Shashikala

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Shashikala
Born Shashikala Jawalkar
1933 (age 80–81)
Solapur, Maharashtra, India
Years active 1944–present
Spouse(s) Om Prakash Saigal

Shashikala Om Prakash Saigal (née: Shashikala Jawalkar; Marathi: शशिकला; born 1933), better known by her first name, is an Indian film and television actress, who has played supporting roles in over 100 Bollywood films.

Early years[edit]

Shashikala was born as one of six siblings in Solapur, Maharashtra in a well-to-do Marathi-speaking Jawalkar family. By age 5, she had already been dancing, singing, and acting on stage in many towns in Solapur district.

When Shashikala was in her pre-teens, through ill luck, her father became bankrupt, and he brought his family to Bombay (now Mumbai) where they thought that Shashikala, the best-looking and most-talented among his children, could find work in movies. For some time, the family lived with friends and barely survived, while Shashikala wandered from one studio to another looking for work. She earned in bits and pieces till she met Noor Jehan, the reigning screen queen.

Noor Jehan's husband, Shaukat, was making a movie Zeenat then, and included Shashikala in a qawwali scene. She received 25 rupees for her role. She struggled on and got small roles in movies made by P. N. Arora, Amiya Chakravarti, and a few other producers. She got roles in V. Shantaram's Teen Batti Char Rasta and a few other movies.

While in her early twenties, Shashikala met and married Om Prakash Saigal, who belonged to the Kundan Lal Saigal family, and had two daughters.[1]

Acclaimed supporting roles[edit]

In 1959 she appeared in Bimal Roy's Sujata. In Tarachand Barjatya's Arati (1962), starring Meena Kumari, Ashok Kumar, and Pradeep Kumar, Shashikala portrayed a negative role, eventually winning a Filmfare Award. Soon after, offers began to pour in to her for supporting roles. She appeared in Jangalee, Anupama, Phool Aur Patthar, Ayi Milan Ki Bela, Gumrah, Waqt, and Khubsoorat.

Meena Kumari, Padmini, Nutan, Sharmila Tagore, Mala Sinha, and Waheeda Rehman have been among the leading actresses with whom Shashikala performed in supporting roles. While the female lead costars in the involved movies usually played roles of good-natured, modest, or pious women, Shashikala usually played either flighty and feisty bubbly women or vamps who plotted the downfall of others. Later in her acting career, she would typically play the role of a sister or mother-in-law. She performed in supporting roles in over 100 movies.

Asha Bhosle was often the playback singer for Shashikala in her earlier career. "Sheeshe Se Pee" and "Bheegi Bheegi Faza" "Jindagime pyar karna sikhle" are three popular songs which Bhosle had sung for Shashikala.

Recent acting roles[edit]

In the past ten years, Shashikala has performed in a few television serials, including Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai for Sony, Apnaapan for Zee TV,Dil Deke Dekho for Star Plus and Son Pari for Star Plus. She has also had successful roles in Mother ‘98, Pardesi Babu, Baadshah, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Chori Chori.

Awards[edit]

Shashikala has received eight nominations for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award and won the award twice:

Filmography[edit]

  • Padmashree Laloo Prasad Yadav (2005) (as Sasikala) .... South African Witness
  • Rakht (2004) (as Shasikala) .... Dhristi's Grandmother
  • Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) .... Grandma Malhotra
  • Chori Chori (2003) .... Chachi
  • Jhankaar Beats (2003) .... Shanti's mother
  • Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham ... (2001)
  • Uljhan (2001) .... Varun's grandma
  • Baadshah (1999) .... Baadshah's Mother
  • Mother (1999) .... Mrs. Chaudhary
  • Pardesi Babu (1998) .... Mai (landlady)
  • Maharaja (1998) .... Ranbir's mom
  • Main Solah Baras Ki (1998)
  • Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge! (1998) .... Mrs. Malhotra
  • Lahoo Ke Do Rang (1997) .... Chachi
  • Salma Pe Dil Aa Gaya (1997)
  • Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani (1988) .... Mrs, . Dhanraj
  • Main Tere Liye (1988) .... Anjana Saxena
  • Dadagiri (1987) .... Shanti B. Singh
  • Mera Karam Mera Dharam (1987) .... Mrs. Taraknath
  • Arjun (1985) .... Mrs. Rukhmini Malvankar
  • Tawaif (1985) (as Shashi Kala) .... Bilquis Bai
  • Ram Tera Desh (1984) .... Kanta Saxena
  • Dard-E-Dil (1983) .... Shola
  • Souten (1983) (as Shashi Kala) .... Renu Prannath Pasha
  • Anokha Bandhan (1982) .... Annapurna's mom
  • Teri Maang Sitaron Se Bhar Doon (1982) .... Anand's Mother
  • Samraat (1982) .... Ranbir's mom
  • Yeh To Kamaal Ho Gaya (1982)
  • Ahista Ahista (1981) .... Subbalaxmi
  • Biwi O Biwi (1981) (as Shashi Kala) .... Nirmala
  • Rocky (1981) .... Sophia
  • Kranti (1981) .... Charumati (Shakti's Adopted Mother)
  • Jyothi (1981) .... Sunanda (Niranjan's mom)
  • Khubsoorat (1980) .... Mrs. Gupta
  • Phir Wohi Raat (1980) .... Aunty
  • Saajan Mere Main Saajan Ki (1980)
  • Swayamvar (1980) .... Jwala
  • Yeh Kaisa Insaf? (1980) .... Shanta Nath
  • Sargam (1979) .... Savitri Pradhan
  • Hamara Sansar (1978)
  • Amaanat (1977) .... Sonia
  • Dildaar (1977) (as Shashi Kala) .... Lata's mom
  • Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye (1977) (as Sashikala) .... Ms. Saxena
  • Swami (1977) .... Ghanshyam's step-mother
  • Chhote Sarkar (1974)
  • Naag Panchami (1972) .... Mahadevi Mansa
  • Chhoti Bahu (1971) .... Paro
  • Jawan Muhabat (1971) (as Shashi Kala) .... Mala Das
  • Woh Din Yaad Karo (1971)
  • Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani (1970) .... Jamuna
  • Humjoli (1970) .... Shyama Rai
  • Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (1970)
  • Rahgir (1969)
  • Shatranj (1969) .... Suzie
  • Tamanna (1969)
  • Neel Kamal (1968) .... Chanchal
  • Teen Bahuraniyan (1968) .... Sheela Devi
  • Chhoti Si Mulaqat (1967) .... Sonia
  • Mehrban (1967) .... Devki
  • Anupama (1966) .... Anita Bakshi 'Annie'
  • Daadi Maa (1966) .... Ganga
  • Devar (1966)
  • Do Dilon Ki Dastaan (1966)
  • Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare (1966) .... Ms. Paul
  • Pati Patni (1966) .... Lali
  • Phool Aur Patthar (1966) .... Rita
  • Pyar Mohabbat (1966) .... Mohini
  • Waqt (1965) .... Rani sahiba
  • Bedaag (1965) .... Lata
  • Himalay Ki God Mein (1965) (as Shashi Kala) .... Dr. Neeta Verma
  • Neela Aakash (1965)
  • Teesra Kaun (1965)
  • Aap Ki Parchhaiyan (1964) .... Rekha
  • Apne Huye Paraye (1964) .... Lata
  • Ayee Milan Ki Bela (1964) .... Roopa
  • Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein (1964)
  • Jahan Ara (1964) .... Karuna
  • Mera Qasoor Kya Hai (1964)
  • Punar Milan (1964) .... Shobhna Bakshi
  • Godaan (1963)
  • Gumrah (1963) .... Leela/Miss Roberts
  • Hamrahi (1963) .... Hemalata 'Hema'
  • Yeh Rastey Hain Pyar Ke (1963) .... Asha
  • Aarti (1962) .... Jaswanti
  • Anpadh (1962) .... Basanti
  • Hariyali Aur Rasta (1962) .... Rita
  • Naag Devata (1962)
  • Batwara (1961)
  • Junglee (1961) (as Shashi Kala) .... Mala
  • Jo Huwa So Bhool Jao (1960)
  • Kanoon (1960)
  • Singapore (1960) .... Shobha
  • Sujata (1959) .... Rama Chowdhury
  • 12 O'Clock (1958) .... Neena
  • Captain Kishore (1957)
  • Lal Batti (1957)
  • Nau Do Gyarah (1957) .... Neeta
  • Arab Ka Saudagar (1956)
  • Bandhan (1956)
  • Bhagambhag (1956)
  • Diwali Ki Raat (1956)
  • Patrani (1956) .... Namunjala
  • Abe Hayat (1955)
  • Bahu (1955)
  • Samaj (1954) (as Sashikala)
  • Sangam (1954)
  • Shart (1954)
  • Chacha Chowdhury (1953)
  • Jeewan Jyoti (1953) .... Leela
  • Teen Batti Char Raasta (1953) .... Lalita (Maratha wife)
  • Arzoo (1950) .... Kamla
  • ((Raj Rani)) (1950)
  • Bombay (1949)
  • Doli (1947) (as Sashikala)
  • Jugnu (1947)
  • Chand (1944)
  • Karodpati (1936)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vimla Patil (March 7, 1999). "Peace that surpasseth understanding". The Tribune. p. Sunday Reading. 
  2. ^ 27th Annual BFJA Awards
    33rd Annual BFJA Awards
  3. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954-2009)". Ministry of Home Affairs. 
  4. ^ "Turn it up, folks - DNA". Dnaindia.com. 2009-04-07. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 

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