Sarika Thakur (born 3 June 1960), better known as Sarika, is an Indian actress. Apart from acting, she also served as costume designer, sound designer & associate director for Kuruthipunal under Raaj Kamal Films International. In 2005, she won the National Film Award for Best Actress for the English film Parzania.
3 June 1960
(m. 1988; div. 2004)
Sarika was born in New Delhi into a family of Maharashtrian and Rajput descent. Her father abandoned the family when she was very young. From then on, she became the head of the family and had to work. She did not attend school.
Sarika started her film career as a child actor at the age of 5, playing the role of a boy, Master Sooraj, during the 1960s in Bollywood. Her most notable and popular appearance as a child artist was in the year 1967 in the musical superhit Hamraaz, where she was seen as the daughter of Vimi named baby Saarika. She appeared in many children's movies. Later, she moved on to films with Rajshri Productions Geet Gaata Chal with Sachin, with whom she starred in many Hindi and Marathi films.
In Sarika's acting career, she was often cast as a "westernized girl" in films due to her Non-Indian looks. She gave birth to a baby girl, Shruti Hassan in 1986. She gave up her acting career after her marriage to Kamal Haasan and moved to Chennai with him during the peak of her career. After separating from her husband, she made a comeback in Hindi films. She played Ipsita Ray Chakraverti in the film Sacred Evil – A True Story which failed at the box office.
In year 2000, Sarika won the National Film Award for Best Costume Design for the film Hey Ram. Her performance in Parzania in which she plays the role of a Zoroastrian woman who loses her child during the 2002 riots of India, earned her the National Film Award for Best Actress. Khalid Mohamed wrote for Hindustan Times of her performance, "Sarika is marvellously restrained and lifelike, making you care for Parzania straight from the heart."
Sarika has starred as Sheetal Thadani in the movie Bheja Fry (2006), where she played the wife of Rajat Kapoor. She also had a small but important role in Manorama Six Feet Under. Her latest movie is Shoebite, which has been delayed for production, where she stars opposite Amitabh Bachchan.
|2016||Baar Baar Dekho||Mrs. Varma|
|2014||Purani Jeans||Sherry Lawrence|
|2013||Club 60||Dr. Saira Shaikh|
|2012||Jab Tak Hai Jaan||Dr. Zoya Ali Khan|
|2008||Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors||Hari Puttar's Mother|
|2008||Yeh Mera India||Sushma Talreja|
|2008||Tahaan||(uncredited) Tahaan's Mother|
|2007||Manorama Six Feet Under||Manorama|
|2007||Bheja Fry||Sheetal R. Thadani|
|2005||Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow||Ira Haksar|
|2003||Raghu Romeo||Party guest|
|1985||Ek Daku Saher Mein||Ranjana|
|1985||Ram Tere Kitne Nam||(uncredited) Lily (scene from Devta)|
|1984||Ram Tera Desh||Lily D'Souza|
|1983||Bade Dil Wala||Juhi Sinha/Juhi V. Gupta|
|1983||Nastik||(as Baby Sarika) Mala|
|1982||Badle Ki Aag||Asha|
|1982||Yeh Vaada Raha||Rita Saxena|
|1982||Shriman Shrimati||Aruna Gupta|
|1982||Satte Pe Satta||Sheela|
|1982||Dil Hi Dil Mein||Gulabo/Rani|
|1981||Khara Khota||With actor Raj Kiran|
|1981||Plot No. 5|
|1980||Jyoti Bane Jwala||Asha|
|1980||Nazrana Pyar Ka||Anuradha|
|1980||Yeh Kaisa Insaaf?||Sudha|
|1979||Bin Phere Hum Tere||Shikha|
|1979||Raakhi Ki Saugandh||Paro/Tina|
|1979||Til Til Dalekha|
|1978||Dil Aur Deewaar||Laxmi Rai|
|1977||Paradh||Marathi Film (Nutan Sachin Pilgaonkar Shreeram Lagoo)|
|1976||Bundal Baaz||(uncredited) TV Newscaster|
|1975||Geet Gaata Chal||Radha|
|1975||Kaagaz Ki Nao|
|1972||Haar Jeet||Child artist|
|1971||Chhoti Bahu||(uncredited) Gopi|
|1971||Jawan Muhabat||Child artist - Rekha Sareen|
|1970||Devi||(as Moppet Suraj) Deepak|
|1969||Balak||Child artist - Deepak "Deepu"|
|1969||Satyakam||Child artist - Kabul S. Archarya|
|1968||Aashirwad||Child artist - Neena|
|1967||Hamraaz||Child artist - Sarika|
|1967||Majhli Didi||Uma – Hemangini|
|2014||Yudh (TV series)||Sony||Gauri Sekhar|
|2015||Darr Sabko Lagta Hai||episode eleven in &TV||Miss Consica|
- "53rd National Film Awards – 2006". Directorate of Film Festivals. p. 30. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
- "I get devastated at the idea of marriage: Shruti Haasan". Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- "Times of India". Times of India. p. 6. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- Mohamed, Khalid (2006). "Parzania". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 23 February 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
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