Anita Guha was an Indian Bengali actress who usually played mythological characters in films. She became known for playing the title role in Jai Santoshi Maa (1975). Previously, she had played Sita in other mythological films; Sampoorna Ramayana (1961), Shree Ram Bharat Milap (1965) and Tulsi Vivah (1971). Besides this, she also played notable roles in films such as Goonj Uthi Shehnai (1959), Purnima (1965), Pyar Ki Rahen (1959), Gateway of India (1957), Dekh Kabira Roya (1957) and Sanjog (1961).
|Born||17 January 1932|
|Died||20 June 2007(aged 75)|
She came to Mumbai in the 1950s as a beauty pageant contestant when she was 15 years old. She became an actress there and made her film debut in Tonga-wali (1955). She moved on to hit films such as Dekh Kabira Roya (1957), Sharada (1957), and Goonj Uthi Shehnai, for which she earned nomination in Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress category, the only nomination of her career. In 1961, she appeared as Sita, in Babubhai Mistry's Sampoorna Ramayana, which made her a household name.
But it was her title role in Jai Santoshi Maa (1975) that brought her the most fame. She had never even heard of goddess Santoshi until she was offered the role, as this was a little-known goddess. It was only a guest appearance, and her scenes were shot in 10–12 days. She fasted during the shooting. The low-budget pic was a surprise hit, and broke box office records while becoming a cultural phenomenon. The goddess Santoshi now became a famous goddess, and women all over India worshipped her. People treated the movie theatres showing Jai Santoshi Maa as a temple, bringing offerings of food, leaving slippers at the door. Guha claimed that people came to her asking her to bless them, as they perceived her to be a real goddess. However, she never became a devotee of the goddess herself, claiming that she was a devotee of the goddess Kali.
Other mythological films she acted in include Kavi Kalidas (1959), Jai Dwarkadesh (1977) and Krishna Krishna (1986). She wasn't happy that she became typecast as a mythological actress, because acting offers eventually stopped coming her way. Her earlier credits include period films such as Sangeet Samrat Tansen (1962), Kan Kan Mein Bhagwan (1963) and Veer Bhimsen (1964). She played Rajesh Khanna's adoptive mother in the huge hit Aradhana (1969).
She was married to actor Manik Dutt; they had no biological children. They adopted a girl child later . After her husband's death, she lived alone in Mumbai where she died of cardiac failure on 20 June 2007. Anita Guha is the maternal aunt of actor Prema Narayan. Prema is the daughter of her sister Anuradha Guha.
|Duniya Gol Hai||Devi Diya Kumari|
|1956||Yahudi Ki Beti|
|Ankh Ka Nasha||Asha Devi|
|Pawan Putra Hanuman|
|Gateway of India||Kishore's Girlfriend|
|Dekh Kabira Roya||Rekha|
|1958||Kal Kya Hoga|
|Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan||Karnataki||Raj Nartaki|
|Pyar Ki Rahen|
|Goonj Uthi Shehnai||Ramkali||Nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting|
|Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh||Anita Singh|
|1962||Sangeet Samrat Tansen||Hansa||Love interest of Tansen|
|Kan Kan Men Bhagwan||Roopa|
|Shree Ram Bharat Milan||Sita|
|Shankar Sita Ansuya||Sita|
|Sati Nari||Rajkumari Malavati|
|Jahan Sati Wahan Bhagwan||Mandakini / Gandharv Kanya|
|Aradhana||Foster mother of Suraj||Credited as Anita Dutt|
|Sati Sulochana||Naagkumari Sulochana|
|1971||Tulsi Vivah||Goddess Lakshmi|
|1973||Jhoom Utha Akash|
|1974||Jab Andhera Hota Hai||Mrs. Manorama Bhardwaj|
|1975||Mahapavan Teerth Yatra|
|Jai Santoshi Maa||Goddess Santoshi||Popular & Memorable role|
|Biwi Kiraya Ki|
|1976||Ladki Bholi Bhali||Raju's Mother|
|Jai Mahalaxmi Maa|
|Do Khiladi||Mamta Singh|
|Jai Ambe Maa|
|1978||Tumhare Liye||Sheela devi|
|1979||Guru Ho Jaa Shuru||Sheela's mom|
|1981||Sampoorna Santoshi Maa Ki Mahima|
|Sati Naag Kanya||Sati Anasuya|
|1989||Socha Na Tha|
|1991||Lakhpati||Rambha||(final film role)|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- "Santoshi Maa Anita Guha dead". The Times of India. 20 June 2007.
- "Anita Guha, 70s, actress - Entertainment News, Obituary, Media - Variety". Variety. Archived from the original on 9 July 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
- "1st Filmfare Awards 1953" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 June 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
- "Anita Guha dead". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 20 June 2007. Archived from the original on 9 January 2020. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- Kahlon, Sukhpreet. "Anita Guha, a different 'Maa' in Indian cinema – Death anniversary special". Cinestaan.com. Archived from the original on 25 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
- The Telegraph - Calcutta : etc Archived 29 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine The Telegraph (Kolkata)
- On playing Santoshi Ma Archived 19 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine Rediff.com.