Miss Shefali

Arati Das (1944 – 6 February 2020[1]), known professionally as Miss Shefali, was an Indian Bengali actress and dancer who was recognized for her work in Bengali cinema.She had worked with film director Satyajit Ray in classics like Pratidwandi and Seemabaddha. She is known as the Queen of Cabaret.

Miss Shefali
Died6 February 2020(2020-02-06) (aged 76)
Other namesArati Das
OccupationActress, Dancer

Early Life and backgroundEdit

Arati Das was the youngest of three sisters hailing from a refugee family of East Bengal (now in Bangladesh). She started performing cabaret at the age of 11 at Firpo's hotel and later in the Grand Hotel to earn for her family and then there was no looking back.[2]


Arati Das had made her film debut in Chowringhee, in which she acts with actors like Supriya Devi, Uttam Kumar, Utpal Dutt, and Biswajit. Besides films, she also acted in several stage plays and theater. Her plays include Samrat O Sundari, Saheb Bibi Golam, and Ashlil. She was also a writer. Her autobiography Sandhya Rater Shefali (Shefali of the Evenings and Nights) was published recently.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

An American National named Robin once wanted to marry her but for her family she decided to stay in India as unmarried. [4]

Selected filmographyEdit

  1. Jayadeb (1962) Oriya film
  2. Bhoot Bungla (1965) Hindi film
  3. Mere Huzoor (1968)
  4. Baharoon Ki Manzil(1968) as Rosi
  5. Chowringee (1968)
  6. Ustad 420 (1969)
  7. Raaton Ka Raja (1970)
  8. Veer Ghatothkach (1970)
  9. Pratidwandi (1970)as Latika
  10. Heer Ranjha(1970)
  11. Aag Aur Daag (1970) as Lily
  12. Brahma Bishnu Mahesh (1971)
  13. Seemabaddha (1971)
  14. Company Limited (1971)
  15. Lal Pathar (1971)
  16. Caravan (1971) as a gypsy dancer
  17. Shor(1972)
  18. Samrat O Sundari
  19. Ashlil
  20. Call Girl (1975)
  21. Madhosh (1975)
  22. Ponga Pandit (1975)
  23. Apne Dushman (1975)
  24. Gumrah (1976)
  25. Aloor Thikana (1976)
  26. Bullet (1976)
  27. Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977)
  28. Hatyara (1977)
  29. Saheb bibi Golam
  30. Ram Balram (1980)
  31. Pennam Calcutta (1992)


  1. ^ "Veteran Dancer Arati Das, Better Known As Miss Shefali, Dies At 76". ndtv. 6 February 2020. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Of love, lust and Miss Shefali: Why did Ray's Bengal find it difficult to accept its Queen of Cabaret?". timesofindia. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Bengals cabaret queen Miss Shefali dead". outlookindia. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Ask me anything you want Shefali". telegraphindia. Retrieved 11 February 2020.

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