Varsha Usgaonkar

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Varsha S. Usgaonkar is an Indian film actress from Goa, who has worked in various Marathi as well as Bollywood movies as the leading lady. During the 1990s, she was the most popular actress in Marathi cinema.[1]

Varsha Sinai Usgaonkar
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Usgaonkar in March 2015
Born28 February 1968
Other namesVarsha Sharma
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)
Ajay Sharma
(m. 2000)

CareerEdit

Varsha Usgaonkar first shot to fame in 1984 as the lead heroine in the super-hit Marathi stage play Brahmachari.

Subsequently, she quickly rose to one of the top heroines in the Marathi film industry with super-hits such as Gammat Jammat,[2] Hamal De Dhamal, Saglikade Bombabomb, Sawat Majhi Ladki, Shejari Shejari, Ek Hota Vidushak, Lapandav and Aflatoon. She starred as the lead actress in the Bollywood films Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi and Pathreela Raasta. In 2005, she appeared in the Bollywood films Mangal Pandey: The Rising and Mr Ya Miss as a supporting actress. In the Faisal Saif-directed controversial Hindi feature film, Jigyaasa, she played mother to Hrishitaa Bhatt. Usgaonkar started her television career in 1988 playing the role of Uttara, wife of Abhimanyu and mother of Parikshit, (the future of the Bharat Dynasty TV serial Mahabharata).[3] The role led her to many Hindi movie offers and most of them failed to create a box office success. She also played Roopmati (Snake Queen) in the 1994 TV serial Chandrakanta. She has appeared in the Marathi shows Aakash Zep and Eka Mekansathi, and she has acted in the Hindi television serials Alvida Darling,[4] Tanha and Anhonee.

One of her most prominent performances was on the TV serial Jhansi Ki Rani in the 1990s on Doordarshan, where she played the lead character of Rani Lakshmibai.

Usgaonkar sang in a Konkani music album Roop Tujem Laita Pixem, with Ulhas Buyao.[5]

She is currently playing the supporting role of Nandini Yashwant Shirke-Patil in marathi channel Star Pravah's popular show Sukh Mhanje Nakki Kay Asta.

Personal lifeEdit

 
Usgaonkar with husband Ajay Sharma in 2014

Usgaonkar is a Konkani.[6][7] She is the daughter of Goa's former Deputy Speaker A. K. S. Usgaonkar. She has two sisters, Tosha Kurade and Manisha Tarcar.[8]

Usgaonkar married Ajay Sharma, son of Indian film music director Ravishankar Sharma or Bombay Ravi, in March 2000.[9]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Medium Role
2020–present Sukh Mhanje Nakki Kay Asta! Television series Nandini Yashwant Shirke-Patil (Maisaheb)
2019 Benddkar (Konkani)[10]
2018 Janvoy No.1 (Konkani)
2017 Jamai Raja (2014 TV series) Kritika Khurana[11]
2016 Ardhangini Ek Ardhsatya
Kangana (Rajasthani)
2014 Super Nani Film
2013 Duniyadari (Marathi) Rani Maa
2011 Arjun
2010 Naam
2006 Jigyaasa Teacher Malini Mathur
2005 The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey Rani Laxmibai
2004 Hatya: The Murder Kavita Jaiswal
2001 Style Police Inspector
2001 Vishnu Puran (TV series) Television series Mohini
1999 Sei To Abar Kache Ele (Bengali) Film
1999 Chehraa
1999 Ladhaai (Marathi) Sunita Nadkarni
1999 Rang Premacha (Marathi) -
1998 Hastee Hastee Television series
1997 Ghar Jamai (Tvseries) Zee Tv Miss Chamcham (Special Appearance Only episode no 20)
1996 Muqadama Seema
1996 Shohrat
1995 Aahat (Tvseries) Season 1 (1995-2001)Sony Entertainment Television Episode286-The Mud (1 Episode only)
1994 Pathreela Raasta Film Mona
1993 Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi Radha
1993 Insaniyat Ke Devta (Hindi) Husna Bano[12]
1993 Khal-Naaikaa Varsha
1993 Hasti Anita
1993 Lapandav (Marathi) Rasika Samarth
1993 Parwane
1993 Tirangaa Shanti
1993 Ek Hota Vidushak
1993 Savat Mazi Ladki (Marathi) Beena
1992 Shubh Mangal Savdhan (Marathi) -
1992 Maal Masala (Marathi) -
1992 Ghar Jamai
1992 Dilwale Kabhi Na Hare Shabnam
1992 Honeymoon (1992 film)
1991 Aflatoon (Marathi) Bitti
1991 Hamal De Dhamal (Marathi) Nandini Patvardhan
1991 Hafta Bandh
1991 Saathi Nisha
1991 Shikari: The Hunter Chanchal
1990 Doodh Ka Karz Kajri
1990 Shejari Shejari (Marathi) Preeti
1990 Aamchya Sarkhe Aamhich (Marathi) Nandini
1989 Bhutacha Bhau (Marathi) Anjali
1988 Mahabharat (Hindi) Television series Uttara[3]
1988 Sagalikade Bombabomb (Marathi) Film Rajani Bala
1987 Gammat Jammat (Marathi) Kalpana[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'Marathi cinema helped me identify myself' – Varsha Usgaonkar". The Navhind Times. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Gammat Jammat". The Times of India. 4 June 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b Jain, Arushi (21 May 2020). "Mahabharat actor Varsha Usgaonkar revisits the epic show". The Indian Express. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  4. ^ "I feel sad and deprived, I do miss Chamatkar". Indian Express. indianexpress.com. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Rock and Raaga". rockandraaga.in. 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Konkani Parishad's silver jubilee session in February - The Hindu". The Hindu. thehindu.com. 18 January 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  7. ^ Wikipedia, S. (2011). Konkani People: Guru Dutt, Girish Karnad, Shyam Benegal, Ravindra Kelekar, Eesha Koppikhar, Basti Vaman Shenoy, Shankar Nag, Deepika Padukone. General Books. ISBN 9781233060511. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Goa's emerald eyed 'Sridevi' | iGoa". Archived from the original on 2 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Redirection From Mobile URL". m.outlookindia.com. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Konkani movie 'Benddkar' sees good opening". Deccan Herald. 22 November 2019. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  11. ^ Deb, Rishabh (26 February 2017). "Varsha Usgaonkar makes a comeback on TV after a decade - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  12. ^ Sara, Nissy (12 May 2020). "Rajinikanth starrer 'Insaniyat Ke Devta' lesser-known facts you must check out". Republic World. Retrieved 5 June 2020.

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