Nilam singh in 2012
1 November 1965 |
Nilam singh Khan Gujjar is from a Maharashtrian family. Her father, Pandharinath Kolhapure, is a classical singer whose family was from Kolhapur and Goa. Her mother, whose family hailed from Mangalore, held a job working for the airlines. Her father's first cousin is Dinanath Mangeshkar, father of singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.
As a child, she sang in the chorus for songs in films like Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Kitab and Dushman Dost with her sister Shivangi (married to Shakti Kapoor). Padmini later sang for her own films like Vidhaata ("Saat Saheliyan"), Hum Intezaar Karenge and Sadak Chaap (with Kishore Kumar). She released an album with Bhappi Lahri called Music Lovers. She performed for the Greater London Council at the Royal Albert Hall in London with Baapi Lahiri and his troupe in 1986.
Asha Bhosle suggested Padmini's name to Dev Anand, who then cast her in Ishq Ishq Ishq (1975). This led to other films, such as Dreamgirl (1978), Zindagi (1976), and Saajan Bina Suhagan (1978). She also gave a very commendable performance of a school girl inflicted by black magic in Gehrayee (1980).
Her mother quit her airlines job to be a full-time chaperone as Padmini picked up more roles. Her most famous child role was playing a child in Raj Kapoor's 1977 film Satyam Shivam Sundaram. Her success led to her most controversial role in Insaaf Ka Tarazu (1980), a remake of Lipstick (1976), where she played the rape victim that was originally played by Mariel Hemingway. She earned the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance. She graduated to heroine roles at the age of 15 in Nasir Hussain's Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai opposite Rishi Kapoor. The film flopped, but she reunited with Rishi Kapoor for his father Raj Kapoor's film Prem Rog in 1982. The film earned her a Filmfare Best Actress Award. She earned a special acting award for Ahista Ahista.
Padmini was known for her professionalism and diligence. She even worked when she had fever on Do Dilon Ki Dastaan. She had more box office hits, such as Vidhaata (1982) and Souten (1983). She had a huge hit with Pyar Jhukta Nahin (1985) with Mithun Chakraborty, and they were paired together in several more films. She agreed to work with Anil Kapoor when he was a newcomer in his first film, Woh Saat Din (1983). The movie was a hit and helped cement his name in the Indian film industry; Anil Kapoor attributes his eventual success in the film industry to her 'luck factor'.
Kolhapure married producer Pradeep Sharma, alias Tutu Sharma, after he cast her in Aisa Pyar Kahan. She has a son named Priyank.
After her son grew up, she returned to acting in 2004, such as for the Marathi films Manthan and Chimnee Pakhra, which was a huge hit and earned her a Screen Award in the Best Marathi Actress category. She appeared in the 2006 horror film Eight Shani. In 2011, she made her foray into Malayalam cinema with V. K. Prakash's Karmayogi, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
She appeared in Mera Bachpan with Helen in 2008. She has also acted on stage in Kaash, followed by Abhi To Mein Jawan Hoon and Aasman Se Gire Khajoor Pe Atke , with her brother-in-law Shakti Kapoor. Padmini's younger sister Tejaswini Kolhapure is also an actress. Her other sister, Shivangi Kapoor (née Kohlapure), is married to Indian actor Shakti Kapoor.
|1976||Zindagi||Guddu N. Shukla||as Padmini Kolapuri|
|1977||Dream girl||little Orphan||as Baby Padmini|
|1978||Saajan Bina Suhagan||BulBul Chopra||as Baby Padmini|
|1978||Satyam Shivam Sundaram||Young Rupa||as Baby Padmini|
|1980||Thodisi Bewafaii||Meenu||Nandu's Girlfriend|
|1980||Gehrayee||Uma||Chenna Basappa's Daughter|
|1980||Insaaf Ka Tarazu|
|1981||Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai|
|1982||Prem Rog||Manorama (Rama)|
|1983||Pyaar Jhukta Nahin||Preeti B. Pratap / Preeti A. Khanna|
|1983||Mazdoor||Meena D. Saxena / Meena A. Mathur|
|1983||Wo saat din||Maya / Maya||
|1984||Yeh Ishque Nahin Asan|
|1983||Woh Saat Din||Maya|
|1985||Aaj Ka Daur||Durga Agnihotri|
|1985||Rahi Badal Gaye||Sangeeta|
|1985||Insaaf Main Karoonga||Pinky|
|1986||Swarag Se Sunder||Lalita Choudhury|
|1986||Aisa Pyaar Kahan||Pooja|
|1986||Pyar Kiya Hai Pyar Karenge||Usha|
|1987||Pyar Ke Kabil||Sangeeta A. Kapoor|
|1988||Hum Intezaar Karenge||Manisha V. Anand|
|1993||Professor Ki Padosan||Menaka Khanna|
|2003||Chimani Pakhar||Marathi film|
|2006||Souten: The Other Woman||Smita S. Singh|
|2006||Eight: The Power Of Shani||Radha S. Rai|
|2009||Bolo Raam||Archana Kaushik||Mother of Raam|
|2012||Karmayogi||as Mankamma||Rudran's Mother|
|2012||Mai||as Madhu||Daughter Of Asha Bhosle|
|2013||Phata Poster Nikla Hero||as Mrs. Rao|
Filmfare awards and nominations
- 1980 Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Insaaf Ka Tarazu
- 1982 Filmfare Best Actress Award for Prem Rog
- 1983 Filmfare nomination as Best Supporting Actress for Souten
- 1985 Filmfare nomination as Best Actress for Pyar Jhukta Nahin
Other awards and nominations
- 2003 Kalakar Award - Achiever Award
- 2006 Screen Best Actress Award for Chimnee Pakhre (Marathi)
- If I had my way, I would have worked with Raj Kapoor all my life: Padmini Kolhapure Times of India 13 September 2013
- http://groups.msn.com/PadminiKolhapureHeatoftheEighties/masalatruths.msnw[dead link]
- Starkid on the block: Priyank Sharma Hindustan Times 28 January 2013
- http://in.news.yahoo.com/050330/57/2kgl8.html[dead link]
- http://in.news.yahoo.com/040525/149/2daiu.html[dead link]
- "Padmini Kolhapure in V. K. Prakash's Karmayogi". Nowrunning.com. October 13, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
- Unni R. Nair. (March 11, 2011). "Karmayogi: Hamlet retold". Retrieved April 26, 2011.
- Ashok Kumar (Expressindia.com) (2008-08-13). "Working for TV serial was frustrating: Tejaswini". Express India. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- Returning to films was natural says Padmini Kolhapure
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- Karmayogi film in Wiki
- 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
- Kalakar Awards