|Died||3 March 2000|
|Alma mater||Studied at Parel English High School|
Life and careerEdit
She is the daughter of Vatsala Deshmukh. Her aunt, Sandhya was married to V. Shantaram, who introduced her to the screen in Chandanachi Choli Ang Ang Jaali(1975). She then starred in the lead role in Shantaram's next film, Jhunj. Ranjana won the state government award for best actress twice : Are Sansar Sansar(1980) and Gup Chup Gup Chup(1983). Her other key films include Sushila, Gondhalat Gondhal, Mumbaicha Faujdar, Bin Kamacha Navra, Khichdi, Chani, Jakhmi Vaghin, Bhujang and Ek Daav Bhutacha.
Ranjana made hit pairs at the box office with several noted Marathi film actors including Ashok Saraf, Avinash Masurekar, Shriram Lagoo, Kuldeep Pawar, Nilu Phule, Ravindra Mahajani, Raja Gosavi and others. Ranjana Deshmukh's career came to an abrupt end in 1987 in a car accident while she was on her way to Bangalore to shoot for Jhanjhaar. Ranjana's legs were paralysed in the accident. She was engaged to Ashok Saraf earlier. After her accident she was in a play named Fakt Ekdaach.
- Are Sansar Sansar
- Asla Navara Nako Ga Bai
- Bin Kamacha Navra
- Baiko Asavi Ashi
- Chandanachi Choli Ang Aang Jali
- Ek Daav Bhutacha
- Galli te Dilli
- Gondhalat Gondhal
- Gupchup Gupchup
- Halad kunku
- Iye Marathiche Nagari
- Jhakmi Vaghin
- Jhanjhaar (1987)
- Kela Ishara Jata Jata
- Lakshmichi Paule
- Mardani (1983)
- Mumbaicha Faujdar
- Sage Soyre
- Sasu Varchadh Jawai
Ranjana died of a heart attack at her residence at Parel in central Mumbai, India. She was 45. She is survived by her mother Vatsala Deshmukh, a noted character actress of her time and her aunt Sandhya, Hindi film actress and wife of V. Shantaram.
Zee Talkies paid tribute to Ranjana by showcasing her select movies on 3 March 2011. The government of Maharashtra has instituted an award in her memory.
- "Marathi actress dead". The Tribune. 4 March 2000. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
- "18 वर्षांपूर्वी जगातून कायमची निघून गेली रंजना, एका अपघाताने संपुष्टात आले होते करिअर". divyamarathi (in Marathi). 4 April 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
- "ऐंशीच्या दशकातील या प्रसिद्ध मराठी अभिनेत्रीने शेवटची काही वर्षं काढली व्हीलचेअरवर". Lokmat (in Marathi). 6 March 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
पण त्यांच्या मृत्यूच्या काही वर्षं आधी त्यांनी फक्त एकदाच या नाटकात काम केले होते. या नाटकातील त्यांची भूमिका ही त्यांची शेवटची भूमिका ठरली.
- "V Shantaram: The man behind the legend". Moneylife NEWS & VIEWS. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
- "> News Releases > Zee Talkies pays tribute to veteran actress Ranjana". Indiantelevision.com. Retrieved 13 February 2012.