Vibhawari Deshpande is a well known Marathi film actress. She is also a Marathi writer and director. She played an important role in the Marathi youth based movie ‘Saat Chya Aat Gharaat’.
Early Life & Background
Vibhawari was born and brought up in Pune. Her father, Upendra Dixit runs a book store named ‘International Book Services’ in Pune and her mother is a writer and a theatre critique. Her grandmother Muktabai Dixit was a drama writer. Vibhawari did her schooling from ‘Garware High School’, Pune. She further studied in ‘Fergusson College’ and graduated in Arts & Mass Communication.
Journey in the industry
Vibhawari started her career as an on-screen & off-screen works in college drama. She debuted in Marathi movies with a small role as a receptionist in the Award winning film ‘Shwaas’ in 2004. In the same year, she played a major role in Smita Talwalkar’s youth based movie ‘Saat Chya Aat Gharat’. The movie was based on a true incident. Her role as Ketaki, was critically acclaimed. She later worked in the documentary directed by Jabbar Patel.
Year 2009 was big for Vibhawari as she got her big break with the film ‘Harishchandrachi Factory’. The film was based on the real life of the father of Indian Cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke. Vibhawari portrayed the role of Saraswati Phalke, the wife of Dadasaheb Phalke and she won the Best Actress award by MIFTA (Marathi International Film & Theater Awards). In 2010, she acted in the blockbuster Marathi movie ‘Natarang’ in the role of Dwarka. In 2011, Vibhawari acted in the movie ‘Bal Gandharva’ in the role of his wife. The film was based on the life of one of the greatest Marathi singers and stage actors, Bal Gandharva, who enacted female roles in theatre when women did not act.
Vibhawari was also seen in the Hindi movies like ‘Dum Kaata’ and ‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’ in the supporting roles. She has also acted in the Marathi movies like ‘Deol’ as Poetya’s sister-in-law in 2011 and ‘Chintoo’ as Chintoo’s mom in 2012. She had also acted in the Marathi plays like ‘MH-12 Mukkam Post Pune’.
Apart from acting, Vibhawari is also a Writer and Director. During her college days, she attended workshops conducted by the theatre personality Satyadev Dubey. She used to write the scripts of Drama. She has also written dialogues for the Star Pravah’s serial ‘Agnihotra’. She had also directed a Marathi drama ‘Gayab Geet’ and a Kannada drama ‘Gumma Banda Gumma’. Vibhawari is active in theatre with an Indo-German group “Grips” that produces plays for children.
Name of Films
‘Shwaas’ as a Receptionist in 2004
‘Sat Chya Aat Gharat’ as Ketki in 2004
‘Dum Katta’ as Anaya’s Mother in 2007 (Hindi)
‘Mumbai Meri jaan’ as Archana in 2008 (Hindi)
‘Harishchandra Chi Factory’ as Sarswati – 2009
‘Natrang’ as Dwarka in 2010
‘Balgandharva’ as Laxmi in 2011
‘Deool’ as Potya’s Sister in law in 2011
‘Chintoo’ as Chintoo’s Mother in 2012
‘Tuhya Dharma Koncha’ as Bulbai in 2012
Name of Dramas
MH-12 Mukkam Post Pune
Gumma Banda Gumma (Kannada)