|Died||4 June 2016 (aged 78–79)
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. 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. In recent years she acted in serials like Jee Ley Zara, Ek Packet Umeed, “Asmita” and films like English Vinglish.
She was born and brought up in Mumbai, where she studied at Siddhartha College in Fort, Mumbai, and later received a degree in education.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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. Notable Bollywood actors Nana Patekar and Urmila Matondkar have been students of Chandrashala. She was currently playing a role of Grandmother-in-law in Zee Marathi’s Serial “Asmita “.
She was married to noted theatre actor-director, Arvind Deshpande, who died in 1987.
|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|
|1978||Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan अरविंद देसाई की अजीब दास्तान||Hindi|
|1978||Kondura||Kanthamma||Hindi / Telugu|
|1980||Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai अल्बर्ट पिंटो को गुस्सा क्यों आता है||Albert’s mother||Hindi|
|1980||Yah Kaisa Insafयह कैसा इंसाफ||Hindi|
|1982||Bheegi Palkein||Janki Kishan Acharya||Hindi|
|1984||Hech Maza Maherहेच माझं माहेर||Hindi|
|1985||Sur Sangamसुर संगम||Hindi|
|1988||“Salaam Bombay!” सलाम बोम्बे!||Social Worker at Welfare Centre||Hindi|
|1988||“Khoon Bhari Mang” खून भरी मांग||Hindi|
|1990||Ghar Ho To Aisaघर हो तो ऐसा||Dipti Naval’s Mother||Hindi|
|1991||Dushman Devta दुश्मन देवता||Hindi|
|1991||Chaukat Rajaचौकट राजा||Nandu’s mother||Marathi|
|1992||Dil Aashna Hai दिल आशना है||Hindi|
|1992||Jaan Tere Naam जान तेरे नाम||Hindi|
|1993||Aadmi Khilouna Hai आदमी खिलौना है||Hindi|
|1994||Mister Aajad मिस्टर आजाद||Hindi|
|1995||Ab Insaf Hoga अब इंसाफ होगा||Hindi|
|1996||Badalte Rishte बदलते रिश्ते||Hindi|
|1997||Virasat विरासत||Bali’s mother||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|
|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|
|2011||Mala Aai Vhhaychy!||Marathi|
|2012||English Vinglish||Mrs. Godbole||Hindi|
|1978||Raja Rani Ko Chahiye Pasina||Hindi||Children’s film|
|1986||Chhoti Badi Baatein||Hindi|
|Rishtey (Season 1)
Episode: Jeeya Jaaye Naa…
|Rishtey (Season 2)
|2008||Ek Packet Umeed||Hindi||NDTV Imagine|
|2011||Mrs. Tendulkar||Hindi||SAB TV|
|2013||Kehta Hai Dil Jee Le Zara||Hindi||Sony Entertainment Television|
|Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe||Marathi|
|Raja Ranila Ghaam Hava||Marathi|
|Durga Zaali Gauri||Marathi|
|Baba Harvale Ahet||Marathi|
|Pandit Pandit Tujhi Akkal Shendit||Marathi|
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. She also received the award, Tanveer Sanman in 2010. 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 and Sarvashrestha Kalagaurav Puraskar by Sanskruti Kaladarpan.
Sulabha Deshpande was cremated today amid presence of a number of film personalities …
4 days ago – Sulabha Deshpande died at her Mumbai residence after a prolonged illness, family sources said.
5 days ago – Veteran theatre and film actor Sulabha Deshpande, who had acted in … playwrights such as Vijay Tendulkar, Deshpande featured in several …
3 days ago – Noted theatre and film actress Sulabha Deshpande was cremated on June 5. Several celebrities and politicians attended the funeral.
4 days ago – Sulabha Deshpande is admired for several films including Bhumika, Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan and English Vinglish as well as many TV …
5 days ago – Veteran theatre and film actor Sulabha Deshpande, who had acted in numerous Marathi and Hindi films, died at her Mumbai residence on …
3 days ago – Sonali Kulkarni and Nana Patekar at the funeral of veteran actress, Sulabha Deshpande, yesterday. Deshpande passed away on June 4.
4 days ago – The actor, who was 80, is known for films including Bhumika, Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan, English Vinglish as well as many TV serials and …
4 days ago – Mumbai: Veteran Bollywood and Marathi cinema, stage and television actress and directorSulabha Deshpande passed away in Mumbai on …