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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. She is best known for her role as Godavari Thakkar in the hit Star Plus TV series Baa Bahoo Aur Baby.

Sarita Joshi
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Sarita Bhosle

(1941-10-17) 17 October 1941 (age 77)
Other namesGodavari Thakkar
Years active1950-present
Spouse(s)Pravin Joshi
ChildrenKetki Dave
Purbi Joshi

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.[1]


Early lifeEdit

Sarita was born in a middle class Marathi family in Pune, though she grew up in Vadodara.[2] 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 financial problems that her family found itself in. Though she started with traditional theatre, she soon started working with noted artists like Shanta Apte.[2] She is often confused with her sister, Padmarani, who is also a renowned and famous 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, and it was here that she met her future husband Pravin Joshi.[2] 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, Hasratein.[2]

She is best known for portraying a tough yet fair matriarch in the household hit serial Baa Bahoo Aur Baby,[3] which stopped on 28 March 2009 for a temporary seasonal break, but was renewed on popular demand. 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.[citation needed]

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 also played the character of the biological mother of Gopikishan Vaishnav, played by Gaurav Khanna in Sony's Byaah Hamari Bahoo Ka. She appeared in Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi in 2015 and she was also seen playing the character of Lalita Swamy "Amma" in Sab TV's serial Khidki. she played the character of Bakula in the serial Bakula Bua Ka Bhoot and also played the character of Champa Kaki in Khichdi Returns.

She played the character of Subhadra in the serial Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka on supporting role the Protagonist is now playing.

Personal lifeEdit

Joshi was married to theatre director and playwright Pravin Joshi.[4] 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), children of theatre veteran Arvind Joshi.[2][3]



Year Show Role Channel
1989 Titliyan DD National
1993 Hasratein Shanta Ben Zee TV
1999-2002 Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka. Sumitra(Rashmi's Mother) Sony TV
2000 CID Suhasini Khandra (2 Episodes) Sony TV
2005-2010 Baa Bahoo Aur Baby Godavari Thakkar Star Plus
2009 Kuch Kook Hota Hai Rani 9X
2010-2011 Chand Chupa Badal Mein Naintara Sharma Star Plus
2012 Byaah Hamari Bahoo Ka Tuljabai Dolkar Sony TV
2013 Adaalat Kavita (Episode Appearances) Sony TV
2013 Bh Se Bhade Kalyani Joshi Zee TV
2014-2016 Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi Hansa Govardhandas Parekh Colors
2016 Khidki Lalita Swami / Gomati Sab TV
2017 Bakula Bua Ka Bhoot Bakula &TV
2017 Ayushman Bhava Payal Star Bharat
2018 Khichdi Returns Champa Kaki (Guest) Star Plus
2018 Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka Subhadra Colors TV
2019 Hamari Bahu Silk Aruna Parekh Zee TV


Year Movies Role Language
1968 Kanyadaan Hindi
1974 Trimulti Hindi
1988 Main Zinda Hoon Hindi
1992 Karm Yodha Mrs. Dasgupta Hindi
2005 Nazar Urdu
2006 Darna Zaroori Hai Satish's Mother Hindi
2007 Guru Guru's Mother Hindi
2008 Dasvidaniya Maa Hindi
2009 Bollywood Beats Vina Hindi
2010 10ml Love Hindi
2013 Gangoobai Gangoobai Hindi
2014 Singham Returns Mrs. Jadhav Hindi
2016 Samuel Street Sarita Joshi (Guest) English
2018 Simmba Bharti Ranade Hindi


In 1988, she was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting in Gujarati.[4][5] In 2007, for her role as Godavari 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)
  • 'Favorite Actor' for Baa Bahoo Aur Baby by Star Parivar continuously for 4 years.
  • 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


  1. ^ "Theatre - Acting (Language Theatre-wise) - Gujarati". Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Archived from the original on 28 June 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "All in the family". Indian Today. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Baa, beti aur baby". MiD DAY. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Twining". Screen. 22 March 2002. Archived from the original on 2 March 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  5. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak Akademi Official website. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012.

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