Sarita Joshi (née Bhosle) (born 17 October 1941) is an Indian stage, television and film actress and is a veteran actress of Gujarati theatre and Marathi theatre and also Marathi cinema. In 2020, she was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, by the Government of India for her contribution to arts. She is widely remembered for her role as Godavari Labhshankar Thakkar a.k.a. Baa in the Star Plus hit dramedy Baa Bahoo Aur Baby, for which she won many awards. She is known for her Gujarati plays done with her husband Pravin Joshi in the 1970s.
Sarita Bhosle, Indu/Indumati
17 October 1941
|Other names||Sarita, Indumati, Baa, Santu, Godavariben Thakkar, Bakulaben Raja, Hansa Lalita and Aruna etc|
Manasi Joshi Roy
In 1988, she was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting in Gujarati by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama. In 2020, she has been awarded with Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award for her contribution in Art. She was recently seen in (2019) Zee TV's Hamari Bahu Silk as a hard-working business woman who hates films especially 'A' grade films . Sarita Joshi is currently seen on Anupama: Namaste America a prequel web series to Star Plus show Anupamaa as Rupali Ganguly portraying Anupamaa's grandmother-in-law and Arvind Vaidya portraying Hasmukh's mother Moti Baa, with whom she worked in Star Plus show Baa Bahoo Aur Baby where she was played mother and wife to Ganguly and Vaidya's characters respectively.
Sarita was born in a middle class Marathi family in Pune, though she grew up in Vadodara. Her father, Bhimrao Bhosle, was a barrister and mother, Kamlabai Rane, was from Goa. She began acting on stage at the age of nine along with her sister Padmarani, due to financial problems that her family found itself in. Though she started with traditional theatre, she soon started working with noted artists like Shanta Apte. She is often confused with her sister, Padmarani, who is also an actress.
After working as child actor for six years, Joshi got her first lead role at age 16. She went to act with Indian National Theatre Gujarati, and it was here that she met her future husband Pravin Joshi.
She made television debut in the 1980s, with the TV series, Titliyan (Butterflies), directed by Nadira Babbar, followed by numerous series in the 90s, including, Zee TV's Zee TV's Hasratein. She is best known for portraying Baa aka Godavari Labhshankar Thakkar a tough yet fair and loving matriarch in the household hit serial Baa Bahoo Aur Baby in which she was cast opposite a renowned theatre, film and television actor Arvind Vaidya with whom she also did the play named Masala Mami, which stopped on 28 March 2009 for a temporary seasonal break, but was renewed on popular demand. It is a popular show among masses and is still loved by the audience and are waiting for its next season. It ran for five years on television owing to its cast, storyline and performances. In 2009, Joshi played in the serial Kuchh Kook Hota Hai as Rani on 9X. Joshi played Asha Parekh's friend in the movie Kanyadaan in 1968 and also appeared in the song "Mil Gaye Milgaye Aaj Mere Sanam" from the same film. Joshi played Vijayanthimala's friend in the movie Pyar Hi Pyar in 1969. She also portrayed Abhishek Bachchan's mother in Guru, directed by filmmaker Mani Ratnam. She also played a central character in the 2008 movie Dasvidaniya. Joshi then travelled to the United States that year to be part of the crossover film, Bollywood Beats, starring alongside Lilette Dubey and Pooja Kumar, in a film directed by Mehul Shah. Out of all the mediums, she holds a special corner for theatre and stage performances. She claims that the joy of performing on stage is any time better than anything else and that theatre will always be her first love.
She stars in Star Plus' Chand Chupa Badal Mein, which is produced by Rajan Shahi as the caring, confident grandmother of female lead Nivedita, played by Neha Sargam. Her film Gangoobai has been released in theatres in January 2013 in which she plays the protagonist. She appeared in Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi in 2015 as female lead (Radhika Madan's) grandmother aka Hansa Govardhan Parekh. She was also seen playing the character of Lalita Swamy "Amma" and as "daadi maa"in the episodic story 9 saal ki dadi maa in Sab TV's serial Khidki. She played the character of Bakula - the lead role in the &TV serial Bakula Bua Ka Bhoot in 2017.She also played cameo as Champa Kaki in (2005-2006) Star Plus's Khichdi Returns.
She played the character of Subhadra in the Colors TV show Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka (2018). She was seen in Zee TV's Hamari Bahu Silk (2019) in pivotal role as Aruna Parekh aka Baa— a wealthy and hardworking business woman who hates films especially 'A' grade films, she was also reunited with her onscreen son (Subodh) played by Rajesh Kumar in Baa Bahoo Aur Baby after 9 years on television.
Joshi was married to theatre director and playwright Pravin Joshi. She is the mother of actresses Ketki Dave, who played the role of Daksha in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and of Purbi Joshi, who appears on Comedy Circus as a host. Aruna Irani is her sister's niece from husband side. Her niece is Manasi Joshi Roy (wife of Rohit Roy) and nephew is actor Sharman Joshi (son in law of Prem Chopra), son of theatre veteran Arvind Joshi.
- Ame Paranyaa (1948-50)
- Aaj ni Vaat (1948-50)
- Dil ki Pyaas, Aankh ka Nasha
- Ra Mandalik
- Malavpati Munj
- Prithvi Raaj Chauhan
- Kuleen Kanya
- Bal Kanaiyo
- Inquilaab (Hindi)
- Anokhi Pooja
- Mangal Moorty
- Jojo Moda Na Padaota (1962)
- Prithvi Vallabh
- Saccha Bola Jutha Laga
- Balwant ni Baby
- Moti Veraana Chok ma
- Mograna Saap (1963)
- Chandarvo (1963)
- Veni Ma Char Phool
- Evam Indrajit
- Sapna na Vavetar
- Sahebo Gulab no Chod
- Kaanch no Chandramaa
- Vaishaki Koyal
- Manju Manju
- Santu Rangili (1973)
- Kumarni Agashi (1975)
- Mausam Chalke
- Lady Lalkunwar
- Savita Damodar Paranjpe
- Do Diwane Shaher Mein
- Masala Mami (Gujarati)– with Arvind Vaidya and Disha Vakani in the cast
- Avsar Aavi ne Ubho Aangane
- Sakubai (Hindi)
- Shyamchi Aai (Marathi)
|1999-2002||Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka.||Sumitra|
|2000||CID||Suhasini Khandra||2 episodes|
|2005||Khichdi||Champa Kaki||Guest appearance|
|2005-2010||Baa Bahoo Aur Baby||Godavari Labhshankar Thakkar|
|2009||Kuch Kook Hota Hai||Rani|
|2010-2011||Chand Chupa Badal Mein||Naintara Sharma|
|2012||Savdhaan India||Season 1; Episode 209|
|Byaah Hamari Bahoo Ka||Tuljabai Dolkar|
|2013||Bh Se Bhade||Kalyani Joshi|
|2014-2016||Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi||Hansa Govardhandas Parekh|
|2016||Khidki||Lalita Swami / Gomati|
|2017||Bakula Bua Ka Bhoot||Bakula|
|2018||Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka||Subhadra||Cameo|
|2019||Hamari Bahu Silk||Aruna Parekh|
|1983||Khamma Mara Lal||Gujarati|
|1988||Main Zinda Hoon||Hindi|
|1992||Karm Yodha||Mrs. Dasgupta||Hindi|
|2006||Darna Zaroori Hai||Satish's Mother||Hindi|
|2014||Singham Returns||Mrs. Jadhav||Hindi|
|2016||Samuel Street||Sarita Joshi||English|
|2021||Metro Park 2||Mummy|
|2022||Anupama: Namaste America||Moti Baa|||
In 1988, she was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting in Gujarati. In 2007, for her role as Godavari Labhshankar Thakkar in Baa Bahoo Aur Baby, she was awarded a Best Actress in a Drama award by the IDEA Indian Television Academy Awards.
Other awards include:
- Lifetime Achievement Award for Gujarati Theatre in 2007 by Transmedia (Organization felicitating artist on Gujarati Theatre & TV)
- Mumbai Nagar Palika – Gold Medal
- Marathi Natya Parishad – 1988
- Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar – 1990
- Bank of India- Utkrushta Puraskar – 1997–98
- Indo-American Society Award for Excellence – 1998
- Gujarat Government Award – 1998
- Bruhad Mumbai Gujarati Samaj – 2000
- National School of Drama – (Delhi 2001)
- RAPA Award – 2008
- Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar – 2010
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