Bombay, British India
|Died||9 February 2000
Pune, Maharashtra, India
|Occupation||actress, film director|
Shobhna Samarth (Marathi: शोभना समर्थ) (c. 1915 – 9 February 2000) was a Marathi actress who began her career in the early days of talkie movies in the Indian film industry, and continued in lead roles into the 1950s. She started in Marathi cinema. Her first Hindi film, Nigahen Nafrat was released in 1935. She is best remembered for her portrayal of Sita in Ram Rajya (1943).
She was married to director and cinematographer Kumarsen Samarth from Vile Parle(E), Mumbai. They had four daughters. Eventually the couple parted amicably and Shobhana became linked to actor Motilal. Two of her daughters, Nutan and Tanuja, also became actresses. Shobhana produced their debut films. Another daughter, Chatura, is an artist, and her daughter Reshma, who is married, currently lives in St. Louis, MO. Chatura acted in only 1 Bollywood movie, and Reshma never entered into movies. Nutan's son Mohnish Behl is also an actor as are Tanuja's daughters Kajol & Tanisha Mukherjee. Kajol is married to actor Ajay Devgan. Other members of the dynasty include Shomu Mukherjee who married Tanuja. (See Mukherjee-Samarth family (film)).
She and daughter Nutan were estranged for more than two decades but reconciled three years before Nutan's death from cancer in February 1991. At her own death from cancer in 2000, Shobhna had seven granddaughters, one grandson, three great-granddaughters, and two great-grandsons.She was Lux's first heroine
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