo.

After joining ‘Rangayan’, Sulabha started her acting career with various stage shows. However, she gained popularity after winning state-level competitions for her plays like ‘Madhlya Bhintee’ and ‘Sasaa Ani Kasav’. After ‘Rangayan’, Sulabha along with her husband Arvind Deshpande and Arun Kakade formed a theatre group ‘Awishkar’ in 1971. After the popularity of ‘Awishkar’, she established ‘Chandrashala’, which was the children’s theatre wing of ‘Awishkar’. She directed plays like ‘Baba Harvale Ahet’, ‘Raja Ranila Ghaam Hava’ and ‘Pandit Pandit Tujhi Akkal Shendit’. She also directed a dance play ‘Durga Jhali Gauri’ along with a cast of seventy children. At first, Awishkar was associated with the ‘Chhabildas School’, but after 18years, Sulabha associated the group with ‘Mahim Municipal School’. In this school, she used to hold annual school production of ‘Durga Jhali Gauri’ with a new cast of students every year. Popular Bollywood actors like Nana Patekar and Urmila Matondkar were the students of ‘Chandrashala’.

While working for ‘Awishkar’, Sulabha portrayed the character of Leela Benare in the popular play ‘Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe’ in 1967. In 1971, Satyadev Dubey made the film on this play with the same name and Sulabha continued playing a lead role of Leela Benare in the movie as well. This was the debut movie of the actors like Amrish Puri & Amol Palekar.  After the success of the movie, Sulabha started working in Hindi and Marathi movies.

In 1974, Sulabha acted in the Hindi movie ‘Jadu Ka Shankh’. Later, she worked with the director Shyam Benegal in his movies like ‘Bhumika- The Role’ and ‘Kondura’, which was also made in Telugu language. Sulbha has also worked with the noted directors like Saeed Akhtar Mirza in the film ‘Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai’ in 1980, Gulzar in the movie ‘Ijaazat’ in 1987 and Priyadarshan in the movie ‘Virasat’ in 1997. She has also worked in other Hindi movies like ‘Gaman’, ‘Vijeta’, ‘Bheegi Palkein’ and a few more. In 1978, Sulbha directed a Hindi children’s movie ‘Raja Rani Ko Chahiye Pasina’.

Sulabha has also acted in popular Marathi movies. She acted in the super-hit Smita Patil’s Marathi movie ‘Jait Re Jait’ in a supporting role. Later in 2009, she played the role of Bau Aaji in the film ‘Vihir’. She was also seen in the recent movies like ‘Haapus’, ‘Mala Aai Vhhaychy’ and ‘Investments’.

Apart from films & theatre, Sulabha has also done many Hindi & Marathi television serials. In 1986, she acted in the Hindi serial ‘Chhoti Badi Baatein’. Later, she was also seen in the episodes of Zee TV’s show ‘Rishtey’ in both the seasons. She also worked in the shows like ‘Tanha’, ‘Woh’ and ‘Badalte Rishte’. In 2008, she played the role of Shakuben in NDTV Imagine’s show ‘Ek Packet Umeed’. She also played a comedy role in Sab TV’s ‘Mrs.Tendulkar’.

Recently, she played a small role of Sridevi’s mother-in-law in the blockbuster Bollywood movie ‘English Vinglish’, which was directed by Gauri Shinde. She also played the role of Dadi in Sony TV’s serial ‘Kehta Hai Dil Jee Le Zara’, starring Sangeeta Ghosh and Ruslaan Mumtaz.

 

Personal life

Sulbha was married to Arvind Deshpande, who was a noted theatre actor and director. Arvind Deshpande died in 2011.

 

Name of Films

Some of the popular movies of Sulabha Deshpande

Movie Role Language Year
Shantata! Court Chalu AheJaadu Ka Shankh

Zindagi Aur Tufan

Bhumika: The Role

Kondura

Arvind Desai Ki Ajab Dastaan

Gaman

Kasturi

Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyu Ata Hai?

Bheegi Palke

Duniya

Hech Maze Maher

Sur Sangam

Jaanoo

Rajlaxmi

Ijaazat

Salaam Bombay

Tezaab

Khoon Bhari Mang

Tridev

Krodh

Ghar Ho To Aisa

Chaukat Raja

Akka

Yaraana

Bhishma

Ek Phool Teen Kante

Virasat

Mann

Gair

Daughters Of The Century

Moksha: Salvation

Behind The Mirror

Monsoon

Vihir

Haapus

Mala Aai Whaychay

English Vinglish

Investment

Leela Benare

 

Shanta

Kanthamma

 

Vasu’s Mother

 

Albert’s Mother

Janki Krishna Acharya

Mary

Mother-in-law

 

Shantai

Jamuna’s Mom

Parvati

Social Worker

 

Leela

 

 

Devki

 

 

Mrs.D’Souza

Paro’s Mom

 

Bali’s Mother

Orphanage Matron

Kaushalya

Hemlata

Landlady

Grandmother

Sita

Bau Aaji

 

 

Mrs.Godbole

Aai

MarathiHindi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi/ Telugu

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Marathi

Hindi

Hindi

Marathi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Marathi

Marathi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Hindi

Marathi

Marathi

Marathi

Hindi

Marathi

19711974

1975

1977

1978

1978

1978

1980

1980

1982

1984

1984

1985

1985

1987

1987

1988

1988

1988

1989

1990

1990

1991

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

1999

2001

2001

2005

2006

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

 

Name of Serials

Show Role Channel
Choti Badi BaateinRishtey (Season:1)

Rishtey (Season:2)

Badalte Rishtey

Tanha

Woh!

Ek Packet Umeed

Mrs.Tendulkar

Kehta Hai Dil Jee Le Zara

Cameo

Cameo

Sumitra Verma

 

Mother of Woh

Shakuben

Dadi

Aaji

DoordarshanZee TV

Zee TV

 

Star Plus

Zee TV

NDTV Imagine

SAB TV

Sony TV

 

Name of Dramas

Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe

Raja Ranila Ghaam Hava

Sakharam Binder

Durga Zali Gauri

Baba Harvle Aahet

Pandit Tuzi Akka Shendit

Raja Rani Ko Chahiye Pasina

 

Awards

Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

Tanveer Sanman

NanasahebPathak Puraskar

Ganpatrao Joshi Puraskar

Kusumraj Puraskar

Rangbhoomi Jivan Gaurav Puraskar

Sarvshreshtha Kalagaurav Puraskar- Sanskruti Kaladarpan