Shobhna Samarth

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Shobhna Shilotri Samarth
Shobhna Samarth (1915 - 2000) film actor-director.jpg
Born Saroj Shilotri, c. 1915
Mumbai, India
Died 9 February 2000 (aged 85)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation actress, film director, producer
Spouse(s) Kumarsen Samarth
Children Nutan
Chatura Samarth
Parent(s) Rattan Bai
Prabhakar Shilotri
Relatives Shomu Mukherjee (Son-in-law)
Rajnish Bahl (Son-in-law)
See Mukherjee-Samarth family

Shobhna Samarth (Marathi: शोभना समर्थ) (c. 1915 – 9 February 2000) was a Marathi actress who began her career in the early days of talkie movies in the Indian film industry, and continued in lead roles into the 1950s. She started in Marathi cinema. Her first Hindi film, Nigahen Nafrat was released in 1935. She is best remembered for her portrayal of Sita in Ram Rajya (1943).[1]

She later produced and directed a pair of movies that launched the careers of her daughters, Nutan and Tanuja.

Personal life[edit]

A member of a prominent film industry family, which has been in Bollywood since the 1940s, Shobhna was born as Saroj Shilotri to banker P.S. Shilotri and his wife, Rattan Bai.

She was married to director and cinematographer Kumarsen Samarth from Vile Parle(E), Mumbai. They had three daughters and a son. Eventually the couple parted amicably and Shobhana became linked to actor Motilal.[2] Two of her daughters, Nutan and Tanuja, also became actresses. Shobhana produced their debut films. Another daughter, Chatura, is an artist, and her daughter Reshma, who is married, currently lives in St. Louis, MO. Chatura never acted in films neither her daughter Reshma. Nutan's son Mohnish Behl is also an actor as are Tanuja's daughters Kajol & Tanisha Mukherjee. Kajol is married to actor Ajay Devgan. Other members of the dynasty include Shomu Mukherjee who married Tanuja. (See Mukherjee-Samarth family (film)).

She and daughter Nutan were estranged for more than two decades but reconciled in the year 1983 before Nutan's death from cancer in February 1991. At her own death from cancer in 2000, Shobhna had seven granddaughters, one grandson, three great-granddaughters, and two great-grandsons.She was Lux's first heroine

Samarth won a Filmfare Special Award in 1996.[3]


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As Director[edit]


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