1937-4 JUN 2016 SULABHA DESHPANDE

Sulabha Deshpande

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Sulabha Deshpande
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Born 1937
Mumbai, India
Died 4 June 2016 (aged 78–79)[1]
Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress, director
Years active 1960s–2016
Spouse(s) Arvind Deshpande

Sulabha (or Sulbha) Deshpande (Marathi: सुलभा देशपांडे; 1937 – 4 June 2016) was an acclaimed Indian film, theatre and television actress and theatre director. Apart from Marathi theatre as well as Hindi theatre in Mumbai, she has acted in over 73 movies mainstream Bollywood as well as art house cinema, like Bhumika (1977), Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan (1978) and Gaman (1978) as a character actor, apart from numerous TV series and plays.[2][3] A leading figure in experimental theatre movement of the 1960s, she was associated with Rangayan, and personalities like Vijay Tendulkar, Vijaya Mehta, and Satyadev Dubey. In 1971 she co-founded, theatre group, Awishkar with her husband Arvind Deshpande, and also started its children’s wing, Chandrashala, which continues to perform professional children theatre.[4] In recent years she acted in serials like Jee Ley Zara, Ek Packet Umeed, “Asmita” and films like English Vinglish.

Early life[edit]

She was born and brought up in Mumbai, where she studied at Siddhartha College in Fort, Mumbai, and later received a degree in education.

Career[edit]

Deshpande started her career as a teacher at Chhabildas Boy’s High School in Dadar, Mumbai, while working here she asked noted playwright, Vijay Tendulkar to write a few plays for her students, this started her association with theatre, and in time made one of the pioneers in experimental theatre movement of the 1960s, as she joined the group Rangayan, which was founded by Vijaya Mehta, Vijay Tendulkar, Arvind Deshpande and Shriram Lagoo.[5] Soon, she started her acting career, though she first received acclaimed when she won state-level competitions for her plays like Madhlya Bhintee, Sasaa Ani Kasav, After Rangayan dispersed, she along with her husband Arvind Deshpande, and Arun Kakade formed the theatre group, Awishkar in 1971. Having played the lead role of Leela Benare in Vijay Tendulkar‘s noted play Shantata! Court Chalu Ahe in 1967 she established her calibre, later she reprised her role in the 1971 film version of the play directed by Satyadev Dubey, which turned out to be breakthrough role in feature films, thereafter she went on to work extensively both in Hindi cinema as well as Marathi cinema, and directors like Shyam Benegal, through the height of Indian new wave cinema, in the 1970s and 1980s.[6][7]

Awishkar was housed in the Chhabildas Hall at the Chhabildas Boy’s High School, Mumbai, and thus gave rise to Chabildas theatre movement of amateur theatre. It also hold adult education workshops and trains young adults.[8] Soon, she established the Chandrashala, the children’s theatre wing of Awishkar, and directed plays like Baba Harvale Ahet, Raja Ranila Ghaam Hava and Pandit Pandit Tujhi Akkal Shendit and notably the Sangeet Natak, Durga jhali Gauri (Durga Became Gauri) in 1982, a dance drama with a cast of seventy children.[6][7][9] She later directed the Hindi film version of the play Raja Ranila Ghaam Hava in 1978. After nearly 18 years of its establishment, Awishkar’s association with Chhabildas school ended and the group restarted at the Mahim Municipal School, where it continues to hold its theatre productions, workshops and annual school production of Durga jhali Gauri performed by a new cast each year.[10] Notable Bollywood actors Nana Patekar and Urmila Matondkar have been students of Chandrashala.[11] She was currently playing a role of Grandmother-in-law in Zee Marathi’s Serial “Asmita “.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to noted theatre actor-director, Arvind Deshpande, who died in 1987.

Death[edit]

Sulabha Deshpande died on 4 June 2016 in Mumbai.[12][13]

Selected filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

[14]

As actor
Year Title Role Language
1971 Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe Leela Benare Marathi
1974 Jadu Ka Shankh जादू का शंख Hindi
1975 Zindagi Aur Toofan Hindi
1977 Jait Re Jaitजैत रे जैत Marathi
1977 Bhumika Shanta Hindi
1978 Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan अरविंद देसाई की अजीब दास्तान Hindi
1978 Kondura Kanthamma Hindi / Telugu
1978 Gaman Vasu’s mother Hindi
1980 Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai अल्बर्ट पिंटो को गुस्सा क्यों आता है Albert’s mother Hindi
1980 Kasturi कस्तूरी Hindi
1980 Yah Kaisa Insafयह कैसा इंसाफ Hindi
1982 Vijeta Hindi
1982 Sitam सितम Hindi
1982 Bheegi Palkein Janki Kishan Acharya Hindi
1982 Ramnagari रामनगरी Hindi
1984 Duniyaदुनिया Hindi
1984 Hech Maza Maherहेच माझं माहेर Hindi
1985 Ghardwarघर द्वार Hindi
1985 Januजानू Hindi
1985 Sur Sangamसुर संगम Hindi
1987 Ijaazatइजाजत Parvati Hindi
1988 Salaam Bombay!” सलाम बोम्बे! Social Worker at Welfare Centre Hindi
1988 Khoon Bhari Mang” खून भरी मांग Hindi
1989 TriDeoत्रिदेव Hindi
1990 Ghar Ho To Aisaघर हो तो ऐसा Dipti Naval’s Mother Hindi
1990 Krodh क्रोध Hindi
1991 Dushman Devta दुश्मन देवता Hindi
1991 Chaukat Rajaचौकट राजा Nandu’s mother Marathi
1992 Dil Aashna Hai दिल आशना है Hindi
1992 Hamla हमला Hindi
1992 Jaan Tere Naam जान तेरे नाम Hindi
1993 Aadmi Khilouna Hai आदमी खिलौना है Hindi
1994 Chouraha चौराहा Hindi
1994 Mister Aajad मिस्टर आजाद Hindi
1995 Ab Insaf Hoga अब इंसाफ होगा Hindi
1995 Yarana याराना Hindi
1996 Badalte Rishte बदलते रिश्ते Hindi
1996 Bhishma भीष्म Hindi
1997 Virasat विरासत Bali’s mother Hindi
1997 Tamanna तमन्ना Hindi
1997 Ek Phool Tin Kante एक फूल तीन कांटे Hindi
1997 Common Man कॉमन मॅन Hindi
1997 Raja ki aayegi barratराजा की आयेगी बारात Hindi
1997 Gulam E Mustaphaगैर Hindi
1998 Yug Purushयुगपुरुष Hindi
1999 Gairगुलाम-ऐ-मुस्तफा Hindi
2001 Daughters of This Century डॉटर्स ऑफ धिस सेंचुरी Hemlata Hindi
2005 The Film द फिल्म Hindi
2005 Darpan Ke Piche दर्पण के पीछे Hindi
2009 Vihir Bau Aaji Marathi
2010 Haapus Marathi
2011 Mala Aai Vhhaychy! Marathi
2012 English Vinglish Mrs. Godbole Hindi
2013 Investment Aai Marathi
As director
Year Title Language Notes
1978 Raja Rani Ko Chahiye Pasina Hindi Children’s film

Television[edit]

As actor
Year Title Language Channel
1986 Chhoti Badi Baatein Hindi
Rishtey (Season 1)
Episode: Jeeya Jaaye Naa…
Hindi Zee TV
Rishtey (Season 2)
Episode: Chhaaya
Hindi Zee TV
1996 Badalte Rishte Hindi
1997–1999 Tanha Hindi Star Plus
1998 Woh Hindi Zee Tv
2008 Ek Packet Umeed Hindi NDTV Imagine
2011 Mrs. Tendulkar Hindi SAB TV
2013 Kehta Hai Dil Jee Le Zara Hindi Sony Entertainment Television
2014-2016 Asmita Marathi Zee Marathi

Theatre[15][edit]

Title Language Notes
Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe Marathi
Raja Ranila Ghaam Hava Marathi
Sakharam Binder Marathi
Durga Zaali Gauri Marathi
Baba Harvale Ahet Marathi
Pandit Pandit Tujhi Akkal Shendit Marathi

Awards[edit]

She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for theatre acting in Marathi and Hindi theatre in 1987, the award is given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama. It is the highest Indian recognition given to practising artists.[16] She also received the award, Tanveer Sanman in 2010.[6] She has also been honoured by various other awards like Nanasaheb Phatak Puraskar, Ganpatrao Joshi Puraskar, Vasantrao Kanetkar Puraskar, Kusumagraj Puraskar, Rangabhoomi Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar[17] and Sarvashrestha Kalagaurav Puraskar by Sanskruti Kaladarpan.[18]

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Sulabha Deshpande
Film actress
Sulabha Deshpande was an acclaimed Indian film, theatre and television actress and theatre director. Wikipedia
Born: 1937, Mumbai
Died: June 4, 2016, Mumbai
Spouse: Arvind Deshpande (m. ?–1987)
English Vinglish (2012)
English Vinglish
2012
Avatarachi Goshta (2014)
Avatarachi Goshta
2014
Jaan Tere Naam (1992)
Jaan Tere Naam
1992
Bhumika (1977)
Bhumika
1977
Bazaar (1982)
Bazaar
1982
Sulabha Deshpande and Arvind Deshpande were married (until 1987). Both appear in Vijeta, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai, and other movies.
Arvind Deshpande
Former spouse
Sulabha Deshpande and Shreeram Lagoo appear in Dushman Devta, Dooriyaan, and other movies.
Shreeram Lagoo
Sulabha Deshpande appears in and Gauri Shinde directed English Vinglish.
Gauri Shinde
Sulabha Deshpande appears in and Satyadev Dubey wrote Bhumika and Vijeta.
Satyadev Dubey
Sulabha Deshpande and Ajit Vachani appear in Jaan Tere Naam and Rajlakshmi.
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