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Sulabha Deshpande (Marathi: सुलभा देशपांडे; 1937 – 4 June 2016) was an Indian actress and theatre director. Apart from Marathi theatre and Hindi theatre in Mumbai, she acted in over 73 mainstream Bollywood films. She also performed in art house cinema such as Bhumika (1977), Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan (1978), and Gaman (1978) as a character actor, along with numerous TV series and plays.[2][3] A leading figure in experimental theatre movement of the 1960s, she was associated with Rangayan, and personalities like Vijay Tendulkar, Vijaya Mehta, and Satyadev Dubey. In 1971, she co-founded the theatre group Awishkar with her husband Arvind Deshpande, and also started its children's wing, Chandrashala, which continues to perform professional children theatre.[4] In later years, she acted in serials such as Jee Ley Zara, Ek Packet Umeed, and Asmita, and in films such as English Vinglish.

Sulabha Deshpande
Sulbha Deshpande.jpg
Born 1937
Mumbai, India
Died 4 June 2016(2016-06-04) (aged 78–79)[1]
Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress, director
Years active 1960s–2016
Spouse(s) Arvind Deshpande

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Early lifeEdit

She was born and brought up in Mumbai, where she studied at Siddhartha College in Fort, Mumbai, and later received a degree in education.

CareerEdit

Deshpande started her career as a teacher at Chhabildas Boy's High School in Dadar, Mumbai, while working here she asked noted playwright, Vijay Tendulkar to write a few plays for her students, this started her association with theatre, and in time made one of the pioneers in experimental theatre movement of the 1960s, as she joined the group Rangayan, which was founded by Vijaya Mehta, Vijay Tendulkar, Arvind Deshpande and Shriram Lagoo.[5] Soon, she started her acting career, though she first received acclaimed when she won state-level competitions for her plays like Madhlya Bhintee, Sasaa Ani Kasav, After Rangayan dispersed, she along with her husband Arvind Deshpande, and Arun Kakade formed the theatre group, Awishkar in 1971. Having played the lead role of Leela Benare in Vijay Tendulkar's noted play Shantata! Court Chalu Ahe in 1967 she established her calibre, later she reprised her role in the 1971 film version of the play directed by Satyadev Dubey, which turned out to be breakthrough role in feature films, thereafter she went on to work extensively both in Hindi cinema as well as Marathi cinema, and directors like Shyam Benegal, through the height of Indian new wave cinema, in the 1970s and 1980s.[6][7]

Awishkar was housed in the Chhabildas Hall at the Chhabildas Boy's High School, Mumbai, and thus gave rise to Chabildas theatre movement of amateur theatre. It also hold adult education workshops and trains young adults.[8] Soon, she established the Chandrashala, the children's theatre wing of Awishkar, and directed plays like Baba Harvale Ahet, Raja Ranila Ghaam Hava and Pandit Pandit Tujhi Akkal Shendit and notably the Sangeet Natak, Durga jhali Gauri (Durga Became Gauri) in 1982, a dance drama with a cast of seventy children.[6][7][9] She later directed the Hindi film version of the play Raja Ranila Ghaam Hava in 1978. After nearly 18 years of its establishment, Awishkar's association with Chhabildas school ended and the group restarted at the Mahim Municipal School, where it continues to hold its theatre productions, workshops and annual school production of Durga jhali Gauri performed by a new cast each year.[10] Notable Bollywood actors Nana Patekar and Urmila Matondkar have been students of Chandrashala.[11] She was currently playing a role of Grandmother-in-law in Zee Marathi's Serial Asmita.

Personal lifeEdit

She was married to noted theatre actor-director, Arvind Deshpande, who died in 1987.

DeathEdit

Sulabha Deshpande died on 4 June 2016 in Mumbai, after prolonged illness.[12][13] She was cremated the next day.

Selected filmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

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As actor
Year Title Role Language
1971 Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe Leela Benare Marathi
1974 Jadu Ka Shankh जादू का शंख Hindi
1975 Zindagi Aur Toofan Hindi
1977 Jait Re Jait जैत रे जैत Marathi
1977 Bhumika Shanta Hindi
1978 Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan अरविंद देसाई की अजीब दास्तान Hindi
1978 Kondura Kanthamma Hindi / Telugu
1978 Gaman Vasu's mother Hindi
1980 Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai अल्बर्ट पिंटो को गुस्सा क्यों आता है Albert's mother Hindi
1980 Kasturi कस्तूरी Hindi
1980 Yeh Kaisa Insaf यह कैसा इंसाफ Hindi
1982 Vijeta Hindi
1982 Sitam सितम Hindi
1982 Bheegi Palkein Janki Kishan Acharya Hindi
1982 Ramnagari रामनगरी Hindi
1984 Duniya दुनिया Hindi
1984 Hech Maza Maher हेच माझं माहेर Hindi
1985 Ghar Dwaar घर द्वार Hindi
1985 Janu जानू Hindi
1985 Sur Sangam सुर संगम Hindi
1987 Ijaazat इजाजत Parvati Hindi
1988 Salaam Bombay! सलाम बोम्बे! Social Worker at Welfare Centre Hindi
1988 Khoon Bhari Maang खून भरी मांग Hindi
1989 Tridev त्रिदेव Hindi
1990 Ghar Ho To Aisa घर हो तो ऐसा Dipti Naval's Mother Hindi
1990 Krodh क्रोध Hindi
1991 Dushman Devta दुश्मन देवता Hindi
1991 Chaukat Raja चौकट राजा Nandu's mother Marathi
1992 Dhaar Hindi
1992 Dil Aashna Hai दिल आशना है Hindi
1992 Hamla हमला Hindi
1992 Jaan Tere Naam जान तेरे नाम Hindi
1993 Aadmi Khilona Hai आदमी खिलौना है Hindi
1994 Chouraha चौराहा Hindi
1994 Mister Aajad मिस्टर आजाद Hindi
1995 Ab Insaf Hoga अब इंसाफ होगा Hindi
1995 Yarana याराना Hindi
1996 Badalte Rishte बदलते रिश्ते Hindi
1996 Bhishma भीष्म Hindi
1997 Virasat विरासत Bali's mother Hindi
1997 Tamanna तमन्ना Hindi
1997 Ek Phool Teen Kante एक फूल तीन कांटे Hindi
1997 Common Man कॉमन मॅन Hindi
1997 Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat राजा की आयेगी बारात Hindi
1997 Ghulam-E-Mustafa गैर Hindi
1998 Yug Purush युगपुरुष Hindi
1999 Gair गुलाम-ऐ-मुस्तफा Hindi
2001 Daughters of This Century डॉटर्स ऑफ धिस सेंचुरी Hemlata Hindi
2005 The Film द फिल्म Hindi
2005 Darpan Ke Piche दर्पण के पीछे Hindi
2009 Vihir Bau Aaji Marathi
2010 Haapus Marathi
2011 Mala Aai Vhhaychy! Marathi
2012 English Vinglish Mrs. Godbole Hindi
2013 Investment Aai Marathi
2017 Braveheart Marathi [15]
As director
Year Title Language Notes
1978 Raja Rani Ko Chahiye Pasina Hindi Children's film

TelevisionEdit

As actor
Year Title Language Channel
1986 Chhoti Badi Baatein Hindi
Rishtey (Season 1)
Episode: Jeeya Jaaye Naa...
Hindi Zee TV
Rishtey (Season 2)
Episode: Chhaaya
Hindi Zee TV
1996 Badalte Rishte Hindi
1997–1999 Tanha Hindi Star Plus
1998 Woh Hindi Zee Tv
1998 Alpviram Hindi Sony TV
2008 Ek Packet Umeed Hindi NDTV Imagine
2011 Mrs. Tendulkar Hindi SAB TV
2013 Kehta Hai Dil Jee Le Zara Hindi Sony Entertainment Television
2014-2016 Asmita Marathi Zee Marathi

Theatre[16]Edit

Title Language Notes
Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe Marathi
Raja Ranila Ghaam Hava Marathi
Sakharam Binder Marathi
Durga Zaali Gauri Marathi
Baba Harvale Ahet Marathi
Pandit Pandit Tujhi Akkal Shendit Marathi

AwardsEdit

She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for theatre acting in Marathi and Hindi theatre in 1987, the award is given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama. It is the highest Indian recognition given to practising artists.[17] She also received the award, Tanveer Sanman in 2010.[6] She has also been honoured by various other awards like Nanasaheb Phatak Puraskar, Ganpatrao Joshi Puraskar, Vasantrao Kanetkar Puraskar, Kusumagraj Puraskar, Rangabhoomi Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar[18] and Sarvashrestha Kalagaurav Puraskar by Sanskruti Kaladarpan.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Veteran actor, theatre person Sulabha Deshpande passes away". Indian Express. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Theatre guru Satyadev Dubey passes away". The Hindu. 25 December 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Interview : 'Reaction matters to me'". The Hindu. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Quality, not quantity of life, matters, feels Sulabha Deshpande". Indian Express. 13 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Vijay Tendulkar. Five Plays For Children. Scholastic India. p. introduction. ISBN 8184771339. 
  6. ^ a b c "Tanveer Sanman for Sulabha Deshpande". The Times of India. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Tanveer Sanman for veteran actress Sulabha Deshpande". DNA. 4 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Rustom Bharucha (1990). Theatre and the World: Performance and the Politics of Culture. Routledge. p. 113. ISBN 0415092167. 
  9. ^ Don Rubin (1998). The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Volume 5: Asia/Pacific. Taylor & Francis. p. 203. ISBN 041505933X. 
  10. ^ "Shantata! Awishkar Chalu Aahe". Mumbai Theatre Guide. August 2008. 
  11. ^ Agnihotri, Aarati (12 October 2012). "मैने अच्छी सास का रोल किया है इंग्लिश-विंग्लिश में" (in Hindi). Chandigarh: Dainik Bhaskar. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Remembering Arvind Deshpande (May 31, 1932 – January 3, 1987)". January 2007. 
  13. ^ ज्येष्ठ अभिनेत्री सुलभा देशपांडे यांच्या पार्थिवावर अंत्यसंस्कार
  14. ^ ज्येष्ठ अभिनेत्री सुलभा देशपांडे यांचे निधन Archived 5 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ http://marathistars.com/news/braveheart-film-dasbabu-will-releasing-7-april/
  16. ^ Sulabha Deshpande
  17. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak Akademi Official website. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "नोंद : सुलभा देशपांडे" (in Marathi). Maharashtra Times. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "सुलभा देशपांडे यांना "सर्वश्रेष्ठ कलागौरव'" (in Marathi). Mumbai: Sakal. 26 March 2012. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 

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